There was a blizzard last night and when I woke up this morning, everything was under at least a foot of glistening white snow. Since I was forced to stay home, I took the opportunity to do some baking. I decided to make some shortbread and since I couldn’t decide which kind to make, I made two – half batches.
The first one I made was pecan shortbread, here is the recipe:
1 stick butter, softened
1/4 c powdered sugar (not sifted)
1/4 c ground pecans
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 c flour
1/2 tsp. salt
*dark chocolate shavings
Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the pecans and vanilla, mix until combined. Add the flour and salt and mix until it comes together. Press into a buttered baking dish, I used a pie plate. Bake at 325*F for about 30-35 min. *Optional, sprinkle a thin layer of chocolate shavings on top of the shortbread while it is still hot, using a rubber spatula or a spoon, smooth it out over the surface.
The second kind I made is orange cornmeal shortbread:
1 stick of butter, softened
1/3 c sugar
zest of an orange
1 tsp. orange juice
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 c flour
1/4 c cornmeal (I used half fine and half coarse)
1/2 tsp salt
Cream together the butter and sugar. Add orange zest, juice and vanilla, mix well. Add flour, cornmeal, and salt. Mix until the dough comes together. Press into ad buttered baking dish (I used a pie plate.) Bake at 325*F for about 35-45 min. Cool completely before serving… If you can stand to wait.
*Sorry there aren’t any pictures this time around, I am house sitting and don’t have my camera with me.