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jroot

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12-09-2008 06:22 PM

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Roman, where are you?

You mentioned in a former post, “Shortbread…….................I happen to think that my mothers recipe is the best, bar none”

I’d love to see your recipe.

My father-in-law was diabetic, so my mother-in-law made this recipe for short bread.

Baba’s Shortbread

1 cup white margarine
1 ¾ cup flour
½ cup honey
1tsp vanilla

Mix together; roll into log; cool in fridge; slice about ¼ inch thick

Bake 325F for 20 – 25 minutes

Will be sandy like most shortbread but with more flavour.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown



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Bunting

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12-09-2008 06:29 PM

wow Jroot

thanks so much

I have 2 diabetic friends and a daughter and I was looking for something they could enjoy

So honey won’t hurt?? it is a lot of sugar too but maybe being narural sugar is why they can have them???

Are these really short like others?? I think I wil make your receipe

thanks for posting

-- NS Zone 5B 200 KM East of Halifax cheers Bunting------Having a place to go – is a home. Having someone to love – is a family.

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Bunting

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12-09-2008 06:34 PM

Ok a question Jroot

why white margarine?? I always make mine with butter

can one buy white margarine still and what kind or who makes it?

I just sent this to baby daughter, my grandson love cookies and he could have these too

thanks

-- NS Zone 5B 200 KM East of Halifax cheers Bunting------Having a place to go – is a home. Having someone to love – is a family.

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12-09-2008 06:53 PM

Bunting, I am not sure if they are diabetic approved, but my father-in-law enjoyed them, and so did I , when I was sucrose intolerant for about 10 years. Now I can handle sucrose in moderation. Strange things, these bodies are. I have always been able to handle honey. ... gotta have my honey every morning! :) Now don’t be reading into that. LOL

My wife is lactose intolerant, and hence the adaptation for the margarine. We use the olive oil based Becel margarine all the time. It is a rare occasion that butter appears in the house, (although I did smuggle some in the other day to make something for a party we are hosting on Sunday).

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Greenthumb

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12-10-2008 04:48 AM

Jroot

Its 5:30 am and Ive been up for an hour. Such a busy time and lucky for me the work has yet to slow down. Doing and chasing paper, cross referencing invoices and purchase orders to make sure suppliers sold me what they quoted me and invoicing clients including the “extras”.............theres just no end to it.

I will dig out my short bread recipe and PM you…...........my mother calls it “Intellectual property”. The secret is two fold. First…......butter. It should be creamed, not whipped, and done by hand with a wooden spoon and it DOES make a difference (some folks think that all butter is the same but it isnt so if you can find “Normandy Butter from France” all the better because the butter fat content is much higher and again the difference is night and day). Flour should be sifted whether “pre sifted or not” and again…........it makes a difference. Lastly, I use “Fructose powdered sugar” instead of icing sugar or beet sugar.

I have to go and do snow now but at some point I WILL send you the recipe.

Merry Christmas

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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12-10-2008 10:59 AM

Those are great hints, Roman.

Fructose (fruit sugar) , like honey, is sweeter than cane sugar, and a heck of lot healthier, therefore one can use less in most recipes. When I have my diabetic friends over, I always bake with fructose.

Butter from Normandy is an interesting concept, Roman. I have seen it in the local Zehr’s store in Guelph, just yesterday.

Sifting the flour is good also, as it makes it lighter. Of course, how one handles it when mixing makes a difference also.

My wife loves to cook, but can’t bake for the life of her. She can make bricks or door stops out of bread. So I do all the baking just once iin a while though. As HER mother used to say to me, ”John, it is all in the touch” . My pastry chef daughter-in-law agrees. :)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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12-10-2008 12:11 PM

As my father (our family baker) used to tell me, “the only baked thing that needs work is bread, anything else, the less you mess with it , the better it’ll be.” And I have found that to be a pretty good rule of thumb.

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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XploreOrganics

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12-10-2008 01:54 PM

grass fed dairy and meat is always best… Normandy butters are from free-range cattle eating a biologically appropriate diet of pasture rather than grain, making a richer flavourfull butter. It is also said that the soil of Isigny is soft and damp, and the cows there thrive on grass that is richer with iodine and beta-carotene. mmmm.

And Dini, your Dad is so right. Pastries especially.

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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12-15-2008 02:51 PM

I found some butter from Normandy at Zehr’s and found that in shortbread it has a very buttery taste. The fructose which Roman suggests above works well. Sweet, but not too sweet. It is always great to have shortbread for the Xmas holidays.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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12-16-2008 09:19 AM

Now, if I could just find the time to bake

the economy is melting down into a bubbling sespool and yet my commisioned sales are taking off like a rocket

wierd

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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12-16-2008 06:33 PM

I wish my diamond commissions were “taking off like a rocket”, but alas … @#$% economy

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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03-20-2012 05:33 PM

Could unsweetened natural applesauce be used instead of the margarine? I’m diabetic too.

-- Nancy K . . . If it's purple . . .

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03-20-2012 05:47 PM

No, MrsRustic. I don’t think you can substitute here. I often use applesauce in place of oil or shortening in baking, but I don’t think it will work here. Of course, the only way to truly know is to try it out. Let us know how it work, IF you try it.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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