If you're anything like me, you've got grand dreams this time of year of tucking yourself away the kitchen and whipping up a selection of home made delectables to gift to friends and family in abundance, all the while humming your favourite christmas carols serenely as you go. Well reality kicks in for me, and it's end of year do's, school assemblies and for some reason a stream of 40th birthday parties to dress up for, that lay waste to my wistful ideas. Not to fear, I have a couple of simple recipes up my sleeve that I pull out this time of year, so even if I'm a little short on time, I have something I've made with my hands to give to loved ones. Here's one of them for you to add to your repertoire .
Four Ingredient Shortbread Cookies - GF
These little beauties are so moreish, and with only four ingredients, they're very simple to make. An easy one for the kids to help out with, and a scrummy gift. Here's how:
250 grams butter softened
1 1/2 cup cornflour
3/4 cup rice flour
1/2 cup icing sugar
1. Heat oven to 160 degrees celsius and line two baking trays with baking paper.
2. Place softened butter in a glass or ceramic bowl and sift in cornflour, rice flour and icing sugar. Combine well with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together and forms a dough.
3. Lift mixture out onto a floured surface and roll out to 1cm thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. (If a very hot day I cool these in the fridge to keep their shape before placing on baking trays). Or, sometimes I roll the mixture into a log and refrigerate to cool, before slicing into 1cm rounds to bake. Also a good way to store the mixture in the freezer if you are making ahead of time.
4. Place on lined baking trays and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until pale and crisp.
5. Cool on a wire rack, then decorate with a dusting of icing sugar. Store in an airtight container, or wrap in paper parcels to give away.
Natasha McGowan is the inspiration behind Homegrown Harvest. Based in the bountiful Waikato, she is an avid home gardener and cook.
Homegrown Harvest is a regional food event featuring selected food exhibitors, the annual Food Competition and the vibrant Spade to Spatula demo kitchen.
Held annually as part of the Waikato Show at Claudelands, it's an event not to be missed.
You're invited to take your seat at the table, and tuck right in to this feast of fresh flavour. Find out more here.