Tag Archives: Baking

Brown Sugar Shortbread

27 Nov

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Like it or not the holiday season is upon us. Yes I already have my tree and decorations up and I know it’s not even December. My excuse is the hubby is gone to sea until the week or so before Christmas so I wanted to decorate while he was home. The holidays to me are about family, friends, snuggling up watching old christmas movies (national lampoons is my ultimate favorite!), and baking up a storm. This years first holiday baked good is brown sugar shortbread. This is a super easy recipe that any one can do. Just a few ingredients and some time is all that is needed. It is not overly sweet but melt in your mouth buttery. Perfect for those cold nights that roll in from over the ocean.

Brown Sugar Shortbread (or Scottish shortbread)
*recipe adapted from Bake with Anna Olsen

3/4 cup room temp butter (unsalted)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease a removable bottom baking dish or you can use a greased pan. Mix butter and brown sugar together until fluffy. The key to shortbread is to make sure you really mix the butter and sugar together for a good few minutes. It ensures the shortbread sticks together and also breaks apart nicely when cooked. Add the flour and salt together in a separate bowl then add to the butter-sugar mixture slowly until a crumbly mixture. Pour mixture into greased pan and press mixture together until even throughout. Poke holes with a fork all over shortbread. Cook in oven for a whole hour until lightly browned. Cut into squares or pie shapes while still warm. Enjoy!

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Talented friends I am lucky to know!

3 Aug

I want to do a little profile on some lovely ladies that I am so very lucky to know. These women are independent crafters, bakers, cooks and all around awesome ladies! I encourage you to check out their links and like them on facebook. Also spread the word and get these ladies the recognition they deserve for all their hard work. I am inspired by them daily and hope that a little of their talent rubs off on me.

Leanna:

I have known Leanna for years now. We took the same vet office assistant course in Vancouver and became fast friends. I always loved seeing what amazing handmade jewelry she would wear to class. She is located back in my home of British Columbia. She can pretty much make anything but her focus for a while was on handmade dolls. As she says they are “Eclectically fun & earth friendly handmade dolls.” She now has an etsy site devoted to her handmade bracelets, ties, and necklaces made out of fabric. All of her work is stunning and affordable. Check out her sites:

pootandboogie.blogspot.com

You can also go to Etsy.com and enter her shop name: Hello Fletcher

Harp:

I met Harp almost a year ago. Both of our husbands work together in the Navy on the same ship. We only recently started to really hang out together as I was in quebec for 4 months this year. Let me just say I love this girl. We are so alike it’s freaky. She has a couple blogs mostly focused on food. Recently she started up Tamarind which is authentic Indian food to order. Everything she makes is from scratch. Her samosas are insanely addictive. Harp has the focus and drive to make her a success. She already has her samosas in a local coffee shop in Halifax. If you are in the area go there now and buy a few and you’ll be hooked!

frenchpressing.wordpress.com
tamarindauthentic.wordpress.com

This is the facebook page to 99ONE where you can get amazing coffee, her samosas, and support the local community.

facebook.com/99ONE

Sandra and Jade:

I just met these two lovely ladies through Harp. They are fellow “military wives” who have taken what they love and made a business out of it.
Sandra is a baker and an amazing one at that. Everytime I see her she brings a new treat for us and it’s always tasty.

littlebitlittlebite.blogspot.com

Also you can find her on facebook under Sweets 2 Go

Jade is also ridiculously talented. She can make quilts and knit like crazy. Everytime I see her she is busy working on a knitted piece. I don’t know where she finds the time to make all of her beautiful pieces. I know that as soon as I have a little one she is the first to call for some baby supplies!
She also makes leather jewelry.

facebook.com/HandmadeByJadeJ

Please check out all of the links and support local work.

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Cardamom brown butter banana bread

5 Jul

That’s a mouthful of a title there! I’ve made banana bread many times with my moms no fail BEST banana bread recipe. So good….
But I’m trying to branch out on my own with recipes and flavors so I’ve come up with this little tasty bread. I’m working on my health so I’m slowly going to be working in healthier versions of my favorite baked goods. I feel this is a healthier version because I’ve used just egg whites instead of whole eggs,less sugar, and heart healthy margarine instead of butter. I miss butter already….
Anyways, the bread turned out good. Not as moist and buttery as my moms version. Nothing a little jam and butter (or margarine!) smeared on top can’t fix!

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Cardamom brown butter banana bread

2 cups flour
3 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups smashed bananas (about 3-4)
6 tbsp egg whites (same as 2 eggs)
1/2 cup browned butter (I used margarine) let cool
5-6 cardamom pods opened and seeds crushed into a powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a mixer blend flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl mix the smashed bananas, egg whites, brown sugar, cardamom, and cooled brown butter. Mix until incorporated.
Start the mixer on low and slowly pour in wet mix until all blended together.
Pour mix into a parchment covered bread pan. Shake around a little until even in pan.
Bake in oven for about 20 mins until browned on top and when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Serve sliced with butter, jam or even almond butter! Yum!

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