I've been in my cleaning mood these past few days. I don't know why but that rarely happen to me. I am not a cleaning person, I hate cleaning and I am allergic to dust and the vacuum cleaner......hehehez. I remember when Jannah was still a baby/toddler, she got scared whenever she hears the sound of a vacuum or a blender. Everytime I turned these 2 appliances on, she will quickly run into her room. She will cringe and hold me thightly whenever I hold either the vacuum or blender close to her without even turning them on. Hb once said to Jannah...."It's ok to be scared of vacuum now but not when u grow up. Don't be like mama....she's scared of the vacuum." Duh!!! I am not scared of vacuum, I just hate cleaning, period and will only clean if I have to ahakkkksss.
Since my cleaning mojo was at my highest high. I stripped up the cooker hood and cleaned it starting from the top to every nooks and crannies of the hood. Got a few cuts from trying to clean the inside edges of the hood and I even did a thorough clean of the oven. They are not really dirty-dirty bcos I do keep them clean at all time and I make sure I clean up all the spits (from cooking) and spills immediately. Even though I admit that I am lazy, I just hate to clean any burnt on grease or spills that's why I make it a habit to clean as I go. I even cleaned the bathroom and sanitised it which is usually hb's job. Next, I've planned to clean all the kitchen drawers...take everything out. Vacuum it......hehehez I know what u thinking and wiped them all clean. Oh well, it's only a plan....it might not happen heeezzzz. One thing that must be done though is to 'decobwebtise' and clean the dust from the heater :(
Anyway, I promised hb to bake his all time favourite shortbread cookies. I think his part Scottish is coming out of him when it comes to choice of cookies. He even asked me to coat them with chocolate this time. To me, I prefer shortbreads as original as they can be. The dark chocolate coating seems to be too overpowering the buttery goodness of the shortbread. I have made them before using the exact same recipe....I luv this recipe as its not only simple but it just taste oh so original. As original as a Scottish shortbread should be but once they were dipped in chocolate, they don't taste original anymore. Just like hb whom is part Scottish and part Maori.....hehehez. He claims to be a Maori though bcos he's more closer to his Maori roots and culture.
Source : Amber @ Blue Bonnets And Brownies
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Enough to fill one shortbread mold.
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/3 c. powdered (icing) sugar
1/4 tsp. fine grain (table) salt
3/4 c. butter (1 1/2 sticks) (I used anchor)
1/2 tsp vanilla essence (I added)
Using a food processor, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse the ingrdedients once or twice just to thoroughly combine them.
Chop butter into large chunks and distribute evenly around the food processor bowl.
Replace the lid and process for 30-90 seconds, until the dough resembles fine crumbs.
Roll dough into a ball and chill it in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 160 deg C.
Take dough out of the fridge and roll it and cut into 1inch(w) x 3 inches (l), or you can use any cutters that you like.
Prick dough with a fork and bake it on a lined tray for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Dip in melted dark chocolate once shortbreads are cool.
Have a luvly weekend ;) TTFN.......