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November 18, 2013

Start Holiday Baking with #GayLeaFoods

I am not a baker.
Many people are surprised by this, as I love to cook. That said, I rarely cook with a recipe, and even when I have a recipe, I usually substitute ingredients, eyeball measurements and see what happens.
I’ve tried that before with baking. It did NOT work.
As you all know, I’m a super-proud Gay Lea Ambassador and this month, was given a challenge to – wait for it – BAKE my favourite shortbread recipe!
And while I’m always up for a challenge, I had to phone a friend, so to speak, and seek the advice of the best baker in my family – my Mother-in-Law – to shed her baking advice and recipe for her shortbread balls, which happen to be my favourite when she does her holiday baking.

Here’s the recipe:
1 ¾ cups cake and pastry flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans
¾ cup Gay Lea Butter
½ cup icing sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cold water

First, you combine the flour and pecans and mix well. In a separate bowl, cream the butter. Gradually add sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy. Add salt, vanilla and water and blend well. Gradually stir in flour mixture. Shape into ¾-inch balls. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 325° for 20 minutes or until edges just begin to brown. Cool thoroughly.  

And they actually taste good! You gotta love a good, easy shortbread recipe. So buttery and delicious. I think I may even try to make them again this Christmas when I make some visits! Can you imagine! Me, a baker?
I’m not sure they taste as good as my Mother-in-Law’s, but I’m sure she’s proud of me for trying!
Truth: there is actually a chocolate glaze that you can add to the cookies once they’ve cooled, but my MIL said not to do it. Even bakers alter recipes. There’s hope still for me.
In honour of World Kindness Day last week (November 13th), I will be sharing my shortbread cookies with all my friends at work. Who doesn’t love baked goods in the office?
If you don’t work with me, you don’t lose out! Gay Lea is holding a Shortbread Bliss Contest until December 31st, 2013. To enter the contest you need to visit the Gay Lea Facebook Page and LIKE their page. You can win daily prizes, weekly Kitchen-Aid mixers and the Grand Prize is a NEW Kitchen! You can do a LOT of baking in there.
AND you can win more great prizes from Gay Lea right here. Simply Suppa is happy to be providing 2 reader giveaways.
Giveaway #1
Fill out the Rafflecopter immediately below to win a Gay Lea “Our Table: Shared Meals” cookbook. It’s a compilation of popular recipes and includes everything from breakfast to dessert. Makes a good holiday gift too!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
And if that wasn’t enough, how would you like to win a KitchenAid® Classic Series Stand Mixer? Perfect for shortbread baking! You know the deal, enter the Rafflecopter below – you can enter the same contest on any Ambassador’s blog, but note only ONE grand-prize winner will be chosen (one winner across all 15 blogs).
a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Good Luck to you all and happy baking with Gay Lea!


“Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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