Sunday, 13 February 2011

Lemon-scented Scottish Shortbread

What a week it had been for Elsa...
It was the School Spirit Week, last week and each day she had to dress-up according to the theme of the day; Indie, rock chic...I couldn't remember the rest...
At the end of the week, Elsa and the rest of the high-schoolers had a lock-in, where they spent the Friday night in the school.
A lot of activities were organised by the teachers and the student council. There was a bouncy castle for them to let off some nervous energy, disco in the school hall, games and all sort of sport activities.

We had to pick her up at the wee hour of Saturday morning, 6 o'clock to be exact.
In the car, she was all excited, telling us the going-ons during the lock-in and how they stayed up the whole time and not feeling at all sleepy. As soon as we reached home, she went into her room and didn't emerged until later... she slept most of the Saturday away...

It has been awhile since I last bake any sweets, so I decided on a really simple shortbread recipe, made even easier with the use of a food processor.

Lemon-scented Scottish Shortbread

130g butter
60g icing sugar
130g flour
60g cornflour
zest from 1 lemon
pinch salt

Set oven rack to middle position.Preheat oven to 150C.

Cut the butter into 1-inch cubes, wrap it, and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Using a food processor, process the butter for 1 minute.
Add the sugar and pulse until the sugar disappears.
Add the flour and lemon zest and pulse until there are a lot of moist, crumbly little pieces and no dry flour particles remain.

On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough into a 1/4 inch thick circle.
Cut into shapes of your choice using a lightly floured cookie cutter.
Place on the prepared baking sheets and place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until cookies are very lightly browned.

Transfer the shortbread to wire racks to cool completely.

Elsa and I decided to decorate the cookies with some coloured glaze.
I did some Indian henna-tattoo inspired motives on the cookies while Elsa opted to write the initials of our names onto the cookies and then some on her.
And, MrD is just happy to eat 'em...