Ingredient: brown sugar

Cock-A-Leekie Soup

Long-time Tea customer, Kristen Turner, shares her husband’s authentic Scottish family recipe for Cock-A-Leekie soup. Read the full post here for more on this traditional Scottish dish and other tasty cultural treats.

Cock-A-Leekie Soup Recipe
Cock-A-Leekie Soup
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Enjoyed by Scots for generations, this hearty, classic soup consists of peppery chicken, leeks, barley and more traditionally, pitted prunes. A wonderfully heartwarming dish for a cold winter day!
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Enjoyed by Scots for generations, this hearty, classic soup consists of peppery chicken, leeks, barley and more traditionally, pitted prunes. A wonderfully heartwarming dish for a cold winter day!
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4bowls 30minutes 12hours and 40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4bowls 30minutes
Cook Time
12hours and 40 minutes
Instructions
  1. In a slow cooker, combine the chicken bones and carcass with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Then add enough water to cover the chicken bones.
  2. Set your slower cooker on high for 1 hour, then reduce heat to low and cook overnight.
  3. When the stock is ready, remove the bones and transfer 6 cups of the broth to a medium-sized sauce pan. Freeze the extra stock for later soup-making endeavors.
  4. Add in the chopped chicken, leeks, brown sugar, thyme, bay leaf, salt, pepper and 2 cups water.
  5. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Stir in the cooked barley (or rice), and simmer, covered, for another 10 minutes. Add water as needed.
  7. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with parsley.
  8. *Note: There is no wrong way to make this soup. Like a lot of Scottish cooking, it's about making do with what you have. While the basis of the soup is always chicken stock, chicken and leeks, the rest is up to taste. Some choose to add carrot or celery, and others prefer potato in place of the rice.
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Authentic Scottish Millionaire’s Shortbread

Long-time Tea customer, Kristen Turner, shares her husband’s authentic Scottish family recipe for Millionaire’s Shortbread. Read the full post here for more on this delicious Scottish dessert and other tasty cultural treats.

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Authentic Scottish Millionaire's Shortbread
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A modern twist on a classic Scottish treat, Millionaire's Shortbread features a delightfully rich caramel and chocolate layer atop the traditionally buttery biscuit. Thanks to one of our Tea-loving families, we've got grandma's secret recipe...straight from the Scottish Highlands!
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A modern twist on a classic Scottish treat, Millionaire's Shortbread features a delightfully rich caramel and chocolate layer atop the traditionally buttery biscuit. Thanks to one of our Tea-loving families, we've got grandma's secret recipe...straight from the Scottish Highlands!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
16squares 30minutes 1 ½hours
Servings Prep Time
16squares 30minutes
Cook Time
1 ½hours
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
Shortbread Base
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease 9-inch square pan with butter, or non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar and cornstarch. Mix with a whisk or food processor.
  4. Add the butter. Note: If not using a food processor, you will need to knead the butter thoroughly into the mixture.
  5. Then, mix in the water.
  6. Next, it's time to spoon the mixture into the pan. It will be sticky, so you'll need a spatula for this.
  7. Use a fork to pierce the dough, then pop it in the oven!
  8. Bake for 25 minutes until golden, and firm to the touch. Then set aside to cool.
Caramel
  1. Using a whisk, mix the condensed milk, brown sugar, butter, golden syrup and vanilla extract in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir continuously until the mixture comes to a boil and begins to thicken into a caramel (this should take about 10 minutes).
  3. Pour the caramel over the shortbread, and leave to set about 20 minutes.
Chocolate Topping
  1. Set a pot of water on the stove, and bring to a boil.
  2. Pour the chocolate and heavy cream into a metal bowl and place on top of your pot of boiling water.
  3. Using a whisk, stir the chocolate and cream until the mixture melts into a smooth, glossy texture.
  4. Then pour the chocolate top over the caramel layer and spread evenly.
  5. Let the pan cool and then place it in the fridge to set. Refrigerate for at least an hour—the longer, the better.
  6. Once the traybake is set, remove from the fridge. Then cut into squares and serve!
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Scottish Shortbread Fingers

Scottish Shortbread Fingers
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Special occasions always call for a little something sweet! In Scotland, shortbread is a famously popular treat, and a favorite among families during the holiday season. Buttery, crumbly, and oh-so delicious, you'll want to make this recipe a tradition for years to come.
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Special occasions always call for a little something sweet! In Scotland, shortbread is a famously popular treat, and a favorite among families during the holiday season. Buttery, crumbly, and oh-so delicious, you'll want to make this recipe a tradition for years to come.
Prep Time Cook Time
15minutes 20minutes
Prep Time
15minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Then add 3-3/4 cups flour and mix thoroughly.
  3. Turn your dough onto a flat surface and knead for 5 minutes, adding enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  4. Now it's time to get rolling! Using a rolling pin, roll your dough to 1/2-in. thickness.
  5. Then throw your dough into an 8x8 inch pan, prick the top with a fork and pop it in the oven.
  6. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  7. Then it's time to shape your shortbread. Note: There are a few traditional 'styles' you can go with—pizza-like slices called 'petticoat tails', small circular biscuits or 'rounds', or rectangular bars known as 'shortbread fingers'. We've decided to go with the 'fingers'. Simply cut your giant cookie into 3x1 inch strips, and enjoy!
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Cast Iron Cinnamon Rolls

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Cast Iron Cinnamon Rolls
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16rolls
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16rolls
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  1. Mix together and knead all of the dough ingredients. This can be done by hand, mixer or in a bread machine (on dough setting).
  2. If mixed by hand or mixer, once smooth and soft, place dough in lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise for 60 minutes or doubled.
  3. Gently transfer dough to a floured surface. Roll dough into a large rectangle until dough is roughly just under a centimeter.
  4. Spread melted butter onto the surface of dough (reserving 1 tbsp). Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon evenly on top.
  5. From the shorter end, roll the dough into a log and cut into 15-16 slices.
  6. Place buns in a well-greased cast iron. Drizzle reserved 1 tbsp butter over buns. Cover skillet and let buns rise for about 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  8. Uncover buns and bake for about 15 minutes, just until they're golden brown.
  9. While buns are in the oven, beat cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla.
  10. Remove cinnamon rolls from the oven and spread icing evenly on top while they're warm.
  11. Best server warm with a tall glass of milk. Wrap in plastic wrap to store at room temperature for a few days... If you're able to stay away for that long!
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Baguette French Toast

Baguette French Toast
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The day after Thanksgiving may be the toughest time to cook for people who have hosted the big feast the day before. In my family, my stepmom calls it her day of rest. Her baguette french toast is the absolute perfect solution to keeping us all well fed with minimal effort on her part. She uses leftover (if there is any!) baguettes from dinner and throws any fruit she has in it, our favorite are blueberries! The best part about this breakfast, or brunch, is that you can make it the day before and pop it in the oven when you're ready to eat.
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The day after Thanksgiving may be the toughest time to cook for people who have hosted the big feast the day before. In my family, my stepmom calls it her day of rest. Her baguette french toast is the absolute perfect solution to keeping us all well fed with minimal effort on her part. She uses leftover (if there is any!) baguettes from dinner and throws any fruit she has in it, our favorite are blueberries! The best part about this breakfast, or brunch, is that you can make it the day before and pop it in the oven when you're ready to eat.
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
6servings 10minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6servings 10minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Grease a 13 x 9 inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. Arrange the slices of bread in a single layer in the dish.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add in the milk, nutmeg, vanilla, and 3/4 cup of the brown sugar. Stir well to mix.
  4. Pour egg mixture evenly over the bread. Cover and let sit for 8 hours in the refrigerator, or overnight.
  5. The next morning, or when you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and remaining 1/4 cup of brown sugar, stirring well.
  6. Top the egg mixture with the pecans and blueberries, then drizzle on the butter sauce.
  7. Bake for 30 - 45 minutes, or until set and golden brown on the top. Serve warm with maple syrup.
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