Shortbread and Scones

Come all ye sugar-coated, flour-flinging lads and lassies and butter-up to the Society Tent with your entries into this years Shortbread and/or Scones competition. Do you have a loved family recipe? Do you like to bake and try new things? If you are an amateur baker, please join the competition at the Games (No professional bakers please).

Prizes

Prizes for Shortbread: Each category will be awarded trophies: 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for both Traditional and Modern Shortbread which entitles you to all bragging rights for the whole year!

Prizes for Scones: Each category will be awarded trophies: 1st and 2nd places for both Plain and Fruit Scones.

Shortbread Results 2020

Traditional
lst place - Kay Leonard of Maitland, FL Clan Davidson
2nd place - Pualine Cumming of Orlando, FL Clan Cumming
3rd place - Elizabeth Morgan of Lakeland, Fl Clan Morgan

Modern
1st place - Elizabeth Morgan of Lakeland, Fl Clan Morgan
2nd place - Chelsey Lockhart of Orlando, FL Clan Lockhart
3rd place - Amber Beaton of Orlando, FL Clan Beaton

Scone Results 2020

Traditional
1st place - Jamiz Dillman of Orlando, FL Clan Dillam
2nd place - Lori Maclaren of Chuluota, FL Clan MacLaren
3rd place - Katie Campbell of Winter Park, FL Clan Campbell

Modern
1st place - Lori Maclaren of Chuluota, FL Clan MacLaren
2nd place - Anne Hernandez of Lake Mary, FL Clan MacGregor
3rd place - Anthony Hernandez of Lake Mary, FL Clan MacGregor

What is Shortbread?

Shortbread is a biscuit 'shortened' by the prodigious use of glorious butter. The texture of the biscuit is crisp and snappable- hence 'short'. The term 'bread' has been used interchangeably with 'cake' for many centuries (cakes, as we now know them, derive from sweetened, yeast-risen breads), and shortbread is the descendent of the short cakes baked from the the 16th century. One story has it that Scottish bakers used the name shortbread to argue the case against paying the government's tax on biscuits (shades of Jaffa cakes v the VAT man/woman. VAT is currently not paid on cakes and biscuits, as they are deemed a necessity by UK law - the law is not always as backwards as it seems! - chocolate-covered biscuits, on the other hand, are considered luxuries and therefore are taxable).

Short cakes were made from the same ingredients as we would use for a sweet shortcrust pastry (short, again refers to the texture), with the addition of a little yeast. The yeast in these early cakes could result in an uneven rise, remedied by the baker 'docking' or pricking the surface of the cake. Some modern biscuits have kept these pricked holes as decoration. Short cakes were eaten across Britain, and many local biscuits (i.e. Shrewsbury cakes, or Goosnargh cakes) are variations on the basic recipe. Shortbread, however, has a definite association with Scotland, and the best of its type has long been an export to the rest of the country, and to the rest of the world.

Shortbread Categories

Traditional

Recipes that reflect the regions of Scotland and presented in the traditional shapes (Petticoat, Tails, Fingers, ect.)

Traditional shortbread

Modern

Recipes that allow your imagination to run wild in the true Celtic spirit. Use of non-traditional ingredients such as colors, flavors, exotic spices, toppings, and shapes will be judged on culinary and artistic creativity. Have fun and go wild with this category.

Fancy shortbread

Shortbread Competition Rules

Judging location: Main Stage (the announcing stage) on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 1:30 pm. Competition is for Amateur bakers only.
  1. All contestants are limited to one (1) entry in each category on separate plates with NO names showing.
  2. Each entry to be entered as "Traditional" or "Modern".
  3. All entries are to be on Non-Returnable plates with NO names showing.
  4. Entries must be submitted at the Scottish American Society Tent by 12:30 pm on Saturday, January 16, 2020.
  5. Judges for the event will be Rick Brown, Christopher Murphy and Tom Gordon.
  6. Decisions of the judges are final. Trophies will be presented at the end of judging.
  7. All entries become the property of the Scottish-American Society of Central Florida, Inc.

What are Scones?

A scone is a kind of bread that is usually shaped into triangles and baked on a griddle or sheet. Scones are very small, and are in the same group as the crumpet or muffin. It is made of wheat, barley, or oatmeal and baking powder to make it rise. The scone is shaped closely like the North American biscuit, and its recipe is almost the same with it as well. In the UK, scones may have raisins, currants, cheese, or dates in them. In the United States, however, scones include more sweet kind of fillings like cranberries, chocolate chips, or nuts. It is generally thought that scones are best eaten when they are very hot and freshly baked right from the oven, accompanied with melting warm butter.

Scone Categories

Plain/Tradtional

The original scone was round and flat, usually as large as a medium-sized plate. It was made with unleavened oats and baked on a griddle (or girdle, in Scots), then cut into triangular sections for serving. Today, many would call the large round cake a bannock, and call the triangles scones. In Scotland, the words are often used interchangeably.

Plain Scone

Fruit/Modern

Similiar in basic receipe as the plain scone, a fruit scone allows the baker to add their creativity with thier favourite fruits, raisins, berrys or jams etc.

Fruit Scone

Scones Competition Rules

Judging location on Main Stage (announcing stage) on Sunday Jan 17, 2021 at 1:30 pm. Competition is for Amateur bakers only.
  1. All contestants are limited one (1) entry in each category which must be presented on separate plates with NO names showing.
  2. Present each scone recipe on a non-returnable plate.
  3. Each entry to be entered must be labeled "Traditional" or "Modern".
  4. Bring your entry/entries to the Scottish American Society tent no layer than 12:30 pm on Sunday, January 17 2021.
  5. Judging will be at 1:30 pm at the Main stage.
  6. Judges TBD.
  7. Decisions of the judges are final. Trophies will be presented at the end of judging.
  8. All entries become the property of the Scottish-American Society of Central Florida, Inc.
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