20 March 2012

Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge #16 is.....

Hello everyone, it’s time for a new fortnightly Baking fun challenge!

I got the idea for this fortnight’s theme when my mother and I was baking shortbread cookies to take on holiday. Most cookie recipes are so simple and easy, I decided to make this fortnight’s theme.........

Biscuits, Cookies and Slices!!!
Anything that fall in the category of a biscuit, cookie or slice. I hope you like this theme and will be entering, because we have an amazing prize this week!

A Cakes & Muffins Biscuits, Slices & More recipe book from Quick ‘n’ Easy! 
In this book you will find:
Handy hints and tips for better tasting baking
Quick Conversion Guide
Big Bakes 
Kids Stuff 
So my example for the fortnight is Diamond Shortbread Cookies!
This is a very simple and easy recipe:
Makes about 35 cookies
1 3/4 cups flour 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 cup butter, cut into small cubes 
3/4 cup granulated sugar 
1/4 cup tubinado or granulated sugar (optional) (to sprinkle on top but I didn’t)
1 In a bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.

2 Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and cream the butter using the paddle attachment blade on medium to high speed for about 1 minute, or until fluffy.

3 Scrape down the sides of the bow with a silicone spatula, and beat for 1 minute more.

4 Turn off the mixer, add the flour mixture, and turn the mixer on at low speed.
Gradually increase the speed to medium and beat for about 1 minute, or until the dough clump together and you hear the motor straining. The dough will first look like grated Parmesan cheese, then fine gravel, then coarse gravel, and finally a cohesive mass.

5 Transfer the dough to a sheet on parchment paper that will just fit into a sheet pan.

6 Use the rolling pin and your fingers to press the dough into a 22 by 30.5 cm (9 by 12 inch) rectangle about 2.5cm (1/3 inch) thick.

Trim the sides to even up the rectangle and roll the trimmings into the center of the rectangle.

7 Transfer the dough to a sheet pan by lifting each end of the parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
8 Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C (375 degrees F). 
9 Baked for about 15minutes, or until golden brown on top. 

10 Cut into diamonds by first cutting them in strips.

The second time you cut at about a 45-degree angle.

Store tightly sealed in an airtight container for up to 1 week (though they never last that long in our home!).
Well now it’s your turn to show me a biscuit, cookie or slice recipe! If this is your first time here is how it works:
-You can link-up using your blog or if you don’t have a blog, e-mail your entry to me.
-Create a post on your blog with the recipe and at least one picture of the finished product.
e-mail the recipe, with at least one picture of the finished product and I will enter your recipe in the challenge (remember to come back and check out your entry).
-You can enter as many times as you like!
- All entries must be appropriate
-You are allowed to have help with your baking.
-Please use the blue frog below to enter. Be sure to add the link to your direct blog posting/recipe and not your whole blog as this makes it much easier to find your recipe. 
-Please comment on at least 3 other entries.
-Each recipe needs to be linked back to Heidi’s Crafts or has to have the button in the post.
-This is a fortnightly challenge, you have two weeks to enter.
-Entries need to be linked up by Monday the 2nd of April for this Biscuits, cookies and slices challenge.
-After the challenge has closed, I will announce the entries in a separate posting and you will be able to vote for your favourite recipe.
-You are all allowed to advertise anywhere you like for people to vote for you, on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
-I will have a personalized blinkie, specially for the Winner. As well as the PRIZE!! I ship anywhere in the World!
-Age doesn’t matter, from little girls to grandmas are welcome to enter!
-The aim of the challenge is to encourage mothers and grandmas with their girls to enjoy making food in the kitchen, to share recipes, find new ones and have lots of fun together!
Baking Greetings

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