You should see the state of me; hair not brushed, wearing baggy tracksuit bottoms, a bright jumper covered by a very big woollen cardi, and I have puffy eyes and a red nose. You would think something terrible had happened, but actually it is just 24 hours of hideous hayfever and a poorly 3 year old – my little Golden Boy was up most of the night and was sick a couple of times, now looks ghostly pale and is giving me little smiles while he tries to continue to play for a bit before collapsing back on the sofa to eat toast, they really are so much more resilient than us adults.
So the point of this post; I have actually achieved some successful baking, go me! So Shortbread. White Chocolate Shortbread actually.
I love shortbread, it is probably my favourite biscuit, and I have gone through a number of shortbread recipes to get the one that works for me, and it works wonderfully!
Lovely and soft but not too crumbly.
And it is so easy to make: I just chuck 100g plain flour, 50g cornflour, 100g of nice and soft unsalted butter and 50g caster sugar into the food processor and pulse it until it forms a dough. Press into a small lined tin and bake in the oven at 170ºC for about 30mins, it is ready when looking golden brown – don’t overcook (done that once or twice) otherwise it won’t be as light – and sprinkle with some caster sugar.
Then I wanted to make some that was a bit more interesting, and of course chocolate came to mind, I thought white would make it look prettier. For the first attempt I just mixed about 80g of white chocolate into the mixture – and disaster – it sunk and was all chewy, it didn’t taste too bad but not great too look at and it certainly wasn’t light and crumbly.
I wasn’t going to give up, so the next time I melted the white chocolate and I was going to drizzle it all on all artistically once the shortbread was baked – then I thought ‘what is the chance of me doing it artistically?’ – so I just poured it into the centre, smoothed it into a circle and waited for it to set.
Then when it was sliced into triangles it had chocolate tips, which I thought looked relatively good enough to be classed as a good looking biscuit, and the shortbread and white chocolate worked really well together, yes! and phew!