David Simpson

Is a Chef that work’s in Dobbins Inn, who set up a facebook group to help people bake during the Covid-19 Lockdown.

David set up a facebook group to help people with their baking during isolation. The page now has over 40,000 members in a few days. The group is called Home cooking recipes isolating chef

David has shared some of his Recipes with us:

Homemade Shortbread


  • 200 g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 100 g confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 200 g all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 salt optional


  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and vanilla extract until creamed.
  2. Add confectioners sugar and salt; mix until combined.
  3. Scrape bowl down and add flour while beating on low. Scrape bowl once more and mix until combined.
  4. Shape the dough into a rectangular prism, wrap in plastic and chill until firm. At least an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F (177C). Use a sharp knife to cut 1/2 inch thick slices
  6. Place slices, spaced at least an inch apart onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes, rotating baking sheet in the oven halfway through.
  8. Transfer to a wire sheet to cool.