Lately, my baking attempts have resulted in disaster. My “Chewy, Chocolate Chip Cookies” looked fabulous, but sadly could have been confiscated as an offensive weapon.
To add further insult to injury, my Brownies resembled a pool of brown mess with a tooth-breaking crust on top (which someone and their spoon went to town with… shame on you, Mother! At least it tasted nice…). Needless to say, those blog posts made the cutting room floor.
I’m more of a savoury person anyways (in taste bud only; not personality, I hope), so I was nearly resigned to the fact that I just could not bake sweet treats. I had almost come to terms with it; flicking past the apple crumble and pumpkin pie recipes despondently… wondering what was so wrong with the chocolate muffins in McDonald’s, anyway? Sigh.
But after reading this blog post the other day, I was spurred on to give it another shot. I drool at every food picture at the best of times, but the craving for home-baked shortbread was overwhelming.
Having baked “shortbread” once before, I was apprehensive. My last batch looked like a tray of sunken, week-old scones (hence the inverted commas in my description; shortbread it certainly was not!). They didn’t even taste similar.
BBC Good Food… your version of shortbread left me nothing short of disenchanted. How could you? I’m one of your biggest fans… sniffle. :( Thankfully, your abundance of other lovely recipes has mended our once broken relationship.
So; it was time to see if my next shortbread attempt would leave me crestfallen once more…
I am happy to report; faith in my baking ability has been fully restored! Of course it has! :) I can safely say you won’t need to look elsewhere for an authentic shortbread recipe; this one is perfect.
I don’t (yet) have the adorable shortbread tin like Wendy’s; I just packed my mixture into two sandwich tins. I was going to re-type the instructions here, but I followed every ingredient, measurement and method to the letter (a first for me), so if you want to try it, you’re best checking out the link above.
Rave reviews all around from my samplers; I thoroughly recommend it to any bakers who have had a knock in confidence!