Tuesday, April 25, 2006

For the journey...

Back in the day, when in took about ten hours to drive from Scotland to London and there was a real chance you might break down on top of a fell in the middle of winter, we were always packed off with a flask of coffee and sandwiches with the crusts cut off and a slice of home made cake - for the journey. These days, with fast motorways and service stations, pit stops are a safety essential more than a sustenance issue, although the sustenance has improved out of all recognition lately. Some of the pit stops are turning into gourmet tourist destinations all by themselves, but that's for another post.

Tomorrow we are going on a little expedition. It involves getting up early and going to an airport. Airport sustenance is uniformly dreadful. Airline sustenance is criminal. I think we might need something for the journey.

I often imagine a little red checked kerchief on a stick, filled with goodies. This is one of the things that would be inside it.

Flakemeal shortbread
(In Northern Ireland they often call porridge oats flakemeal.)

Pre-heat oven to 325ºF 160ºC
6 ozs butter
41/2 ozs plain flour
3 ozs caster sugar
41/2 ozs flakemeal
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla essence
cold water to mix

Mix everything together with as little cold water as possible. Roll out to a thickness of 1/2". Prick all over with a fork. Mark out into fingers. Bake for about 1/2 hr until shortbread has coloured nicely.

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