Tuesday, May 1, 2012

BWJ - Hungarian Shortbread

This is a cookie?  A cake?  Hungarian shortbread is one of the most interesting recipes I've tried.  What seems like a cookie dough is frozen, then grated into the pan. 
Following the suggestions of other bakers, I baked this bottom layer for 20 minutes.  Without cooling it, I spread the jam - I used a strained raspberry jam - and then grated the second layer on top and continued baking for another 40 minutes.  Both layers were nicely baked through. 
This confection was rich and light and wonderfully melt in the mouth.  I would certainly make it again as a special occasion dessert.
The recipe can be found at Cher's blog The Not So Exciting Adventures of a Dabbler or at Lynette's blog 1Small Kitchen.
Is it a flower?  Is it a tree?  Those not-yet-open buds are on the branches of an Eastern Redbud Tree.

23 comments:

  1. it did melt in the mouth... :) glad it tasted good!

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  2. What a wonderful picture!
    Yummy cake and beautiful flowers...

    This shortbread was delicious!

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  3. I am not a huge fan of jam filled biscuits or cakes, so I won't make it again. Glad you liked it and it melted in you mouth ...

    Ulrike @Küchenlatein

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  4. the tree looks great with your shortbread :) glad it was a hit!

    Alice @ http://acookingmizer.wordpress.com

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  5. I'm so glad you are back baking with us again! Your photo is beautiful--as usual. It really was yummy with rhubarb!
    Have a great day.

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  6. Your shortbread and the flowers look lovely! :) Glad you liked this one! :)

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  7. Simply beautiful shortbread! It certainly did melt in your mouth! Lovely job!

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  8. I am going to have to try it with prebaking the bottom crust. Yours looks great!

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  9. I used raspberry, too. Good stuff!

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  10. Love raspberry! Those buds are beautiful! I can just imagine what they look like opened.

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  11. Hey--I didn't think you were in on BWJ--glad you really are! I put the whole thing (after I sliced it and had a little taste) in the freezer!

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  12. Cookie or cake, it tasted delicious. Great photo!

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  13. Hi Clivia, it's great to see you back. Your shortbread is lovely, and I missed your sunny flower photos - bring on the spring in your parts.

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  14. Cookie-cake indeed! This was a tasty treat (and raspberries had to be really nice here).
    Great job. Thanks for baking along this week.

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  15. I am with you...cookie or cake?? :) Yours looks great!

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  16. Well my comment just disappeared so not sure what happened. I was mid-thought...ooops. Anyway, love the photo of the cookies with the flowers, etc. Great job.

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  17. Nice photo - the colour of the raspberry jam looks lovely with the shortbread.

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