Where did it all begin? Well, for me, it all started in high school at the young age of 11. With that first batch of light, perfect shortbread I was hooked. Since then, baking has become a sort of escape for me, a joint first with my beloved books of course.
Now, 12 years later I love the subtle, peaceful art of baking more than ever. Sure, not everything turns out perfect, and I make the odd (ok, maybe not odd) mistake, but with the smell of freshly baked goods being transferred from the oven to a wire rack, the beautiful and tantalising scent wafting throughout the house, I am truly happy. And of course, not everything turns out bad…in fact, I have made some very tasty treats if I do say so myself.
Now, the shortbread I mentioned is truly the nicest I have ever tasted. Light and perfectly formed, it melts in your mouth leaving you wanting more. The recipe which I use is the same one I have been using since that very first time in my Home Economics class:
55g caster sugar
180g plain flour
Pre-heat oven to 190 o’C. Beat butter and sugar together until pale. Add flour and mix into dough. Roll out and cut into rounds. Lay out on a lightly buttered baking tray and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Once baked, transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Sprinkle with caster sugar, or alternatively, decorate with icing. I usually just using caster sugar :)
Anyway, try out this wee recipe and let me know what you think.