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Baking with tea!

28 Jan

I tried googling recipes of baking with peppermint tea, but didn’t get too many hits.  So I looked up my own recipe for shortbread, and adapted it.  This texture was a little bit chalky, but I do know what I’ll do in the future to avoid that.

Give me a "T'!  And give me a... oh wait that's it.

Give me a “T’! And give me a… oh wait that’s it.

So in the future, rather than brew a very strong tea, I think I’ll infuse the butter by cooking it with the tea, and then chill it again.  What I did this time was throw three tea bags in a bowl and pour a bit of boiling water over it.

If you have some tea, and no one else can help, maybe you can hire the S-team.

If you have some tea, and no one else can help, and if you can find it, maybe you can hire the S-team.

Then did the usual shortbread recipe, but I ended up adding an extra cup of flour because the dough was so wet and gummy.  I think gummy dough corresponds to chalky baked good.

No one wants to be defeated... just beat it!  
No one wants to be defeated… just beat it!

I added the super strong tea (a bit less than a quarter cup) with the wet ingredients, and I tasted the dough and it didn’t seem quite minty enough.  So I cut up the tea bags and mixed it in to the batter.

Do these guys ever wonder, am I my sciss(t)or's keeper?

Do these guys ever wonder, am I my sciss(t)or’s keeper?

I swear we have a rolling pin somewhere in the house, but I couldn’t find it, so I used an old mason jar to roll out the dough.

We could've had it all, rolling with the dough...

We could’ve had it all, rolling with the dough…

The cookies at the end had a pleasant little mint bite and flecks of green.

Lost the pizza wheel too... oops

Lost the pizza wheel too… oops

Here’s the recipe again:

Cream:

2 sticks of butter

1/2 c sugar

a few tablespoons of very strong mint tea

Add in:

3 c flour

1/2-1 tsp salt

A bag or three of mint tea

Bake at 300 for half an hour, and no longer.

I also did something silly, where I left my house while baking.  So I actually turned off the oven after about 20 minutes and left the cookies in there.  That’s also why they were chalky, overbaked and dry.  Sad face.

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Still tasty!

 

Short post about shortbread!

4 Dec

Last week I had a few friends over for a potluck and games night, and one guy brought this CRACK SHORTBREAD. It is the easiest recipe ever and it’s SOOOOO GOOD. I’ve never made shortbread before, and when he told me his recipe I memorized it and made it this night!

I’ve mentioned before how I’m not the best measurer, and I just guessed looking at a block of butter if it was a cup (two sticks).  This is pretty much the easiest recipe ever and only takes  four ingredients.

All for one and one flour all!  The four musketeers of shortbread


All for one and one flour all! The four musketeers of shortbread

Mix:

2 c flour

1/2 c sugar

1 c butter (2 sticks)

1/2 tsp salt

Pat or roll out to about half an inch thick.  I used a silpat; love these!

Bake at 300 for half an hour or so.

Patty cake patty cake, baker's rectangle

Patty cake patty cake, baker’s rectangle

A pizza cutter is THE way to cut shortbread.  So easy!

Pizza pizza!  Oh whoops I meant shortbread shortbread!  I don't think the Little Caesar's guy would be disappointed with this

Pizza pizza! Oh whoops I meant shortbread shortbread! I don’t think the Little Caesar’s guy would be disappointed with this

For extra decadence, melt some chocolate chips (I wish I’d used a deeper bowl to get more chocolate on the ends) and dip your cookies in the melted chocolate and then some chopped walnuts.  Yum!

Jack Sprat would probably die a hundred times over from one of these

Jack Sprat would probably die a hundred times over from one of these

Now please excuse me while my roommates and I stuff our faces.  Beware, this stuff is ADDICTING.

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