Pistachio-Allspice “Biscuit” Shortbread – Ode to Ted Lasso
A delicious melt-in-your-mouth shortbread you will love! And wouldn’t Rebecca from the Ted Lasso television series approve?
Here are traditional British Biscuits, in America they are Shortbreads – revived with nuts & spice.
While watching Apple TV’s series Ted Lasso, I would wonder as Ted (Jason Sudeikis) drops off a little pink box of biscuits to Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) what they actually taste like… and – are we to believe Coach Ted bakes these himself every day?
Shortbread is a cookie or in British terms it is a biscuit.
Shortbread tastes so good because of butter, glorious butter, and just few ingredients. Few cookies fill your mouth the way shortbreads do. And the flavor! One bite of a real shortbread cookie, with its fine crumb and rich sweet taste, is confectionary bliss.
Shortbreads are a snap to make!
Cream butter with sugar until light – (yes you can use a stand mixer, I mix by hand; it’s fun – just like the control I have.)
Add flour and cornstarch, pistachios, allspice, almond extract and salt. Stir until dough comes together.
Pat dough into a 8′ x 8″ prepared pan (foil lined for easy removal.)
Score with a knife to create column “fingers” – poke to make dot design (this actually helps cook evenly!)
Bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees.
Cool slightly, remove from pan, cut into fingers while warm; cool. EAT! (Makes a great treat to give.)
Hint: Do not overwork the shortbread dough, it will become chewy and even tough: you don’t want to overwork the dough.
Flavoring the Shortbread ~ I choose Allspice & Pistachios… a nice zesty add-in combination.
The shortbread will still have that trademark buttery taste, just enhanced.
Allspice is was so named because the flavor of the dried berry resembles a combination of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Native to West Indies (primarily Jamaica) and Central America. An important ingredient in Caribbean and Mexican cuisine. I love adding it to spice blends, especially my Jerk Marinade.
Try allspice to zip up your cooking – and add a dash to your holiday baking!
Pistachios have an addictive flavor – they are buttery soft and mildly sweet. Their bright green color adds beauty to recipes and baked goods.
A little Shortbread History:
Walkers Shortbread founded in 1898 is a true Scottish classic. Their products contain absolutely no artificial flavorings, colorings or preservatives.
Shortbread or shortie is a traditional Scottish biscuit made with butter, flour and salt as the main, and sometimes the only ingredients. It is the most basic recipe for a cookie that you can find.
Generally associated with and originated in Scotland, but due to its popularity it is also made in the remainder of the United Kingdom, and similar biscuits are also made in Denmark, Ireland and Sweden. The Scottish version is the best-known, and is widely exported around the world.
What does short mean? The large amount of butter is what makes shortbread short: the term short, when applied to biscuits and pastry, means crumbly, like shortcrust pastry should be.
Types of Shortbread:
Shortbread usually comes in three different forms: small round biscuits, fingers or large rounds. To make the fingers, dough is cut into a large rectangle and the fingers are scored with the back of a knife so they can be broken up easily after cooking. A pattern made with fork marks is always made too – I use the tip of a chopstick.
I had fun interpreting these Ted Lasso shortbreads (ok, they call them biscuits!) I did hear Hannah Waddingham (Rebecca) in an interview speak about season 1’s biscuits, how they were undesirable and bland. Season two the recipe was reworked, an finally she enjoyed eating them. I thought to jazz them up a bit, and love these Pistachio – Allspice Shortbreads!
Milk Bar, NYC wrote a recipe in the Ted Lasso style, yet contains 3 egg yolks and a grand amount of sugar, so these might be tasty, but definitely not a classic shortbread.
Enjoy these delightful shortbreads,
Pistachio-Allspice "Biscuit" Shortbread - Ode to Ted Lasso
- 2 sticks unsalted butter Kerrygold Butter* (room temperature)
- 1/2 cup pure cane sugar non GMO or organic
- 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour non GMO or organic
- 1/4 cup cornstarch non GMO
- 1/2 cup shelled pistachios ground medium- fine
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare 8 x 8 inch pan: cut foil to fit width, leave excess on 2 sides for easy removal. Lightly grease with butter.
- In a medium sized bowl, cream softened butter with sugar using a rubber spatula until light and creamy, about 1 1/2 minutes. Alternately - use a stand mixer.
- Add the allspice, ectract and sea salt; blend in. Add flour, cornstarch and pistachios. Stir in gently with the spatula until the dough comes together and well mixed. Hint: do not over mix this step.
- Add the dough to the pan and pat down gently. Flatten with the back of a measuring cup. Score the dough to make rectangular "finger" shapes. Score - with a small sharp knife to make 9 even sized squares; then cut each square into 3 rectangles. You will have 27 fingers. Use the tip of a chopstick and poke holes in each rectangle, 8 in each (see photo.) Sprinkle the tops with 1 teaspoon of sugar if desired.
- Bake for 30 minutes until just lightly golden around the edges, has risen nicely, and feels firm in the center. Let cool in pan 10 minutes - then remove to a cooling rack.
- Add the shortbread to a cutting board, slipping off the foil. Using the score lines, cut shortbread into 27 rectangular fingers. Let cool completely!