Sunday, November 20, 2011

Simple Shortbread - New Oven

At hideous expense and much procrastination, the new oven is installed. My bestest mate the Westinghouse died after 27 years of dedicated service and the odd burnt offering. Now a Westinghouse mark II has come along. Chosen because of its wide girth, and rapid heat settings the new oven has multi-functions and programmable timers. Useful, methinks, very useful!
 so ...
Have new oven - will cook treats! Today we tried out new timings in the oven for shortbread and cinnamon biscuits ( they are not called cookies in this house!) They require some adjustment.


115 g rice flour
225 g plain flour
115 g castor  sugar
225 g butter ( softened )
pinch  salt
Mix flours and dry ingredients
Rub in butter till mixture forms a dough
Roll into cyclinder and wrap in glad/cling wrap and place in fridge for 30 mins

Cut into 1 cm rounds crosswise and bake in slow oven 3/4 to 1 hour. On fanbake, 1 hour is necessary.

Swedish Cinnamon Biscuits

3/4 cup butter 
1 cup sugar ( I used castor but it does not matter)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
(1 tbsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp sugar extra)
Perlsukker ( Pearl sugar )

Soften butter and Cream it with the sugar, which you have gradually added. 
Beat in egg and vanilla
Sift flour with baking powder and 1 tsp cinnomon in bowl and stir in nuts. 
Add to egg mix and blend thoroughly.
Cover and chill for 30 mins to 1 hour.

Roll 1 inch balls in cinnamon/sugar (extra) mix 
and place 3 inches apart on tray.
Perlsukker on top if desired.

Into Oven at 190 degrees c  
Bake for 12- 15 mins.  


Verdict on timing in the new Westinghouse... cook shortbread for longer on fanbake setting, or hotter!

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