2016-12-15 Thu

Cooking

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I have gotten back into Shortbread Cookies. Three ingredients (shortening, flour and sugar in equal volumes) .

A new tip from The Toronto Star is to place the dough between two sheets of (or in a folded sheet of) Parchment Paper. Much easier to roll flat, and no mess on the rolling-pin.

Above you can see that I have flipped the flattened dough onto a baking sheet and scored it with my Pizza-Knife, a rolling wheel with a cutting edge.

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Here we are, fresh out of the oven.

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Here is the dough, rolled flat within a folded sheet.

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There is a bit of a straight edge where the dough rolled into the crease of the paper.

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Which led me to experiment with double-folding to give me two straight edges.

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The second batch delivered a better set of Square Cookies, but that mean fewer inferior shapes for me to treat as, well, treats.

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Here is the scored sheet of dough after baking twenty minutes. The cut edges have melded, but it ought to be easy to snap them off along the weakened boundaries.

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As I slide the sheet off my baking tray, the sheet of dough obligingly separates itself along one set of scored lines.

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Bingo!

Observations

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Just over a year ago I wrote that Merkel was attempting to de-stabilize all countries that lay between Germany and the Middle East.

The sub-heading in this article (Toronto Star December 7th 2016) reads “German Chancellor also said she’ll protect country from future Mass Asylum Seekers”.

Has there, indeed, been too much of a Background Backlash against Germany’s decision to flood into Europe from the south-east and attempting to trample across the Strawberry Fields of Europe?