Cookies Class – Shortbread

I am back to class – Cookies Class!

It felt nice to put the chef’s uniform back on.  This first class was about shortbread.

A simple recipe made up of butter, sugar, bread flour and rice flour.

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The dough is rolled out and then scored.

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It is then baked until golden.

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Last step is to cut the cookies and then you have shortbread =)IMG_0273_2

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Pasta Dough From Scratch

Decided one weekend to try making pasta noodles from scratch.  Found a super easy recipe:

100g flour

1 egg

pinch of salt

water if needed

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Mix your egg and flour until you get a dough ball.  I used a mixer with the dough hook attachment.  Added some water just to get the ingredients to mix and it took no time at all.  You want a play dough like consistency.

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Once you have your dough mixed, wrap it in clear plastic and chill for about 30 minutes.

Once the dough is rested, it is time to roll the dough out.  If you have a pasta press, now is the time to start feeding in your dough.  I, on the other hand just used a regular rolling-pin.  I think I need to invest in a pasta press….

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The key is to roll it out super thin, paper like thinness.   My roll out was not paper-thin. IMG_0267_2

Using a sharp knife, I cut my dough into noodles and then boiled in salted boiling water for about 4 minutes.

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I made some pesto and added some cherry tomatoes and parmesan.  It was alright for a first try.

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So simple. =)

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