May 2, 2011

Heart Shortbread - Day 48

Today, I attempted to heal craft frustration with the popular standbys.... cooking and shopping!!

1. Whitcoulls bookshop had a massive sale on.. not only were there stickered books at $2, $5 etc, but today they had a buy one, get one free!!
I got 2 books for $5, and the normal retail would have been $130 combined!! Awesome!!
One was a fabulous book of fantasy artwork from Weta Workshop called "White Cloud Worlds". Happy Happy Joy Joy!!

2. Heart shortbread biscuits. This is one of my favourites! The icing is a quick drying glaze that is tasty and easy (although I tend to end up with slightly scorced and coloured fingertips!!). It is also a shortbread style, but without the rice flour, which i never seem to have in the cupboard when the urge to bake comes.

Shortbread Biscuits
The Stuff: 150g butter, 225g plain flour, 125g Caster Sugar, 1 tsp vanilla essence

  • Grease baking tray, pre-heat oven to 180'c
  • Rub butter into flour till fine breadcrumbs
  • Stir in caster sugar and vanilla
  • Mix to a firm dough with hands (will seem all crumby at first but your hands warm the butter and bind it together)
  • Roll out on lightly floured surface- thickish (5-7mm??)
  • Bake 10mins (keep eye on it, dont let it brown much) - cool and glaze
Glaze:  1 cup icing sugar, 2 Tbl lemon juice, food colouring (can change flavour, just add water to keep liquid same, these ones are raspberry)

  • Put all in double-boiler system (mines just heat-proof bowl over a saucepan)
  • Heat slowly and stir till warm and smooth (dont bubble)
  • Dip top of biscuits in glaze, tap gently to remove excess.
  • laugh at coloured fingers while eating the first set ones!!

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