Cooking With K-cups- Shortbread

Posted on Sun, Dec 08, 2013

5 ingredient  shortbread recipe

After a busy family weekend my cupboards are near bare.  I was in need of a dessert recipe but, I had no eggs, no vanilla, no chocolate chips, no granulated sugar...hmmm that is very limiting now isn't it?

Then it came to me- shortbread.  This goes perfect with tea or coffee and requires ingredients that are always in my kitchen, even when the pickings are slim.  I love shortbread because it has just the perfect hint of sweetness.  Some may call it bland but, I actually prefer this sort of dessert to be paired with my favorite Kcup tea or coffee. It is just right for dipping and doesn't leave me feeling sickened with a sugar overload. 

Let's get to the recipe...

You will need:

2 1/2 C all purpose flour

3/4 C confectioners sugar

1/2 t salt

2 sticks of butter

1 T milk

- Start by sifting all of the dry ingredients into a medium bowl. 

- Cut the sticks of butter into approximately 16 pieces and place on top of the dry ingredients.

- Mix on medium speed until the butter and dry ingredients form what looks like dry pea size crumbs (it will not look at all like a typical dough at this point).

- Add the milk and mix on medium for approximately 1 minute. 

- Using your hands the press the dough together to form a ball.

- Press into a 8x8 square glass dish.

- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. 

Shortbread is actually an unleavened bread or biscuit (originally served to royalty in Scotland). Since I wanted it to serve as a dessert I gave it a very thin glaze of royal icing.  To make the glaze combine 2 heaping tablespoons of powdered sugar with 1 t of milk.  Stir until all of the sugar is dissolved.  Drizzle over the entire shortbread and allow to cool. 

5 ingredient shortbread recipe 4This recipe will make 12-18 pieces depending on how large you prefer your slices.  

 I chose to enjoy my Shortbread with a Irish Breakfast tea Keurig Kcup but, I think it would also go great with India Spice Chai.  

 For an added flavor dimension try topping your shortbread with a dollop of berry jam as a matter of fact I think this is an absolute requirement!

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