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 BakingPosted by - Zoe @ Bake for happy kids