The High Holy Days have passed. L’shanah Tova and Chag Sameach!! It was wonderful to see everyone in person during Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah. Together we had services, fasted, shook the Lulav in a sukkah, and rolled Torah and sushi... What a meaningful month.
Now that we have gotten through summer and into autumn, the temperature gets chillier and we tend to stay in our homes at night. What do we do when we're at home at night and it's cold out? We watch TV!!! And what’s the most popular show people are watching? "“Ted Lasso”, of course!! Why do I say that so arrogantly and matter-of-factly? Because the show just won almost every Emmy award you can win!! Why do people watch the show? Is it the love for the whimsical (but very funny) main character? Or his quirky (but very funny) assistant coaches? Or the nut-bag (but very funny) players he coaches? Maybe the uptight very-British (but very funny) ownership and management?
It could be, but I also think one of the main stars of this show is a COOKIE!! The famous homemade biscuits (called shortbread over here in the “colonies”) that Ted makes for his boss and gives to her every day in a little pink box with a bow. Immediately, people came up with recipes for these biscuits. I tried some of these recipes and it affirmed my years-long belief: that all British cuisine is based on a dare!! I'll give props for Shepherd’s Pie and Fish and Chips, but everything else? Eh..... I prefer my biscuits/cookies to not taste like shoe inserts or a used emery board. Of course, me being me. I created a recipe with "adjustments" to a traditional British biscuit. C'mon, it has to taste good; food should not be a punishment!! #FoodIsLove
These biscuits are very easy to make in less than an hour and will hit the spot while you're watching football or binge-watching “Ted Lasso” on your smart TV.
Yield: 12 servings
2 cups flour
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 sticks of cold butter cut into pieces
1¼ cup powdered sugar
⅛ cup milk or cream
Chocolate Jimmies or other candy-like topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
In a mixer with flat beater attachment, gently mix together the flour, sugar and salt.
Add in butter and vanilla and mix. The mixture should feel like wet sand.
Pour out the dough on a parchment-lined 9”x 9” or 13” x 9” pan and press it down to your desired thickness. I did about 1⁄2 inch thickness.
Bake the dough for 35 minutes at 350 degrees, until it is golden brown.
While baking, mix the powdered sugar with the milk/cream to make a thick donut glaze.
Take out of the oven and immediately spread the glaze over the biscuits while hot.
Then top the glaze with chocolate jimmies or your favorite candy-like topping.
Let the finished product cool, and then cut it into rectangles. Enjoy!!!