Members of the Scottish Women’s Institutes (SWI) across Aberdeenshire are being invited to take part in a new Aldi competition to find the nation’s best shortbread recipe.
The winner will see their creation turned into a SpecialBuy product by one of Aldi’s bakery suppliers and stocked across the supermarket’s 67 Scottish stores in time for Christmas.
SWI members from throughout the region have until Monday, August 1 to submit a recipe and method for their favourite shortbread.
Judges from Aldi will review the entries and draw up a shortlist of five that will be chosen for a ‘taste off’ at the SWI Handcrafts and Housewives Conference in Perth on Tuesday, September 6.
All shortlisted entries will win £50 of Aldi vouchers and the winning recipe will receive £250 worth of Aldi vouchers, have their recipe featured in Aldi’s online Taste Kitchen and have the chance to see their shortbread made into an Aldi SpecialBuy for Christmas 2016.
SWI chairman Christine Hutton said: “SWI members across Aberdeenshire are renowned for their baking skills so this is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the experience and expertise we have among our membership.
“It is exciting to think that the winner’s shortbread could be turned into a product that will go on sale in Aldi’s Scottish stores.”
Marion MacCormick at Aldi Scotland said: “We’re looking for as many different varieties of shortbread as people can think of.
“This is a great chance for the SWI bakers to get creative and really make their shortbread stand out perhaps by adding a special flavour, cutting them into interesting shapes or simply opting for the traditional petticoat round.
“The competition will also give one of our local suppliers the chance to showcase their talents in taking a homemade recipe and turning it into one suitable for large scale production.
“Working with local suppliers and communities is a priority for Aldi and this project should prove to be a great example of the exceptional recipes and flavours produced here in Scotland.”
Entry forms are available to download from the SWI website www.theswi.org.uk.