Just got back from wandering around a small town, thinking that I may shake things up and not just move, but move to another town…maybe state. Anything to end this stalemate. Along the way, I picked up two huge chuck roasts that were on sale. I’ll use a bit to make a nice beef and barley soup tomorrow, and I have another piece in the pressure cooker with potatoes and carrots for a quick dinner. The rest will go in the freezer. With all that, I still had time for tonight’s recipe exchange.
From the recipe blog:
That blemish on that strawberry is going to haunt me. But the cookies were delicious. A bit of cooking going on this week. I’m also putting together my menu for my June visitors, which will probably be the topic for the next several recipe exchanges.
Tonight’s feature recipe was going to be used during that visit, but I won’t lie to you, it’s labor intensive and I decided there would be too much going on to try and attempt them. This is why I test-drive recipes. I refuse to be a tied to the kitchen when I could be having fun with my guests.
Before we get to that recipe, here is what else was cookin’ in my kitchen this week:
Rotelle No-Boil Pasta Bake – quick, easy and I love the little wheels. Click here for the recipe.
Leftover raspberries went into a nice salad: Pear-Raspberry Salad, recipe here.
No Bixby this week (although his resistance video got picked up by I Love Great Danes and he’s quite popular. Insists on wearing shades when we walk now – no autographs please). But here is a little kitteh to end your week. She rules the big guy.
What’s on your plate this weekend? Have any warm weather recipes to share? Grilling, fresh greens, fun sweet treats?
Tonight’s featured recipe:
Raspberry and Strawberry Filled Shortbread Cookies
I was going to make my own filling, but when I realized how labor intensive rolling out shortbread dough was going to be, I went will all-fruit style jams instead.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- dash of salt
- 2-1/2 cup unbleached flour
- fruit filling – I went with strawberry (hearts) and raspberry (circles)
- parchment paper (not optional)
cookie cutters (sharper the better), rolling pin, baking sheets
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add salt and then flour, about a third at a time, mixing gently until all flour is incorporated. Divide dough in half. Place one half on parchment sheet, cover with another sheet of parchment and roll to about 1/8 inch thick. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat with the second section of dough. Place baking sheet in the refrigerator and cool for an hour.
Remove one of the dough parchment packets (keep the other refrigerated until ready to use). Peel off the top piece of parchment and cut out the large shapes, then for half the shapes, use a smaller cookie cutter to cut out the center. Move the center pieces from the center to the parchment, so they don’t bake back together. I used the center pieces to make sandwich cookies. Place the parchment on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees (f) for about 15 to 20 minutes – remove them when they are light golden. Because they are thinner than regular shortbread, keep a good eye on them, they cook up quickly.
Repeat with the second parchment packet.
Remove cookies and let cool thoroughly before assembling. To assemble, place a spoonful of fruit filling in the center of the whole cookie and GENTLY press the cut out cookie on the top, allowing the fruit filling to spread to the edges and fill the center. (Resist the urge to lick the edges to smooth them out) Serve the centers plain or make fruit filled sandwich cookies as desired.
Makes about two dozen, depending on the size of the cookie cutters.
That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend – TaMara