>> Monday, December 20, 2010
These wedges are based on a recipe that appears in Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook. And they turned out so well, in fact, that I actually brought them into work. My coworkers were apprehensive at first -- because they know I often bake with "strange" ingredients.
But they were happy to learn that these treats are pretty traditional. Real butter. Real sugar. White flour. But they are somewhat healthier. I cut the butter with some oil. I used some whole wheat flour. Little substitutions here and there that didn't impact the flavor, just the nutritional value.
Oh, yeah! And I got my new lens this weekend -- a 50mm. It's working out wonderfully so far. Great for food photography. Great for portraits. I can't wait to get some more time to play around!
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What you'll need . . .
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 stick of unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
Method . . .
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Set out a springform or tart pan (with a removable bottom).
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter, oil, and brown sugar. Beat until well combined.
- Then whisk together the flours, pecans, cloves, and salt in another bowl and add to the wet to form a soft dough.
- Then turn this dough into the prepared pan and press to fill it uniformly.
- Place in the oven and lower the temperature to 300 degrees F. Let bake for 30 minutes.
- Then remove from the oven, cut into wedges, and prick with a fork (if you wish, it's only to make a design). Return to oven for another 15 minutes.
- Bake until lightly browned. And then let cool before removing from pan.
And before you know it, you have a delicious shortbread that EVERYONE will enjoy!
JOY TO THE EARTH -- eBook!
Amy (from be.you.ti.fully a.musing) has written a super awesome eBook for the holiday season called Joy to the Earth. It's all about having a "Meaning -Filled, Eco- Conscious and Thriftastic Holiday" -- click here to learn more on Amy's site.
Of course, we're really into the whole concept of an eco-conscious holiday. We, too, have been more and more thoughtful this season, simplifying, saving money, etc. And Amy was nice enough to give us a sneak peek of the book. I must say -- there are some great ideas inside!
From gifts to wrapping to gathering to the tree (more contents info here)!
12 COOKIES OF X-MAS
- Day 1 (Salted Cornmeal Sugar Cookies)
- Day 2 (Mexican Hot Chocolate Chippers)
- Day 3 (Festivus Bars)
- Day 4 (Julie's Chocolate Chai Tea Cakes)
- Day 5 (Chocolate Chunk Oaties)
- Day 6 (Fudge-Topped Chai Bars)
- Yes. We're behind! But we'll catch up later today . . .