Skip to comments.Weekly Cooking Thread March 12, 2011
Posted on 03/12/2011 5:56:15 AM PST by libertarian27
Welcome to the 14th installment of the FR Weekly Cooking Thread.
Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or two - or eight for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' recipe stack of Family favorites?
Here's the place to share and explore your next favorite recipe.
These sound/look simply amazing:
Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread
1 tbsp instant espresso powder (I like Medaglia DOro)
1 tbsp boiling water
8 oz. unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped OR 3/4 cup store-bought mini chocolate chips
confectioners sugar, for dusting (optional)
Dissolve espresso powder in boiling water. Set aside to cool to tepid. Beat butter and confectioners sugar together on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until the mixture is very smooth. Beat in vanilla and espresso, then reduce mixer speed to low and add flour, mixing only until it disappears into the dough. Dont work the dough much once the flour is incorporated. Fold in the chopped chocolate or chips with a sturdy rubber spatula. Using the spatula, transfer dough to a gallon-size zip-loc bag. Put bag on a flat surface, leaving the top open, and roll the dough into a 9 x 10 1/2 inch rectangle thats 1/4 inch thick. As you roll, turn the bag occasionally and lift the plastic from the dough so it doesnt cause creases. When you get the right size and thickness, seal the bag, pressing out as much air as possible, and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours, or for up to 2 days. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Put the plastic bag on a cutting board and slit it open. Turn the firm dough out onto the board (discard the bag) and, using a ruler as a guide and a sharp knife, cut the dough into 1 1/2-inch squares. Transfer the squares to the baking sheets and carefully prick each one twice with a fork, gently pushing the tines through the cookies until they hit the sheet (okay, I didnt poke the cookies and theyre fine). Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, rotating the sheets from top to bottom and front to back at the midway point (I didnt do that either I bake one sheet at a time). The shortbreads will be very palethey shouldnt take on much color. Transfer the cookies to a rack. If youd like, dust the cookies with confectioners sugar while they are still hot. Cool the cookies to room temperature before serving. Makes about 3 dozen.
Everybody is Finnish on March 16th.
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The pea soup was delicious, thanks for posting. I had to use all fresh vegetables, all of the leftovers went into the hash for lunch.
Glad you liked it. I am making my soup tomorrow. I have the liquid from the St. Patrick’s day corned beef and cabbage waiting for me in the refrigerator for the soup stock and set the split peas out to soak tonight!
Recap of this week’s recipes:
Appetizer* 34 Crab Stuffed Mushrooms/Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms
Appetizer* 61 Curry Deviled Eggs
Dessert* 59 Irish Bananas
Dessert* 81 Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread
Meal* 3 Seared Mahi Mahi with Zesty Basil Butter
Meal* 15 SEAFOOD GUMBO
Meal* 16 Cedar Planked Salmon
Meal* 60 Something Fishy Going On (Seafood Stew)
Meal* 64 Boiled Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner
Meal* 73 Finnish Easy Meat and Cabbage Loaf.
Meal* 80 Butterfield Chicken
Side* 14 Cooked Cabbage
Soup* 65 Best Split Pea Soup Ever
(please don’t add any new recipes to this thread)
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