|This ornament came from my dear friend pastry chef Daniel.|
Certainly reflects who I am over the holidays!
That other lady, yes she is still busy baking
wellll you know we don't compete in anything
at all, but baking, wellllll there may
be a bit of ..you know lol.
In our home the Christmas season begins
when I get out fresh cornstarch, icing sugar,
butter ( unsalted of course) and some fresh flour.
To make Shortbread...
2 cups of corn starch ( always purchase a new box, to get the best results)
2 cups of powdered icing sugar
4 cups of all purpose flour
3 cups of unsalted butter ( room temperature, soft, not melted)
1 cup of dried cranberries
1 cup of white chocolate chips.
Follow this to a "T" and you will have shortbread that will melt sew quickly in your mouth
you may have to help yourself to another serving lol...
Hope you have a sifter,
as this will be needed. I have an old fashioned triple sifter, so I can do this step
all at once. However if you do not, you will have to sift all the dry ingredients 3 times.
So corn starch and icing sugar and flour, sift in a large bowl. I then take a whisk
and be sure it is all mixed well.
Empty all of your dry ingredients into your Kitchen Aid mixer..
add butter now, all at once...and blend with your paddle attachment
until just blended..now add 1 cup of dried cranberries and 1 cup of white
chocolate chips...just fold into batter until well distributed.
Empty onto jelly roll pan, ( add one sheet of parchment paper on the bottom)
I do this even in a non stick pan...just makes it easier to remove from tray once baked)
Pat down and smooth out using a piece of waxed paper, sew you do not toughen
the batter..heat from our hands toughens the dough...
Now place in a warm oven that you have preheated at 300
for one hour...when the edges start turning a nice golden color...
remove..and leave on tray for 10 minutes to cool..
then lifting by parchment paper, transfer to a cooling rack,
20 more minutes then cut into bars. Or if you used
your molded cookie tray, my cookies above were made that way...
( well I use both methods...if I am going to make shortbread, I dare say
I make enough to give some samplings away too)
you just wait 10 minutes turn upside down and pat back..they will drop out..
cool these as well for 20 minutes...
Now go quick put your kettle on...pour your favourite brew...and tell
me these are not the very best, easiest shortbread you ever made....
Tell me lol…