Friday, December 5, 2008

Lemon Shortbread with Pink Lemonade Frosting

Whew. Been busy. You know what they say, life is what happens when you're making other plans. But I am back, with a recipe for my favorite cookie, ever. I adapted an old recipe for lemon shortbread, which wasn't lemony enough for me, and added the frosting.

Ingredients:


1 1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup icing sugar
4 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 Tbsp. freshly grated lemon zest
2 tsp. lemon extract

Frosting:

1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
a few drops red food coloring:

Cream butter. Add brown sugar and cream well. Add icing sugar and cream well. Add lemon juice,lemon extract and lemon zest and beat well. Add flour 1 cup at a time, reserving one half cup. Mix until blended. You may have to mix the last cup by hand. If the dough is too soft and sticky, add the remaining half cup of flour a little bit at a time.

Cover and refrigerate for one hour. After one hour, take out of fridge, and roll up in wax paper. Refrigerate overnight.

When you're ready to bake, preheat oven to 300 degrees. Slice shortbread roll into 1/4 inch slices and place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges are just barely and very lightly browned.

Remove cookies from oven and cool on the cookie sheet for five minutes. then transfer cookies to racks to cool for about half an hour.

Make your frosting, and frost the cookies as desired, setting them back on the racks to drip. The icing will be thin, and will harden within an hour. The dough freezes very well. I often make double or triple batches. This is one of the cookies that goes into my Christmas tin, but it's nice year-round.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Daring Bakers - Lemon Meringue Pie

Oh Dear.

Usually, I make an excellent lemon meringue pie. But this was the first one I made in India, sans cream of tartar and with corn flour instead of corn starch. The filling was lumpy and the meringue was too soft. I'd show you a picture of the pathetic thing but my camera is broken and my Christmas hints that a camera would be a very good gift went unheeded.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Dulce de Leche Chocolates


Ah, between work and family, December ran away with me. But now I'm back, with my favorite chocolate recipe.


Ingredients:

2 cups dulce de leche
1/2 cup butter
3 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream

40 ounces semi sweet chocolate

Optional:

hazelnuts
almonds
maraschino cherries


Combine dulce de leche, butter and cream until very well-blended. Cover and refrigerate or freeze overnight.


Grease wax paper and put on cookies sheets. Remove mixture from fridge. Grease your hands. With a teaspoon, scoop out mixture and form into 1/2 inch balls. Place on cookie sheet. Freeze for three more hours.


Put grated chocolate in top of double boiler and simmer until melted. Remove cookies sheets from freezer or fridge. Dip balls in chocolate and place back on greased wax paper. Refrigerate and keep refrigerated except when serving.


Options:


Place a hazelnut, almond or cherry in the center of the mixture when forming the chocolate centers.