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Holiday Baking #1: Shortbread

"I want to do some baking this year," Killernurd said the other day. "There wasn't time last year, and the year before that, we were moving."

"I can get behind that," I replied, then scrounged up some recipes I'd been meaning to try. "Would you like to do cookies or bread?"

My roommate looked chagrined. "Errr...no. I want to do shortbread."

"...shortbread?" I refrained from pulling a face, remembering all the boxes of Walker's I've endured through years of holidays with my family. There's nothing wrong with Walker's; I just...don't eat it as enthusiastically.

He nodded. "My family's recipe."

"The super-secret recipe your grandma has? That shortbread everyone says is nigh-onto-foodgasmic, but I have yet to taste?"

"...really?" He blinked at me a moment. "You haven't?" As I nodded, he sighed. "I have failed you."

There was a moment of silence.

"...wanna help me make up a couple of batches?"

So tonight we did -- I took his flour-sifter on its initial run (and now my wrists hurt), he carefully spread out the dough on his brand-spanking-new jelly-roll pans, and when it came time to burn our fingers on hot shortbread get it all on the (also new) stackable cooling-racks, there was this amazing aroma like Walker's could never achieve.

It's good. It's really, really good. And it's all for other people, which is probably better for me, but KN won't miss one or five pieces when he's wrapping up plates of it tomorrow...right?


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Dec. 18th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
There's nothing wrong with Walker's...

Yes there is; it's already stale before you even buy it. Plus, they do something to it to keep it from falling apart in transit, which completely removes the melt-in-your-mouth nomliciousness of good homemade shortbread. And they make it too thick. Bleh.

...burn our fingers on hot shortbread...

Ummmmmm...didn't I give my child a brownie spatula with a nonstick-safe plastic blade? (Ok, maybe he didn't take it with him when he moved out; I'm pretty sure I only purchased two of them, and I still have two of them in the drawer...) Or did he cut the shortbread too small even for that?
Dec. 18th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
We got our fingers burned because KN couldn't wait for it to cool longer before he had some, and I grabbed at a piece that broke in half on the spatula (not realizing that non-perfect squares are all right).

KN says he has no such spatula here, nor did you gift one to him.

AngelVixen :-)
Dec. 18th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
He is mistaken when he says he was not gifted with one, but that clearly explains why the one with the blue blade is still here. I will add it to the stack of stuff to shove at him the next time he shows up here.
Mar. 5th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
I've never had homemade shortbread. I guess that will have to go farther up on my list of recipes to try making some time. :)
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