I Have Done the Unthinkable.

I made shortbread tonight. Not the Family Recipe, but a recipe off the Internet.

Horror of horrors, it tastes just as good, if not better, than my mother’s when she was on finest form.

I was always told that one had to do things just so, to get the shortbread to turn out right. I believed it, because I have eaten a lot of tough shortbread.

But I grabbed a recipe for dropped shortbread and made it on a whim. The instructions said I had to whip it, so I took E’s Braun hand mixer to it. That didn’t work, so I squished it with a pastry cutter, then creamed it with a wooden spoon. At this point, I was resigned to shortbread of a bricklike consistency, but I kept going. I squished it through the hand blender again for a while, then glommed the little bits onto a cookie tray, not thinking much about it. Ten minutes later—ambrosia!

I’ll be making more tomorrow, because unlike the Family Recipe, this stuff’s a breeze. Especially if I can abuse it the way I did, and still have such fantastic results!

4 Comments to “I Have Done the Unthinkable.”

  1. By Pam, December 16, 2005 @ 9:20 am

    Our family “secret” shortbread recipe is the one from the back of the cornstarch box, mixed with the hands. Unsure if hands are hot or cold; the only secret is “do not overmix.” That and cold butter. Merry baking!

    Results: http://www.fotolog.com/beetroot/?pid=9362567

  2. By Liz, December 16, 2005 @ 2:56 pm

    I just had a look on the back of the cornstarch box. That one looks easy as well. It says to use soft butter, though. Maybe I should try both hard and soft and see what the reults are?

    Now that I’ve broken with tradition, the sky’s the limit! Mwahaha!

    Gorgeous shortbread on the picture, btw. Mine are still a bit lumpy.

  3. By Pam, December 17, 2005 @ 4:37 pm

    Ok maybe I was wrong about the butter…Canada Cornstarch, right? 🙂

  4. By Liz, December 18, 2005 @ 11:16 pm

    Yeah, Canada Cornstarch, with the rooster. My family recipe stipulates cold butter as well, so I don’t know.

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