Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Shortbread

Well, for the first time in over three years I have cooked something.  I decided I felt well enough to make a batch of shortbread to give to the neighbours for Christmas.  It nearly knocked the stuffing out of me, but I felt pleased when it was finished.  I thought it was going to be a disaster, but it actually turned out all right.  First off the dough seemed too dry, so Bill decided to 'help' by adding some milk and more butter to the mixture.  Of course shortbread doesn't have milk!  Then he decided that the oven would be better if it was on the griller setting rather than the fan forced - result, first batch look like chocolate shortbread!  Second batch actually rose a bit despite being made with plain flour, thanks to Bill's milk.  Final batches, made with the remains of the 1kg of butter, from which Bill had 'nicked' 50gms so it weighed 200gms instead of the required 250gms, and less flour and sugar seemed to come out fine.
I used the same recipe Mum has used for as long as I can remember.

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