Buttery shortbread can seem a bit plain when you compare it to cookies loaded up with chocolate chips, nuts and other goodies. I’ll take it any way it comes, because I am a big fan of shortbread when it is good, but it is worth noting that there are plenty of ways to dress up this relatively simple cookie. One way is to bake it in a specially made shortbread pan. These shallow pans have designs stamped into the bottom that emboss the shortbread dough with a pattern as it bakes. When the shortbread is done and has cooled, it can gently be turned out of the pan to reveal the design. Another plus of this type of pan is that they also have lines indicating where the shortbread pieces should be cut, or could be broke off into individual servings.
St Patrick’s Day is coming up and this Celtic Knot Shortbread Pan would be ideal for dressing up a batch of shortbread for the holiday. Its swirling Celtic designs are very pretty, and a little bit more sophisticated than a pattern that relies on four-leaf clovers to evoke the holiday. This particular pan is ceramic and comes with a booklet of shortbread recipes to use with it, though most shortbread recipes can easily be adapted to work in a pan this size and shape
LindaMarch 5, 2010
It’s a beautiful pan. I have a friend I think I’d like to get her one. She loved Hartstone years ago and had a nice collection of ceramic or stoneware–not sure what that was made of. I might have to get one for me too. Having a Celtic heritage and loving shortbread–seems perfect!!
PastryPrincessMarch 6, 2010
are you in ireland right now? certain looks like it or youre just as irish-obssessed as me… 😉 this pan is beautiful but ive never seen anything like it in ireland!?
Stephanie ManleyMarch 6, 2010
What a beautiful pan. I love making home made shortbread, it is easy to make, and tastes so much better than the boxed stuff we so often buy!
gillianMarch 6, 2010
Okay, so I’m on a spending freeze and you have to show me that?!??!?! It’s gorgeous!
Recipes From RestaurantsApril 20, 2010
Yummy this is good keep it up