Day 11: Rambling Rambler (12DayOfBlogmas)

So, it’s the day before the day before, and you know when you have plans and they never really go to plan?

Yeah, thats what my days been a bit like again! But, at least, I’ve now got all my Christmas presents bought and wrapped, minus some I never ended up finding, so, it’s not been too bad of a day!

My shopping fails, today, included not finding said item for brothers girlfriend anywhere! Although, we did come across one shop that had it, but it was a ‘real’ one and not the sort of one she wanted!

And, trying to find Crooked Kingdom, now! That was quite entertaining! This poor guy was walking around WHSmith trying to find thisbook whilst trying to find another book for someone else, and, in the end, when we could hear him walking up and down the stairs all around us, he came back and told us they didn’t have it!

I’ll get it cheaper online than if I’d picked it up in a store, but I think, thay sometimes, it takes away from like, the authenticity of things, you know?

So, back home, I also attempted to Nigella Lawson it up with a Chocolate Yule Log, and it failed miserably!

Seperating eggs and whipping whites to soft peaks is no fun! Especially when it comes out of the oven a gooey sort of burnt and a film of crisp cakery laid over the top of it!

Safe to say, it went in the bin, and tomorrow, we’re gonna get out the big guns (by which I mean my mums oldest recipe book) and just listen to the professionals before Lawsons time.

However, I think all the wrapping I did today also fried my brain a little!!! It just never felt like it was going to end, and I’m already bad at it! Thank God its all done now! I don’t think there’s anyone else I have to buy for! (Until tomorrow comes and my list suddenly apears again)

So, tomorrow will be filled with chocolate yule logs, caramel cheesecake (which will determine how bad a day today was with how set it is).

Anyway, before I successfully drop my phone on my face, I’m gonna get to bed! Sorry for the rambly post! I had an awesome idea for what I was going to write today; but I guess theres always next year! Right!

I’d choose Rhys, the most righteous character from my nano project DOACZK, and Aran, the most righteous character from ‘Tales Of Monsters’ because I think their the only ones who would feel bothered about how all them poor kids felt when they woke up on Christmas to no presents!

Who would you choose!

Until tomorrows blogmas wrap-up! It’s good night from me!

Failing at Chocolate Covered Shortbread…

I love to bake, I really, really do, but often times, the most simplest of recipes can illude me.

This time. It was shortbread.

It has three ingredients:

  • 4oz (softened) butter
  • 2oz caster sugar
  • 6oz flour

So, all you need to do is mix it together well and knead in to a dough. Then roll it out, probably to a 1cm thickness and cut it in to shapes. Then, throw it in to a pre-heated oven at gas mark 5/190° for about 15 to 18 minutes. Keep checking, once its a nice browned colour, take it out and cool it!

It sounds so simple, but the first time I put all the ingredients together, I used butter from the fridge because the recipe said nothing about it needing to be softened.

Lets just say that it didn’t work and it all got thrown in the recycling bin.

Next, I melted the 4 oz butter in the microwave and got a fluffier consistency when I mixed it with my sugar. Great!

Then I added in the flour. It all went well, but when I needed to knead it, it all fell apart in my hands. So, instead of giving up, I melted another oz of butter and folded it in as best I could.

Once the dough was done, all I had to do is roll it out  and cut them in to shapes. Most people do fingers, but I just used a cookie cutter to make some circles! I have no patience when it comes to making it all one level, and mine were too thin, so the baking times were completely off!

All I had to then is poke them with holes using a fork and put them on a tray backed with some baking paper!

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I tried to make a man but as you can see, the dough was too dry and he died…

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My first batch went in for 18 minutes and came out like this. I added a sprinkle of sugar to try and save them, but you can see the result…

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It’s probably because they weren’t 1 cm thick, and so baking times were completely off, but hey how, they still tasted nice, just slightly more crunchy.

My next batch went in for 15 minutes and came out a better colour. The first batch is in the background for reference.

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Also, as is the norm in my house, I always have a little ‘taste tester’ by my feet. Sometimes there’s also a cat, and a shihtzu, if I’m making a chicken curry, but Caden is forever there, making sure to clean up if I drop something.

Next, to help me save them the best I could, I melted some chocolate and covered them in it. I’m honestly a person who thinks chocolate can save most things!

The process is the same as my wagon wheel chocolate covering, and more pictures of that can be found on this post.

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Once their covered, put them in the fridge for the chocolate to set!

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They may be a bit more crunchier than a normal shortbread biscuit, but they still taste just as good!