1. Petticoat Tails

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Scottish Baking

By Sue Lawrence

Published 2016

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Shortbread has been made over the centuries in finger-shaped biscuits, round biscuits and a full round ‘cake’ known as petticoat tails. The origin of the name of these dainty shortbread biscuits is interesting. Some believe it to be a corruption of the French ‘petites galettes’ which is taken to mean little cakes. Given the Auld Alliance and the culinary interchange between France and Scotland, this is a possibility. Perhaps however it was even more simple. It is more likely in fact to do w