Monday, 22 August 2011

Episode 20 - Playing Catch-Up - Monday, August 22, 2011

Link to Episode 20!

Creativity Studio

The pattern for my alpaca shawl is called "Governor's Lady" in the pamphlet "Crochet for Tables, No. 202" by The Spool Cotton Company, 1943.  Head over to to check out projects made with this pattern!

Country Living

Pecan Brown Sugar Shortbread

1 c unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c brown sugar, packed
2 1/4 c flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c finely chopped pecans (or so)

In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar.  Stir in flour and salt.  Stir in pecans.  Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth, about 3 minutes.  Pat out to 1/3" thickness and cut into squares, rectangles, triangles, etc.   Poke each cookie with a fork (to prevent puffing while baking). Place cookies about 1" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake at 300F until browned on the bottom and cookies have firmed up (not hard, just until when you touch them lightly they still have a bit of an indent left), about 20-25 min.  Don't over bake or they will be dry.  Makes about 42.
N.B.  This is a recipe to use good quality ingredients in.  Fresh flour, fresh nuts and fresh butter does make a big difference!  I would suggest using dark brown sugar if you have it for the most flavour, but I regularly use light brown because that is what I normally have in the house, and the flavour is pretty good.  These are a "sandy" style shortbread, not the "melt in your mouth kind" that typically uses cornstarch.

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