Tuesday, May 1, 2012

TWD: Hungarian Shortbread

 Again I waited until Tuesday to do the baking for TWD. I am actually proud of myself from the standpoint I have finished another recipe. From the start I wanted to quit. First, just from procrastination. Second, because when I whisked the flour with the baking powder I used baking soda. There is a difference! I headed back to the store because I also used up all my flour. I am proud that I did not let that deter me. We have two weddings this year and the rehearsal dinner for one is here so I had to go pick up plants for the back yard. This allow me to go to the store most likely to have rhubarb.
 Look at this beautiful color. I have had no experience with rhubarb but this is strawberry rhubarb from Washington (according to the sign at the store). The jam recipe was easy and it is delicious. Tart and sweet. The black spots on the spoon are from the vanilla bean that was scrapped into the rhubarb.
 Once I had the right ingredients the dough came together quickly. It has a pound of butter in it!!! The interesting part of the recipe is that you wrap it up and freeze it. After 30 minutes you grate the dough.  A very clever trick. No rolling just sprinkling and resisting the urge to smash it down. It looks like rice crispies treats. I read a lot of other participants and many baked the bottom half 15 minutes so I did too. It really worked well.

The end result is delicious!! A little ice tea and a plate of shortbread...way to ruin a trip to the gym. After another bite it is so worth it. This makes a lovely dessert. It looks so pretty. The tart jam really stands out from the sweet shortbread. I have to be careful not to eat more but send it to work!

Thanks to Lynette of 1smallkitchen and Cher of The not so exciting adventures of a dabbler… for hosting. The recipe can be found on their blogs.


  1. Oh nooo! Sorry that you messed up your first batch. At least you weren't that far into the recipe, but I applaud you for heading to the store for more flour. I'd have scrapped the whole idea at that point! Your jam looks great! I really wanted to try making the jam, since I've never had rhubarb before, but I couldn't find any at my supermarket. Oh well!

  2. Kudos to you! I too would have said forget it at that point. Glad you enjoyed them. This is why we workout yes? So we can eat (almost) anything we want. :)

  3. Looks really good. And a glass of iced tea with it sounds divine.

  4. Very nice! Thanks for baking along this week - great job!

  5. I haven't made this yet. Hopefully I can find rhubarb this weekend at the farmer's market. looks yummy!!!