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My Christmas baking adventure…

Allora…I decide to bake my mom’s recipe for whipped shortbread cookies. Which, I have happily consumed every year at Christmas however, have never baked.

Step one…obtain ingredients. Somewhat challenging since ingredients have different names in different parts of the world. Such as what I know to be cornstarch is known as corn flour here. Simple. Icing sugar is zucchero al velo. No problem, I have purchased the ingredients.

Step two…measurements are handled differently in Italy. Units of measure used are grams and weigh scales are a common item in kitchens. This is very foreign to me and I am bewilderd for a few days by this. Luckily today was market day and I purchased a measuring cup, in grams and millilitres as well as a baking pan. Woo hoo! I can work with this and am set to bake.
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Step three…convert the recipe to grams. Oh my, this is math…this is not how my mind works in the kitchen. I have a solution…vino rosso. Now all is well. On to baking cookies…
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Step four…follow the recipe. Hmmm, the first pan of cookies are flat and do not look like my mom’s. Although, these do taste great with espresso…
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Ah-ha! The flour I am using is 00, which is much lighter than the flour I am used to. No problem, add more flour. Success!!

Yummy!
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