The cake I remember most from my childhood has to be traditional Scottish snowballs. Saturday morning shopping with Mum and getting one as a treat from the local bakery.
Traditional Scottish Snowballs
Okay from the sublime to the ridiculous, I did the healthy start to the year last week so now you have my Scottish Snowballs.
The sweet stuff that ticks none of the healthy living boxes at all.
Wait of course it does, it is healthy to enjoy yourself and have some fun and these traditional Scottish Snowballs will bring a smile to your face, so I’m not going to go into a decline for sharing this one.
This recipe is taken from my book Simply Scottish Cakes & Bakes where you’ll find over 50 fabulous Scottish bakes of all types. The book is available from Amazon both as hardback and Kindle editions and at bookshops too.
Scottish snowball cakes
So what are these cakes? Well, Scottish snowballs are almost like a cross between shortbread and a scone. They aren’t out and out cake in texture.
There must be an oozingly sweet jam centre.
That all-important coconut covering of ‘snow’ to make it a real honest-to-goodness snowball!
Traditionally it’s strawberry jam that is inside a Scottish snowball cake. I’ve tried them with all sorts of fillings and I think any nice flavourful and rich coloured jam works best.
Ingredients for Scottish snowballs
For the cake dough – Self-raising flour, caster sugar, butter and egg.
Filling – jam (see list above for ideas)
Finishing – icing sugar and desiccated coconut
How to make snowball cakes
First, you want to make the dough by bringing together all your ingredients and then rolling into balls to bake them.
Now it gets messy and it’s a great time to get the kids involved.
Sandwich the cakes with your jam. Then the cakes get rolled in icing and then desiccated coconut to turn them into proper snowballs.
How long do snowballs keep?
Once you’ve made your Scottish snowballs they will keep for a few days in a sealed container, but I bet they won’t last that long…..
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Traditional Scottish Snowballs
- 225 g self raising flour
- 90 g caster sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 90 g unsalted butter
- 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
- 50 g jam of choice
- 180 g icing sugar plus water
- 50 g desiccated coconut
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 and grease and line a large baking tray.
- Sift flour, salt and sugar into a large bowl and rub in the butter till you get a crumb like mixture.
- Whisk together the whole egg and the extra yolk in a cup and add this to the mixture and mix thoroughly to form a dough
- Break the dough in half and then half again. Now pull off pieces of the dough to make five little balls from each batch of dough. This will give you 20 balls about half the size of golf balls.
- Place these on the prepared baking tray about 3cm apart as they will spread as they bake. Bake for approximately 15 minutes until golden. Set aside on a wire rack to cool completely.
- Spread jam on one flat side and sandwich another cake on top, do this will all and you will have 10 snowballs.
- In one bowl mix a little water with the icing sugar and mix till it is a glaze and in another bowl have the desiccated coconut. Dip the cakes into the icing and roll around to cover completely and then dip and roll in the coconut. Set aside to dry completely