August 26, 2012

Lemon and White Chocolate Shortbread


I entered the housing market almost four years ago.  At 23 I did the scary (and not so popular thing for my age) house purchase.  I lived first with a friend, and then by myself.  Soon I will be giving up that ‘freedom’.  No longer will I have the private time to do those girly maintenance things that you wouldn’t be caught dead doing in front of a boy.  Who knows how I will deal with it, but I know that living on my own has been awesome, but the next stage of my life will be even better!

I love my house, I do, but there are so many things I want to change, and up until now, I’ve never had the funds to actually do anything (er-hrmm..  pro’s to being made redundant shining through).  This morning I went and officially planned my new kitchen.  I am excited beyond words.  Here’s why…

My current kitchen.  Well, it’s pale green and beige.  The green laminate bench top is stained, chipped, and peeling off.  The cabinets, draws and panty, gross.  Laminate is peeling everywhere!  My oven, oh my god..  whenever I write a baking recipe you might notice I have a variant of 10 – 30 minutes in baking times – that’s cos my oven takes forever to cook something!  Stovetop = rank.  Floors, even more rank.  Sink.  Not going to talk about it.  It’s bad.  I hate it.  And I seriously cannot wait to take a sledgehammer to it.  Now that’s exciting!

It’s going to be a slow process cos I’m actually going to build the kitchen myself (yeah, I know).  But it should be fun!

I leave you here with a delicious little shortbread recipe.  I initially wanted to make earl grey and lemon shortbread, but last minute decided to divide the dough and make some with white chocolate - so much yummier!  These are great little biscuits to have lying around, perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.  They last really well too, becoming softer the longer you leave them.

LEMON AND WHITE CHOCOLATE SHORTBREAD
1 cup (225g) butter, softened
¾ cup icing sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt
2 cups plain flour
1 cup white choc chips (mini ones if you can get a hold of them)
Icing sugar, for dusting

In a large bowl, cream the butter and lemon zest.  Add the vanilla and icing sugar and continue beating.  Add the flour and salt and beat gently, until the mixture resembles crumbles.  Add the choc chips, mix well, then pour the mixture onto a clean surface.  With your hands, bring the dough together until you have a nice firm disc.  Cover the dough with cling film and place in the fridge for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.  You can either roll the dough into small golf ball size balls and flatten, or you can roll the dough out and use a cookie cutter.  If you have large choc chips, I advise rolling into balls as I found it difficult to get the cookie cutter through the chips.

Place the biscuits on a tray and bake for 20 minutes or until they form a very slight golden tinge.

Allow to cool on a baking tray before dusting with icing sugar.

Makes around 40 mini shortbread.



7 comments:

  1. Looks delicious! I would so love to try some I love lemon and I love white chocolate so I know I would love this!

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  2. Oh wow. I love love love shortbread and am so excited to try this. Normally I think white chocolate is too sweet but this sounds like a perfect combination.

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  3. Loving the white chocolate and lemon combo! (My mouth is actually watering!)

    You will need lots of these as you embark on renovations. I hope you'll be posting updates...

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  4. Great combination!

    And yes, there will be updates. It's the core of the blog after all :)

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  5. Mmmmm, lemon will cut through the sweetness of the white chocolate very prettily.

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  6. I applaud your entrance into the world of kitchen renovation! I was also 23 when I bought my first house, and, though it seemed sort of crazy there for a bit, I had a great time learning all about home renovation, carpentry, and design. Now I can't imagine NOT knowing how to hang drywall or lay tile. It's such a great skill set to have. I hope you have a great time taking on the challenge. Additionally: the cookies look divine!

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  7. I've only just found your beautiful, beautiful blog through a search for Pear and Chocolate Tart, which I'll be making tonight to celebrate my husband's Masters graduation.

    I am certain I'll be coming back to your space often for a read and a drool over your photos. You've created such an inviting, relaxing atmosphere here!

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