35 Before 35: Baking – Coffee Shortbread

coffee shortbreadWith my 35th birthday coming up this year, it’s obvious that I’m not going to complete my list – somehow I can’t see me going to Belfast and Slovenia and seeing the Northern Lights within the next 6 months-ish! But I can at least make an effort to complete the ones that don’t require me to even leave the house. So this weekend, I decided to kill two birds with one stone: bake biscuits for my 35 before 35 challenge and use some of the instant coffee I was sent ages ago and that we’re highly unlikely to ever actually drink given we have a pad coffee machine! I made Coffee Shortbread using a recipe I found here.

I was supposed to dust them with demerara sugar before baking but I don’t have any so I had planned to use vanilla sugar. I am still convinced I have vanilla sugar, but I couldn’t find it anywhere, so instead I used caster sugar and sugar crystals (which is called Hagelzucker in German – hailstone sugar. Try telling me German isn’t a poetic language!). I couldn’t decide which would be best!

shortbread

Here’s the final article, slightly cracked and only sort of round but very tasty!

coffee shortbread2

And how can you tell I’m not a food blogger? I totally forgot to take a pretty photo of them after I’d taken them off the baking tray!

So, 8 types of biscuits down… only 2 more to go! Any suggestions for what I should bake next?

 

4 thoughts on “35 Before 35: Baking – Coffee Shortbread

  1. If you are interested in unusual ingredients, cassia oil can be used to make delicious Easter biscuits (also with currants). Easter’s not for a while I know but they would definitely fit into the six month deadline, and they are so easy to make. I’d be very happy to pass on the recipe if you fancied it 🙂

      1. It’s related to cinnamon (I think). My mum first came across it in pharmacies decades ago and I think still buys it over the counter (possibly in health food shops now…she supplies me so I haven’t thought too much about where it comes from). You can definitely get it online (I checked on amazon).

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