Christmas Shortbread Recipe
1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cup flour
2 pinch salt
Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and
fluffy. Mix flour and salt, then beat into butter mixture until
thoroughly blended, to make a soft dough.
To make bars: on work surface dusted with flour, pat dough into
rectangle 1/2" thick, 2" wide, and about 17" long. Use knife or
fluted pastry cutter to cut into 1" bars. Use spatula to transfer
bars to ungreased cookie sheet, leaving 1" between bars. Prick each
bar with fork several times. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly
colored. Do not overbake; the bars should not brown. Let cool on
cookie sheet for one minute, then carefully transfer to wire racks to
To make wedges: Dust your hands and ungreased cookie sheet with
flour. Pat dough into ball. Pat ball into flat disk about 1/2" thick
and 7" in diameter on cookie sheet. With edge of plastic ruler dusted
with flour, mark disk in 8 wedges, cutting about halfway through
dough, and prick dough all over and crimp edges with fork. Bake for
30 minutes, then take cookie sheet out and cut through shortbread on
marked lines. Return shortbread to oven for five more minutes. Let
wedges cool on cookie sheet for one minute, then carefully transfer
to wire racks to finish cooling.
Nut Shortbread: add 1/4 c finely chopped toasted pecans, almonds,
walnuts, or hazelnuts to flour mixture.
Chocolate Chip Shortbread: add 1/4 c miniature semisweet chocolate
chips to flour mixture.
Orange-Chocolate Chip Shortbread: add 1 t grated orange rind and 1/4 c
miniature semisweet chocolate chips to flour mixture.
Lemon Shortbread: add 1 t grated lemon rind to flour mixture.
Source: _The Christmas Kitchen_ by Lorraine Bodger MM by Sylvia
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Food Tips of the Week
In deciding on a meal plan, it is essential to also make sure you cut down your ingestion of refined carbohydrate, fat and salt.
Some lower carb diet guidlines:
* Use reduced carbohydrate chocolate bars for cookies and muffins.
Once you have converted your best loved chocolate chip cookie or muffins recipe using soy flour, you donít want to add in those high carbohydrate full-sugar chocolate. Cut up a reduced carbohydrate choccie bar into small pieces and use that as an alternative.
* Use splenda instead of sugar.
Many recipes that use sugar can be modified to make use of a sugar replacement instead. It doesn't weigh the same so you will need to do a bit of trial and error and it may not work for everything, but it gives pretty good results in most cases.
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