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Made in the USA: Ceramic Shortbread Pans

Monday, September 9th, 2013

As cooler temperatures and shorter days loom in the distance, we are prone to think of spending more time indoors.  When the crisp fall breezes bring you inside, warm up with some baked goods fresh from the oven.  Homemade cookies are a great way to share your love of baking with your friends and family.  Let’s be honest, sharing baked goods simply makes you feel grand.  As an added bonus, our ceramic shortbread pans are made in the USA, which means you can feel great about using them, too.

From Our Kitchen to Yours

Making cookies from scratch does not need to be a chore. Shortbread, with its traditional recipe consisting of just flour, butter and sugar, is easy to make and a wondrous treat for any day.  Warm up with a cup of tea or your favorite coffee, or simply enjoy your homemade treats right out of the oven.  When making shortbread for special occasions, or even everyday enjoyment, our ceramic shortbread pans are a great way to showcase your baking skills.  The pans imprint images onto the surface of your shortbread as it bakes. To the right we features our Flowers and Berries Shortbread Pan.  A sure way to greet the blooms of the season at a tea party.

Flowers and Berries Shortbread Pan

Irish Lace Shortbread Pan

Shortbread Shapes

Traditionally, shortbread is crafted into three different shapes.  Thick rectangle shapes known as shortbread fingers, shortbread rounds, or, as seen to the left in our Irish Lace Shortbread Pan, a large round circle divided into separate pieces commonly known as ‘petticoat tails’.

This round pan features a clover, or shamrock, in the center of each ‘petticoat tail’, and delicate lace that will accent the edge of each shortbread piece. Celebrate your Irish heritage, or treat a friend with this traditional symbol of Ireland.

Easy to Use, Easy to Clean

Our made in the USA ceramic shortbread pans are easy to use, and even easier to clean.  Once you have enjoyed every last crumb from your shortbread cookies, simply scrub the ceramic pan with soap and water and set out to dry, or place it into your dishwasher with the evening’s wash. These ceramic dishes make great gifts, especially for that special family occasion, or for a friend who loves to bake. Pair the shortbread pan with one of our gourmet jams for a real treat.

From Americana to Meadow Flowers and holiday imagery, we have many versatile designs that are perfect for year round or special occasion use.  Click here for a few quick and easy shortbread recipes made specifically with these pans.

Meadow Flowers Shortbread Pan

Americana Shortbread Pan

Christmas Shortbread Pan

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Our Shortbread Pans Are Not Just for Baking

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

We have three new additions to our Shortbread Pan selection at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. We love these ceramic baking pans because not only do they make delicious cookies, but they can also make for a fun crafting tool (as we’ll show you below). But first, what is shortbread exactly? Let’s take a closer look.

What is Shortbread?

Shortbread is traditionally a Scottish dessert, but has taken a few different forms throughout history. During Medieval times, shortbread, literally was a short-bread; simple dried bread that when hardened had sugar added. It became widely popular among individuals who could afford luxury and Mary, Queen of Scots saw to it that she made her mark on the recipe too. What was later named “petticoat tails” was her idea of cutting the shortbread into wedges and flavoring them with caraway seeds. For many centuries it was a dessert only reserved for special occasions and the wealthy. In Shetland, an island of Scotland, they still to this day break shortbread over the heads of newlyweds as they enter their new home.

Some call it a biscuit, some call it a cake, but most refer to it as a type of cookie. Actually, this cookie in modern times hasn’t veered to0 far from its original form. The basic ingredients are 3 parts flour, 2 parts butter and 1 part sugar; type of sugar or flour used may vary. You can bake them individually as traditional cookies, however the idea is to have them be level and even in order to ensure they are cooked perfectly; thus having a need for quality made shortbread pans, like our Meadow Flowers Shortbread Pan (seen above), an Irish Lace Shortbread Pan, or our Butterfly Garden Shortbread Pan (seen below).

Get crafty with Flower Cones!

Another use for your ceramic shortbread pan is to use the mold to create beautiful flower cones or cone shaped baskets, to fill with either hard candies, potpourri, dried or fresh flowers.

What You’ll Need: 1 ceramic shortbread pan, 1 package of paper making linter (easily found at your craft store), sieve, sponge, kitchen towel, hot glue, scissors, paints, lace, and 15-30” of satin ribbon.

1. Make up a batch of paper pulp. Pour about 2 cups of pulp into a sieve to drain for about thirty seconds

2. Pour pulp into round ceramic pan; smooth out evenly so edges are even.

3. Sop up excess water with sponge and then use your towel to press the pulp into all the details of the mold.

4. Allow the paper to completely dry in the pan. (leave over night or put in the oven at 150° for 4 hours)

5. Carefully peel paper out of mold; you may need to use a knife to loosen the edges.

6. Trim any edges needed of the paper casting. Cut in half. Get creative and paint any decorations you would like.

7. Crease the paper casting along the scored lines and fold it together to form a cone. Run a bead of hot glue down one edge and glue the cone together. Here you can glue a lace trim if you would like along the inside of the top.

8. Glue the ends of your ribbon inside, onto either side of the cone to form a “handle.” Tie an additional bow if you like. Once everything has dried, you now are ready to fill your basket with whatever decorative or flowers you desire. Hang on a doorknob or give as a thoughtful gift to a friend.

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