Monday, October 12, 2009
Shortbread is gooooood.
Hi everybody, hope you all had a great weekend. Napa was fantastic, and I will put a post up about it as soon as I get the pictures uploaded. I have a lot of tips and recommendations of places to visit. It was gorgeous and the weather was PERFECT! But until I get all of that together, I wanted to post this shortbread recipe.
My family is British, and Scottish, so shortbread is right up there in our heritage. Our veins are full of tea, I grew up drinking it with my mom (she likes mum better) and we always had a good cuppa after dinner. This shortbread is great for that and it makes a good gift for someone as well, which is what I did with this batch. Though, I have to admit, we kept some for ourselves. The recipe is super easy, it pretty much doesn't get easier than this, and it tastes fantastic.
All it calls for is:
1 lb. of butter (yep, that's right, 4 sticks) I didn't say it was low calorie.
4 cups of flour
1 cup of white sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 275, Combine all ingredients, and knead it all by hand until well incorporated. It'll be sticky.
Place in an 8x8 inch pan, prick dough several times with a fork and bake one hour or until the top is golden brown. Let cool. Cut into squares. And thats it!!
I added a tablespoon of lemon juice to give it a little extra flavor. And because there is sooooo much butter in it, I gave away a bunch as gifts to people just to spread the wealth so I wasnt sitting around eating it all day, and then realize later I just ate a pound of butter. A whole pound!
But believe me, this is worth it, its delicious, and people will love it. I even had my boyfriends dad come over asking for some cause he heard from his daughter that it was so good. He actually walked in looking for it! And it's so easy. You probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now! So go bake, and then have a piece with a nice cuppa tea. Happy baking!
Hope you all had a beautiful weekend.