Colum's Shortbread inspired by Outlander

Colum's Shortbread

Colum MacKenzie shared the broad planes and high forehead of his brother Dougal, though the vital force that gave Dougal an air of intimidation was here mellowed into something more welcoming, though no less vibrant. Darker, with dove-grey rather than hazel eyes, Colum gave that same impression of intensity, of standing just slightly closer to you than was quite comfortable. At the moment, though, my discomfort arose from the fact that the beautifully modeled head and long torso ended in shockingly bowed and stumpy legs. The man who should have topped six feet came barely to my shoulder.

Outlander, chapter 5, "The MacKenzie"

The recipe for Colum's Shortbread below is likely very different to the shortbread made in Castle Leoch's 18th Century kitchens.

Early shortbread was made from remnants of bread dough and contained oatmeal and yeast. It was sprinkled with a scant amount of sugar, then slow-baked in a cool oven. This produced a hard, dry biscuit -- a long-lasting, sturdy snack that traveled well.

Modern recipes use butter and flour to produce a melt-in-your-mouth texture and flavor that are quickly reduced to crumbs in your pocket, but are much better suited to the more delicate palates of today.

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30 Jun 2014 - 6:23pm

Jean Thompson


I am.thinking of trying scotch eggs to go along with our meal. Dessert will be strawberries with this shortbread.

30 Jun 2014 - 6:25pm

DEENA ROSE


Shortbread, pizza, & BOUNCE! I'm a complete foodie.

30 Jun 2014 - 6:26pm

Michele Ross


I had planned on making Roger & Bree's Pizza but if you keep posting recipes like this one I'll never be able to make up my mind!!! *L* Keep posting them, I love 'em!

30 Jun 2014 - 6:27pm

Beth

Cherry bounce and colum 's shortbread!

30 Jun 2014 - 6:28pm

Missy D.


Since its on so late (I think 10pm) Im going for the desserts, with Fiona's Cinnamon Scones (they've always turned out great every time I've made them) and Im going to try Dougal's Poached Peach Sundae since I love peaches and they'll be in season. Of course with some tea to drink as well.

30 Jun 2014 - 6:34pm

Rachael


WHEN Outlander premieres in UK, I will be settled in front of the TV with a stack of fresh buttery flapjacks, a wee dram or two & a remote control ready to record rewind & rewatch :)

30 Jun 2014 - 6:42pm

Maggie


I think Laoghaire's Whisky Sour will go great with the first episode in August!

30 Jun 2014 - 6:50pm

Mary

Butterscotch Shortbread!

30 Jun 2014 - 6:51pm

stephanie kelly


I've been wanting to make shortbread so this is perfect timing!

30 Jun 2014 - 6:52pm

Michelle G

Banoffee Pie!

30 Jun 2014 - 6:57pm

Laura L


While I'll definitely be making the shortbread, I also can't wait to try the onion tart!!!

30 Jun 2014 - 6:58pm

Vanessa


Carrot Cupcake Craig Na Dun and Rachael Hunter's Rollo Dog Treats

30 Jun 2014 - 7:00pm

Marta


I've had a batch of Cherry Bounce resting up for just the occasion! I'm thinking that those short bread cookies souls go with ...

30 Jun 2014 - 7:01pm

Niki


Hope to try the shortbread! I love scones too. All eyes on the big screen tho right? If we put our hands to the screen will it take us back in time? Jamie.....were a comin!

30 Jun 2014 - 7:01pm

Peggy

I wanted to try Banoffe Pie. Sounds delish.

30 Jun 2014 - 7:03pm

Michelle atchison


Lord John's Steak and Mushroom Pie with Laoghaire's whiskey sours!

30 Jun 2014 - 7:11pm

Diane

Colum's shortbread sounds wonderful to me!

30 Jun 2014 - 7:13pm

Melanie Zamojski


I think I will try the Father Anselm almond pastry for our episode!

30 Jun 2014 - 7:13pm

Jill

I want to try this shortbread but because we'll actually be eating dinner before the show airs I'm really wanting to try the Crock Pot Chicken Fricassee from A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Sounds so yummy! I can't wait for the show! Only a little over 40 days left!

30 Jun 2014 - 7:15pm

Heather C


I love shortbread cookies! Definitely going to try to make those!!! Yum!

30 Jun 2014 - 7:18pm

Shawn L. Bird


Well, I'm still working on Brianna's Bridies, I'm going to get the crest perfected eventually! I desperately would like Stephen Bonnet's Balls on a platter. Jennie's Onion Tart is a tantalizing option, and so are Fionna's Scones. So, I think price of admission to my giant projection screen Outlander Premiere Open House is going to be something (anything!) from Outlander Kitchen, and that way all of us can thoroughly enjoy the event! :-) Thanks Theresa for all your clever work!

30 Jun 2014 - 7:21pm

Gail Barber


I am planning on making the Shepherd's Pie from Echo in the Bone, as it sounds like a delicious recipe! I will serve it for dinner, BEFORE the premier of Outlander, cuz ALL my focus will be on the show!

30 Jun 2014 - 7:25pm

Faith W


I will make Brianna's Bridies and Carrot Cake Cupcakes Craigh Na Dun

30 Jun 2014 - 7:28pm

Shawn L. Bird


Well, I'm still working on Brianna's Bridies, I'm going to get the crust perfected eventually! I desperately would like Stephen Bonnet's Balls on a platter. Jennie's Onion Tart is a tantalizing option, and so are Fionna's Scones. So, I think price of admission to my giant projection screen Outlander Premiere Open House is going to be something (anything!) from Outlander Kitchen, and that way all of us can thoroughly enjoy the event! :-) Thanks Theresa for all your clever work!

30 Jun 2014 - 7:30pm

renee benn


Scotch eggs and shortbread with a wee dram , of course!

30 Jun 2014 - 8:06pm

Cristin Watts …


I will be making these and your yummy chocolate oat biscuits

30 Jun 2014 - 8:09pm

Heidi G.

Scotch eggs and Highland coffee!

30 Jun 2014 - 8:11pm

Angel McGee

Banofee Pie!!!!

30 Jun 2014 - 8:14pm

Diana Chichester


Haggis and tatties followed by shortbread. Let's hope we get the series in the UK

01 Jul 2014 - 7:10pm

barb wild


Jenny's Onion Tart from Voyager I have never made anything like this before as I don't cook but for Outlander i will do just about anything and hope i can find someone to share it with!

01 Jul 2014 - 8:54pm

Seana

Colum's Shortbread!!

01 Jul 2014 - 9:07pm

lorrell

Mamacitas sangria!

01 Jul 2014 - 9:15pm

Dawn Winn


I think Colum's Shortbread, and Cheery Bounce will be a great treat!!

01 Jul 2014 - 9:16pm

Dawn Winn

Lol! CHERRY BOUNCE!!

01 Jul 2014 - 11:24pm

Anne

Gougeres, yum! I had no idea shortbread was made that way. Whenever it's mentioned in the books, I just assumed it was like the modern recipes I've made. Thanks for the info!

02 Jul 2014 - 12:56am

Cornelia Cross


I'm serving Cherry Bounce. Still some left from 2013 Washington State Cherry season. I'm sure Cherry Bounce only improves with age!!! And don't we all.

02 Jul 2014 - 1:05am

Ellen H.


A coddled egg (fiery cross) alongside some of Fiona's cinnamon scones sounds wonderful!

02 Jul 2014 - 2:27am

Lori


So many delicious recipes, makes it hard to choose which one to try for premier night. I am a fan of carrot cake and can't pass up the opportunity to try a new version, so I will be enjoying a Carrot Cupcake Craig na Dun (or maybe two) while I enjoy the show.

02 Jul 2014 - 3:26am

beth collins

Colum ' s shortbread

02 Jul 2014 - 6:00am

anica

Shortbread

02 Jul 2014 - 2:01pm

Ilana


Steak & Mushroom pie followed by Black Jack Randall's Choclate lavender fudge. Must have chocolate!

02 Jul 2014 - 2:36pm

charlie


cherry bounce made it last july put it in the closet and found it .

02 Jul 2014 - 3:11pm

BetsyE


I just made Mamacita's Sangria last weekend, but used coconut rum instead of brandy (because that's what I had on hand). I plan to make more for the Premier Night! I also want to make more Scotch Eggs - yum!

02 Jul 2014 - 3:24pm

Elizabeth

The Herb and Pumpkin Seed Oatcakes sound fab!

02 Jul 2014 - 3:34pm

Sheryl Overby

Black Jack Randall's Lavendar Fudge Will try the shortbread too, any concern with a glass pan breaking when going from freezer to oven ?

Theresa


good question, Sheryl...I doubt it, but I don't know. Check the pan for faults or hairline cracks before you try.

02 Jul 2014 - 3:43pm

Sarah Julian

The lavender fudge for sure!

02 Jul 2014 - 3:43pm

Melanie Hannon

Captain Alessandro's Mango Rum Shots!

02 Jul 2014 - 3:58pm

Saskia


As it will be morning, probably our favorite recipe: Mrs. Bug's Buttermilk Drop Biscuits :-D

02 Jul 2014 - 4:04pm

Theresa Habermann


I will serve Mrs Bugs Buttermilk Drop Biscuits because I made them before and they are so delicious. :-)

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