September 27, 2013

Chocolate Shortbread

This is a short but sweet post - sweeeeet yes it is!  I am a lover of shortbread.  I have made a few variations over the years, but never full on chocolate.  I took as standard recipe, added some cocoa powder and choc chips, and voila, you have the perfect accompaniment to coffee.  These come together very quickly, so were a great thing to bake last weekend when I had a urge to bake, but little time.

200g unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 3/4 cup plain flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup dark choc chips

In a bowl, beat the butter and powdered sugar until smooth, and light and creamy.  Add the vanilla and salt, and continue beating.  Slowly add the cocoa powder and flour (sift if it is lumpy) and mix together well. Stir in the choc chips so they are evenly distributed.

Lay the dough on baking paper or cling wrap, and roll into a log.  The thickness of the log depends on how big you want the shortbread to be - I made roll about 6cm thick.  Place this in the fridge for 30 minutes, or the freezer for 15.

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Line two trays with baking paper, then unroll the cold cookie dough log, and cut into 1 to 1.5 cm thick pieces with a bread knife.  Place the shortbread on the tray and bake for 15 - 20 minutes. If you made large ones, leave them in the oven longer.  Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 24 shortbread.

September 20, 2013

Short Break

There's a saying - life happens when your busy making plans - and that saying couldn't be more true for me right now.  I haven't done a post in almost two months, and it's not because I haven't been cooking, the complete opposite actually, but because so many things have been happening that I haven't had time to post.  I've been so busy with all life's plans, that days are passing so quickly.  What I thought was a few weeks, has turned into two months.  So sorry, if you continue to visit this blog and are constantly having to look at balls (my mum complained of this).

Things aren't going to slow down either.  In the last couple of months I have gone back to uni to finish my last unit - designing and printing on textiles.  I have been trying to finish off my home renovations (I tiled my own kitchen splash back which I am super proud of!).  And just recently my partner and I bought a house together.  So this means I will be packing up my little place and moving, not to mention the extra renovations that will need to happen to BOTH houses.

So it's busy times ahead.  But I am so determined to keep this space going, so hang in there!  I promise I will have some awesome recipes for you soon.  Some recipes are already half done, it's just the photo / editing part that holding them up (I think my camera has dust on it).

Tash x
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