Shortbread

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Wendy

Shortbread

Hi Lindsey and posters. I have just made a second batch of Delia's shortbread, as per recipe, with the added help of 11-year-old grandson. Although they are lovely to eat they are crumbly and a bit greasy as if not cooked although I gave it 1.5 hours. As the temperature here is about 27C I'm wondering if the butter was too soft even though I started it while the butter was still quite firm but was softening rapidly when rubbing it in then it didn't go crumbly so much as chunky in the making! I didn't want to spend too much time mixing it and if the heat is a problem could I have used a mixer?

Please don't suggest an oven thermometer as I have searched high and low without success!

Before starting I rinsed my hand in cool water to help.

Thanks for any help

Wendy






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Lindsey, Food Editor

Shortbread

Hello Wendy,

I have been wondering about this today and I think it could be the semolina that you are using where you are. The semolina we use for this recipe is very fine. During testing, when I tried shortbread with polenta it was very greasy.

If your semolina is very fine perhaps it is the heat. When we rub-in we use butter that has been out of the fridge for 30 minutes or so because we find if the butter is too cold it takes twice as long to rub in so the butter warms up even more.

If you think it is the butter and the heat you could process the mixture instead.

Best wishes

Lindsey

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violet eyes

Delia's shortbead

Wendy, I made this shortbread the other week the one from her cookery course. I don't always use a recipe with semolina in it but followed the recipe. I cooked it for the time Delia said, it was lovely but a bit soft. If I do it again I will cook for longer but will have to make sure it doesn't get too dark. I think I do prefer it without the semolina but will give it another go.
Hope all is well with you and the pets.

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Wendy

Shortbread

Hi

I did use the fine semolina. The butter had been out about 15 minutes and was melting on the outside but still quite hard on the inside. I will use a mixer the next time and use my hands in the winter!

VE. I think mine had the same texture as yours and I quite liked the semolina in it. All animals well, I hope your boy is fit and well.

Thanks to both of you.

Wendy

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Honey

Shortbread

This is one of my most reliable recipes for Shortbread if you'd like to try an alternative some time.

PETTICOAT TAILS SHORTBREAD

There are hundreds of recipes for shortbread… all subtly different. The ratio of fat to flour etc seems to vary too. Some use semolina, some use ground rice, some neither. This one uses cornflour. They all work… it’s just a case of trying different recipes and find which you prefer.
Oven Gas 3. (Fan oven 140 – 150 C depending on your oven). But you don’t want a fierce oven otherwise it colours too much.

1. Cream fat and sugar until light.

2. Work in the flour and cornflour. I start with a spoon and then I get my hands in to finish off.

3. Now knead with hands until just smooth and press (with knuckles or heal of your hand) into 2 x 7 inch sandwich tins (or alternatively in a 12 x 8 inch tin and cut into fingers.

4. Lightly fork the edge to make pattern if you wish. (I don’t prick it).

5. Cook for 30 – 40 minutes. I tend to do mine low down in the oven with something on the shelf above to keep it from going too brown (I put a baking sheet on the shelf above). Better to do it long and slow so that it doesn’t colour too much.

When it comes out of the oven, sprinkle with castor sugar and lightly score and then leave to go cold before removing them from the tins and cutting into triangles.

H x

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Wendy

Honey - shortbread

Without the hyphen, that's sounds like a rather nice biscuit!!

Dredging through my memory banks I have feeling your recipe seems very similar to the one I learned at school, so will give it a try.

Thanks for that Honey.

Wendy

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Welshcookie

Shortbread

You can also try putting it in the fridge after you put it in the tin; before you cook it.

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Wendy

Welshcookie

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Wendy

Welshcookie

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Wendy

Welshcookie

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Wendy

Welshcookie

I will give that a try, Welshcookie.
Sorry about the three previous efforts, I think the computer is having an off-day!

Wendy

 
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