Friday, December 17, 2010

Macadamia shortbread

I like shortbread as it is. Being plain and buttery is good enough to satisfy me. Here is a simple macadamia shortbread that I have made for the December shortbread challenge hosted by Have the Cake (HTC).

I thought that I could be creative in creating shortbread with variations but I still cannot convince myself to change the traditional shortbread to a fanciful one because the best shortbread to me is just a simple one.

I believe that a good shortbread has to be essentially made from a good quality butter. As for the macadamia, I've pre-roasted the nuts to minimize its raw taste in this pastry and the texture is fantastic.

Lastly, I would think the most important of this shortbread recipe is my step 5 which is "Pop one bite size shortbread into your mouth, munch and enjoy its buttery taste"...LOL

 

Here is the recipe from Bourke Street Bakery by Paul Allam and David McGuinness

175g unsalted butter
250g plain flour
60g rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
125g caster sugar
80g macadamia nuts, chopped (I roasted mine prior mixing)

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 20 cm square x 4 cm deep slice tin.
2. Remove butter from the refrigerator 20 min before using. Sift plain flour, rice flour, baking powder and slat into a bowl. Add caster sugar and stir to combine.
3. Cut butter into cubes and use fingertips to rub butter into the dry ingredients until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add macadamias and continue rubbing together to combine and then knead to form a dough
Pat mixture into prepared tin and smooth the top using back of a spoon. Place in a refrigerator to rest for 20 min.
4. Bake for 30-40 min or until shortbread is light and golden colour and firm to touch. Allow it to cool in the tin before removal from tin. Cut the shortbread into fingers (I cut mine into cubes as bite sizes). Shortbread can be stored in airtight container for up to 3 days.
5. Pop one bite size shortbread into your mouth, munch and enjoy its buttery taste...

Happy Baking

25 comments:

  1. I love the last step 5 as well... :)))) They look perfect!

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  2. Hmmm... yummm... these shortbread look fantastically perfect with a cup of coffee. Thanks for sharing & hope you're having a wonderful day.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  3. I love your shortbread photos! They look absolutely delicious. I agree: when it comes to shortbread, simple is best.

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  4. i wouldn't be able to resist these! not to mention kids! hehe!

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  5. Your shortbread looks fabulous! It looks buttery and yummy! I would go for coffee with this!

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  6. HEHE..your step 5 is really funny~! Nice and easy shortbread!

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  7. niceeee. Have seen many shortbread recipes, but given the popular step 5, I must say yours looks like the best one so far!

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  8. Me too! step 5 is important.I always would taste my bread when it fresh came out from the oven.

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  9. Marvellous and pretty tempting shortbread.

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  10. looks so fine and tempting ,perfect for my morning coffee!

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  11. Shortbread with macadamia works for me. I love macadamias and shortbread and combining the two is a great idea. They look so buttery...wish I had one of those cubes now with my tea :)

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  12. hmm, this is really buttery and delicate too and at the same time enjoying the crunchy bite of the nuts.

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  13. Hehe, this shortbread looks great and has a melt-in-the-mouth feeling. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Macadamia is something that I only discovered recently and I loved every bite of it. I think I will feel the same for this shortbread too.

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  15. These look divine- but agree totally that it's pretty hard to mess with an original when it's made up of things as good together as butter, sugar and flour....

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  16. MMM... so with you on this one. I like shortbread as it is too! Yours looks amazing, I love how you made it super think. It looks so buttery and delicious, yum!

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  17. What a wonderful idea! I love macademia nuts.

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  18. Great idea to roast the macadamias first! The texture of your shortbread looks PERFECT! I'd love to have some! I agree with your philosophy about simple being better with shortbread, and it looks like the nuts didn't change the integrity of the shortbread at all! Beautiful.

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  19. Irresistible shortbreads! Feel like grabbing some over! :D

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  20. The texture looks amazing! I love macadamia nuts! Thanks!

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  21. This looks outstanding--I love how thick and dense it looks in your pictures. The addition of macadamia nuts is a great idea--I love macadamia nut-white chocolate chip cookies :)

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  22. I love this shorbread and the addition of macademias... they look like little fluffy clouds of goodness.

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  23. Shortbread is one of my favorite cookies and I always use rice flour too :) The roasted macadamia nuts sound wonderful it this!

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  24. Oh man, I have a total weakness for shortbread...and this looks so good!

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