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It Might Be Shortbread. 
4th-Apr-2007 09:04 pm
mighty pomegranate
...And then again, it might end up being a disaster.

Anyway, I attempted to make four kinds of shortbread tonight. They're for a coworker who's going on a long roadtrip, so I haven't tasted them, but I'll let you know what he thinks tomorrow.

So here's the base recipe I used, adapted from King Arthur Flour:
1 c (8 oz) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c granulated sugar
2 c flour

Cream together sugar and butter. Add flour and blend until the mixture resembles fine cornmeal. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and press with a cookie stamp or the bottom of a glass. Chill in freezer for 30 minutes before baking. Bake on ungreased baking sheets in the oven for about 20 minutes. Keep a close eye on them -- when the bottoms turn a sand color, remove them immediately and cool completely on a wire rack.

The variations I used were these:

To one batch, I added a tablespoon of maple syrup. This might be genius.
To another batch, I added the zest of two lemons and 1/2 a teaspoon of lemon juice.
To yet another batch, I added the zest of a large orange and 1/2 a teaspoon or orange juice.
And the final batch simply got hazelnut pieces and chocolate chips pressed into their tops.

They look nifty. I just hope they taste nifty, too.

ETA: Apparently they're delicious.
5th-Apr-2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
do you taste your creations after they're done baking? lick a spoon? lick the beaters? eat the dough by heaping tablespoons?

and what shape are they, precious? are they dick and ball shaped?
5th-Apr-2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
Normally yes. But I cheated with these and put them in the bottoms of cake pans, so he'll be able to tell if I eat any. I did taste the dough, though, and it was pretteh good.
5th-Apr-2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
also, you totally said "1 1/2 inch balls." You're XXX. Bring those with to Shore Leave and we'll have 'em with the 9 inch space cock. And tea.
5th-Apr-2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
I did! I am!

We totally should. The chocolate hazelnut and maple ones look amazing, and they smell good, too.
5th-Apr-2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
yummy. printing and trying these out.
5th-Apr-2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
You can also just press half of each batch into the bottom of a round cake pan and score markings for breaking them up later, which is what I did. Because I'm like that.
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