Posted on January 27 2012

Tartine Baking Project: #36 Shortbread

I was concerned that today’s baking endeavor was rather uneventful.  Definitely an ‘Eeyore’ type of day in the kitchen; very gray, rainy and lacking anything exciting worth noting.  I debated doctoring up the story a bit, but I am so incredibly tired that imagining up any fanciful story how Amy Poehler showed up on my doorstep, read to help me bake, while our little boys happily played trains in the living room.  Reality is, it’s the kind of week where I wouldn’t want her to see my kitchen.  And I’d be pretty embarrassed when Jack threw a crazy tantrum, maybe even taking swings at her children, because they were touching his toys.  He’s working on sharing and I’m working on patience.  I don’t think we’re ready for a surprise visit from the Poehler-Arnett clan.

As for this shortbread, it had seemed like it was going to be the easiest thing to whip together.  The ingredient list was short, the list of steps to get it in the oven were few, and I didn’t even have to bust out the stand mixer.  I just had to rely on my ol’ muscles.

I cannot use whole sticks of butter at a time and not think of Norway and their butter shortage.  I wonder how long this correlation will last in my brain.

This tiny little work space, which is in the vast majority of shots on this blog, is getting on my nerves again. 

I got this wooden tamper thing, and I am always looking for an excuse to use it. 

The edges turned out perfectly, but I’m greatly concerned about the all-around texture.  I think it should have stayed in the oven a bit longer.  I also think how I wimped out when I was stirring the ingredients in the final steps had something to do why they seem off.  The directions said to stir until a smooth dough forms.  Although I’ve been going to gym more frequently, my arm was tired before the dough was smooth so I just smushed it all together.

I’m not really a connoisseur of shortbread, so maybe this is right on.  I don’t think so though – I just don’t think they’re supposed to be this crumbly.  They just seem to be almost there – almost baked, almost delicious.  I’m steal eating them.  Does that make me some sort of raccoon?

  1. Sue says:

    You sound like you need a little cheering up…hope the sunshine today was helpful. I’m sure that the shortbread would have seemed perfectly divine if the sun were glistening off the grains of sugar! Hang in there! Love your blog!

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