Wednesday, 1 December 2010

My Favourite Christmas Treat!!



You've heard of the saying ...

"When life hands you lemons, make lemonade"

... but I have to say that when life hands me lemons, I like to make my FAVOURITE Christmas treat ...

LEMON SHORTBREAD!!

And since we all like a good Christmas treat, I thought I'd share the recipe with you all ... my good blogging buddies ... so here we go ...


LEMON SHORTBREAD


 
Ingredients:
  • 250g softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sifted icing sugar
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Shredded zest of two lemons
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • Extra tbsp caster sugar

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180. Line 2 trays with paper.

2. Using electric mixer, beat butter, icing sugar, zest, juice & vanilla in a medium sized bowl til mix is pale. Sift both flours & add to butter mix. Fold in using a metal spoon. Mix to smooth dough.

3. Roll dough on floured surface & cut shapes with cutter.

4. Place biscuits on trays, then lightly prick holes in each with a fork & sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake til golden brown. Stand trays on wire rack for 20 minutes before turning out on rack to cool.

 
Did I mention it's a REALLY easy recipe to make?! :0) And I love that hint of lemon zing to balance up the sweet shortbready flavour. Why not make some up to give as Christmas gifts - pop it on a pretty plate, or wrap it in some clear cellophane and tie it with a pretty ribbon, add a gift tag telling the recipient what tasty treat you're gifting them with and I can guarantee you'll be invited for a cuppa to celebrate! :0)

And if you REALLY want to go all out, why not pair some of this sweet treat with a hand-appliqued table runner. What was that ??? You don't know what to applique on the table runner??? Well ... it just so happens I can help! :0) Pop on over to visit the lovely Kerryanne's blog, because it just so happens that today I was the guest poster and shared a cute (if I do say so myself!!) Christmas design over there as part of Kerryanne's "Simply Christmas" campaign. Not only can you download the design and check out the step by step instructions on 'how to' this project, you also have the chance to win my original tablerunner sample ...



Which turned out rather well ... if I do say so myself! Tee! Hee! Hee! All you have to do is pop across to check out the tutorial on Kerryanne's blog, then come back and leave a comment on THIS post to let me know you've visited us both. You have until NEXT Wednesday, December 8, to leave your comment to go into the draw, so get blog-hopping!! :0) While you're visiting Kerryanne, you might pick up some more great Christmas ideas for gifts, cooking, decorating and wrapping because there's been some FABULOUS Christmassy tips shared through Kerryanne's "Simply Christmas" campaign.

Right now, though, I'm off to see if I can put those lemons to good use ... and perhaps pair the results with a cup of lavender tea! Tee! Hee! Hee! Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!
CHEERS!
KRIS

17 comments:

Kerryanne English said...

Thanks heaps Kris for popping over to Simply Christmas today to share your fabulous Christmas table runner tutorial with everyone. I think we'll see a few of these cuties popping up all over blogland for sure.
Hope you are feeling all better now.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Hi kris, i read about your giveaway on Simply Xmas. The table runner is lovely. Sandy.:-)
sandnagels1945@hotmail.com

Wickedly Divine Creations said...

I'm really going to have to try some of that lavender tea you regularly mention....as well as those lemon shortbreads. Can I pretend they're low fat?
I was just checking out the tutorial at Kerryannes....if I don't win yours I'm going to have to make one..even if I dont get it done in time for xmas :)

Anne C said...

Hi Kris
I have read your blog on Kerryanne's Simply Christmas & I love the table runner. I thought I would do some baking this year & I will give the lemon shortbread a go.

Julies knitting corner said...

Hello Kris just been reading your tutorial at Kerryanne's simply christmas. Lovely idea and thanks for sharing. Julie.C

Joy said...

Mmmm ... that lemon shortbread looks delish!!! Might have to make me some of that :o)!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Wanda said...

I saw your beautiful creation at Simply Christmas and I LOVE IT!!! Thank you for the tutorial!!!
best regards,
Wanda
wanda.contreras@yahoo.com

Sølvi's blog said...

WOW - forgot to tell about my finished for december. 5 pairs of potholders - one wea sold before picture, 3 wine-cats and one green charityquilt

Kathy H said...

Saw your guest blog over on Simply CHristmas. Love the bear table runner and the lemon shortbread sounds delicious. Thanks for the recipe and the instructions for the table runner.

Shez said...

Hi Kris i have just come over from simply Christmas,i love your blog so have earmarked your site as well.
Love your xmas table runner and will try your recipe for lemon shortbread,you are a very clever lady,hope i win the table runner hee hee and you have a great day. oxox

Tracy said...

I have just popped over from Simply Christmas. Your table runner looks very sweet and not too difficult for crafting at this busy time.
Tracy

Cary said...

I came over from Simply Christmas. What a lovely table runner! I've enjoyed looking at your blog.

Kim said...

Beautiful table runner Kris, I wanted to let you know I did have a finish for Dec. :)

Kim said...

Hi Kris again :) I read your post and saw the tutorial over at Kerryanne's blog. :) Now just have to find a spare moment to make one.

Sharyn said...

I've been following the ideas on Simply Christmas and this is another great simple idea which is so easy to follow. Thaks a million Sharyn

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Now I should be making one of those table runners I think Kris...and the lemon shortbread does sound yummy, sounds like a good thing to make to give to the bosses....

Mistea said...

Love the super cute table runner - bears are so versatile, they pop up in every season.
Lemon shortbread - wonder if I can make some for the Father.

Great tutorial, thanks for sharing.

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