Millionaire's Shortbread Illustration

Hello there... phewph it's been a busy day, but I'm super excited because I've actually managed to finish off my week 4 assignment for #risedesignandshine ahead of time! 
I know...I may have to go for a lie down now.

This weeks assignment was to illustrate a favourite recipe and I chose an old family favourite which is quite appropriate as I'm now residing in Bonnie Scotland.
It's shortbread (which is a huge favourite in Scotland) but not just ordinary shortbread...it's gorgeous Millionaire's Shortbread
Have you baked it before?
It's incredibly easy and as it was featured on last weeks 'The Great British Bake Off' I thought it just had to be my choice for this assignment.
My hubby and son think I need to bake it following these instructions just to make sure I have it all illustrated correctly.
They're calling it research...I have another name for it!

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Here's a closeup view for anyone who might want to use the recipe.

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If you'd like to see more... I posted a slightly different version of the recipe on my blog... way back in January 2012, when we lived in Melbourne.
(Click here
Oh boy looking back at some of these old blog posts, I baked an awful lot back then.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thanks for your visit today.
It's always great to see you and I'd love to hear from you too.

Lemon Tart... My Sunday Photo

I'm away at the moment, so I thought I'd leave you with one of my most popular blog posts. 
The Classic Lemon Tart.
With the holiday season creeping up on the calendar in the North Hemisphere and Summer about to appear in the Southern Hemisphere (when lemons will be plentiful) it's a great recipe for entertaining no matter what the occasion.
I've included the recipe below but please forgive me for not putting the different measurements.

Classic Lemon Tart (serves 12 at least)

Ingredients:  
10 eggs380g caster sugar500 ml Double creamzest and juice of 8 lemonsbutter, for greasing225g sweet shortcrust pastry  (see recipe below)


To Serve:
100g mild goat's cheese

50 ml double cream
2 tbsp icing sugar, plus extra for dusting 
a little whipping cream 


Method:
1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.

2. To make the filling, break the eggs into a bowl and whisk gently to break up the yolks. 
3. Add the sugar and continue to mix, then add the cream and lemon juice, but not the zest. 
4. Pass the mixture through a sieve, add the lemon zest and leave to one side.
5. Butter a 20cm plain, loose-bottomed flan tin with softened butter and roll out the pastry to get a thin even depth to the pastry. 
6. Carefully roll the pastry back over the rolling pin, lift over the tin and roll the pastry back over the tin very loosely. If you don't leave the slack, the pastry will rip or shrink too much when cooking.  
7. Tuck the pastry down the sides of the tin, pressing into the bottom edge well, but be careful not to tear or stretch the pastry. Don't trim the pastry.
8. Line the tart with a circle of grease-proof paper that is bigger than the tart and allows the paper to rise above the ring.
9. Fill the tart with either baking beans, rice or ceramic baking beans. Bake for 10 minutes.
10. Remove from the oven and remove the beans and grease-proof paper, then place back in the oven to colour the bottom of the tart. This should only take 3-4 minutes.
11. Turn the oven down to 100°C/225°F/Gas Mark ½. 
12. Pour in the lemon mix to reach the top of the tart and bake for 1 hour until the tart is only just set. 
13. Remove from the oven and trim off the edges of the pastry. Leave to cool for about 1 hour.
14. To make the accompanying cream, mix the goat's cheese with the double cream and icing sugar.
15. To serve, dust the tart with plenty of icing sugar and grill under a hot grill to caramelize the top. 
16. Remove from the grill and cut into wedges and serve with a spoonful of the cream.

Rich shortcrust pastry ~ makes 300g

Ingredients: 

200g plain flour
 ¼ tsp salt 
  2 tbsp icing sugar (if making sweet pastry)
100g cold unsalted butter, cubed
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp iced water

Method:
Mix together the flour and salt (and icing sugar if making sweet pastry). Add half the cubed butter to the flour. Gently and swiftly, rub the fat into the flour until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the rest of the butter and mix until it's the size of small peas. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. 
Mix the egg with the lemon juice and water and gradually pour into the well a little at a time, rubbing it through your fingers, until it forms a dough (you may not need all the liquid). 
Turn out onto a floured board and knead lightly until smooth. 
Shape into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 

To line a tin or mould, roll the chilled pastry onto the rolling pin, then unroll over the tin, draping the pastry into the tin or mould. Gently press it in place using your fingers.  

I tend only to bake this tart for special occasions...but to simplify the recipe I suppose you could use (sharp intake of breath) packet pastry!!!!
If you'd like to read the full blog post then click Classic Lemon Tart

I'll love and leave you for now.
As usual I'm linking up with My Sunday Photo
Thanks for visiting

My Sunday Photo... Easter Cup Cakes

 It's a flying visit today because there's chocolates to be had... and celebrating to be done. 
So forgive me for rushing...
I'd just like to wish everyone that celebrates Easter, a happy peaceful holiday weekend.
For those who don't celebrate Easter... well there's always cupcakes!
These little bunny beauties were baked by my big sister, but unfortunately this is as near as I'm going to get to them, as she lives in a different part of the country. 
Now I'm thinking I'll just have to bake some for myself.

As usual I'm linking up with My Sunday Photo

Thanks for your visit and I hope you have a great weekend.
Whatever you have planned... have fun and enjoy!
Now where's that Easter Bunny hidden those chocolates?