Posted Thursday, January 23 2014 by Categories: News

Robert Burns is Scotland’s national ‘bard’ or poet, and his birthday on the 25th January is celebrated by Scots at home and abroad with a traditional Burns Supper.

The centrepiece of any Burns supper is haggis, traditionally served with neeps (turnip) and tatties (potatoes), and always with a dram of whisky!

Any leftover haggis can be transformed into our delicious Haggis Palmiers – perfect served warm with drinks.

Here’s the recipe for you to try, taken from Helen Dean’s recipe book.

 

Ingredients

  • 250g ready-made puff pastry
  • 100g cooked haggis
  • 25g parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 25g mature cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • 12tbsp (or to taste) Worcestershire sauce (or other savoury sauce)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 220degC.
  • Lightly flour a clean surface and roll out the pastry thinly into a long strip about 8cm wide.
  • Using a palette knife, spread a very thin layer of Worcestershire sauce over the pastry. Sprinkle over the haggis and cheeses. Fold one side of the pastry into the centre of the strip lengthways then fold the other side into the centre too, so that the edges meet down the middle. Dampen the pastry along one side of the centre seam before folding again – press down gently.
  • Using a very sharp knife, cut the roll into1cm slices. Lay the slices cut side up on baking trays. Place in the preheated oven for 12 minutes or until risen and golden.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly on a wire rack.

Of course, no Burns supper would be complete without that other fine Scottish delicacy, shortbread!Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 11.38.42

At Dean’s, we still bake our delicious melt-in-the-mouth shortbread to Helen’s original recipe, and you can find the full range by visiting our online shop.

Choose from traditional fingers, rounds and petticoat tails, or why not treat yourself to our brand new, delicious & crisp shortbread thins, or our range of beautifully presented hampers?

The VisitScotland Information Centre (VIC) in Aberdeen will be having their own Robert Burns celebration on 25th January with a whisky tasting courtesy of Glen Garioch Distillery, Old Meldrum.

If you’re in Aberdeen between 11am and 3pm, come along to the VIC at 23 Union Street and enjoy a wee dram, along with some shortbread from Dean’s, as we will also be supporting this event.

Enjoy your Burns night, however you choose to celebrate. As ever, if you have any comments or photos you’d like to share with us, please do so via our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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