I love baking for friends and family at Christmas. A home made present is so much a part of the person that is giving. The cook has not only put in the time and effort to make their gift but what they choose to make also reflects the love they wish to impart to the recipient.
There are so many fantastic and complicated recipes out there, but at Christmas, when time is short and family life is ridiculously hectic the simplest recipes, made with love and care tastes just as good as a Michelin star dessert, as far as I am concerned!!!
I love the care and detail that is put into a home made jam, or marmalade…even better if it is home grown fruit. Make me a dessert sauce or a batch of chocolate chip cookies and I will love you and my present more than a $100 voucher anyday 😉
Here is the simplest of shortbread recipes. I have been making this from one of the old Women’s Weekly cookbooks since I was even shorter than I am now!!
1/3 cup icing sugar
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cornflour
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add sifted flours, mix well. Put mixture into piping bag with fluted tube or into a cookie press. Pipe rosettes or choose your favourite cookie press stencil and press on to lightly greased oven trays. Bake in 170 degrees celsius oven 10-12 minutes for piped cookies or 8-10 minutes for pressed cookies. Cool on wire rack.
A seriously simple way to ‘Bliss’ them up is to melt your favourite couverture chocolate, add a couple of tablespoons of Kahlua to the chocolate and half dip each of the cookies. Let set on a sheet of baking paper. Pile them high on a plate and sprinkle liberally with icing sugar.
Merry Christmas to you all, as I get back to baking with 10 overseas guests staying in the house!!!
Real life baking, real life Christmas, real life Bliss xxx