Tuesday, May 20, 2008

My first TWD attempt

Ok, here's what I've learned about posting pictures.  You have to put them in the post first.  In reverse order.  Because they land at the top of the post and any typing you've already done is now below it and doesn't make as much sense.  Perhaps there's a way to move them around, but I haven't found it.  Enough technical talk.  On to the goodies!

This week's recipe on Tuesdays With Dorie was chosen by Tara of Smells Like Home.  Her choice was Traditional Madeleines.  I don't own a madeleine pan.  The wonderful moderators of TWD somehow sensed this and offered up another option.  We were able to make any previously chosen recipe that we had not already baked.  Since this was my first week, I had a lot of choices in front of me.  Since I had such great success with the Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread, I went with another shortbread recipe.  This one is called Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread.  Mmmmmm.  

Dorie does this great thing with her shortbread.  The instructions have you rolling the dough out in a plastic bag.  Saves on mess.  Makes it easy to store in the fridge.  Makes it really easy to cut it into very cute little squares.  Here is the dough right out of the fridge.

I use a ruler to cut the dough into about 1 1/2" squares.  See how nice and square they are.

Here they are all laid out, nice and square on my parchment lined baking sheet.  

The house is smelling wonderful.  I'm imagining lovely square, sandy textured shortbread.  I go to switch the pans in the oven (front to back and top to bottom) and..... what?!?!  Where are my lovely squares? 
Apparently, this is a very soft dough.  I did a little search online after I made my cookies and discovered that other people had similar problems.  The solution seems to be chilling, or even freezing, the sliced dough before baking.  I might also lower the oven temperature.  They were indeed ugly.  They did taste good, especially with a little sprinkling of powdered sugar.  I will try these again with some more chill time.
So, it's my first Dorie "failure".  Good thing I have many more chances to bake some yummy things.

Edited to add:  Thanks, Melissa!  She told me how to move the photos around.  Now I am just like a real technical kind of person.  Sort of.


Melissa said...

Welcome! Click (keep holding) and drag to move the pics.

Rebecca said...

Welcome to TWD! This recipe always tempts me, but everyone has problems with it. I'm just going to have to man up and give it a go. ;)

Cheryl said...

Oh, what a bummer! After all that work to make the even squares!

Christine said...

Welcome to TWD! Sorry your squares didn't come out as squares but I am sure they were delicious!

Jacque said...

Aaaw, and they started out so NICE. They look tasty, though. Welcome, this is my first week too :)

Garrett said...

Ohhh, freezing the shortbread before baking them. Sounds like a great way to get the edges nice and firm before the rest of it gets soft. Now I'll have your experience to work on when I make shortbread :-)

CB said...

I was totally sad for you after seeing your perfect squares! I didn't get a chance to make these yet so I appreciate your tips! Welcome to TWD!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Jayne said...

Welcome to TWD! So sorry your squares lost their edges! I'm sure they were still yummy!

Annemarie said...

I seriously don't know why mine worked and yours didn't. I think I just got really lucky. Atleast they taste great!!