Thursday, 30 January 2014

Shortbread fudge cookies



Okay, so tomorrow's goodies for work are Shortbread fudge cookies.  Why?  Because they're quick and simple. 

Ingredients:
6oz plain flour
2oz sugar (supposed to be caster sugar, I have granulated in the cupboard so it'll do)
4oz butter (I use baking block as I'm tight)
Pack of fudge pieces (The one I used was 85grams from tesco's baking section)

Steps:
  1. Put the flour and sugar in a bowl.  You're supposed to sieve the flour but I never bother as I'm lazy.
  2. Add the butter to the bowl.  It's easier if it's in quite small chunks.
  3. Rub the butter into the mixture using your fingertips until it's like breadcrumbs.  If you don't know how, put both hands in the bowl, pick up some of the mixture, rub between your thumb and middle and fore fingers, dropping back into the bowl.  Then repeat.
  4. Add the fudge pieces.  Try not to eat too many, but man are they tasty.
  5. Squidge together until it forms a dough.  Think the technical term is kneading.
  6. I leave it for half hour, dunno why, but it seems to help the mixture bond.  I think it has to do with the heat of my kitchen allowing the butter to melt.
  7. Roll out the dough on a floured surface.  Use a cutter to cut out shapes and put on a baking tray.  I use a round one until the tray is full then a smaller one for the left overs to fill in the gaps on the tray.  Once again I use a silicon lining.
  8. I like well done shortbread, so I cook it for about 20mins on gas mark 4 (200C?).  15 mins if you want it normal shortbread done-ness.
  9. Leave out for 5 mins then put on wire rack.  Or eat them.
As you can see, forget about the fudge pieces, they taste awesome, but don't look pretty, and if you eat a cookie too quickly, they act like Napalm.

Why do I always add stuff to cookies?  Because it makes them delicious.  Now I'm going to watch today's Babylon 5 on Watch on catchup (Season 3 is amazing, if you haven't seen this show do.  Buy it on DVD, it's cheap and watch it.  Season 1 is so so, Season 2 is better and season 3 and 4 are amazing.  Season 5 is so so again as they were expecting it to be cancelled and then it was reprieved).

Let me know if anyone else wants cookies.