Today was also the day the kids found out their new teachers for next year, as well as their classmates. In awesome news, Cherub is still in with his 2 besties although I don't really know much about his teacher-to-be. She looks lovely though, with a kind, smiling face. And Climber, after a couple of difficult years, is in a class with nice kids and the absolutely gorgeous woman who was Cherub's adorable Prep Teacher. Even better, neither child is in the same class as the Threatener Dad's family of horrors. I had been fretting about that slightly.
I did a bit of Christmas baking today as well, so as to have something small to give the tennis teacher and the cleaning lady. Fixit tested them for me, he said they melted in his mouth, and that I could make more for him any day. Then her remembered about how he's trying to lose weight and not exacerbate the cholesterol and said, slightly forlornly, I suppose they're full of stuff that's bad for me? to which I had to say yes.
RICH SHORTBREAD (from the Women's Weekly Big Book of Beautiful Biscuits)
1 tspn vanilla essence
1/3 cup (55g) icing sugar
1 cup (150g) cornflour
3/4 cup (110g) plain flour
Beat butter, essence and sifted icing sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Add sifted flours, beat until combined.
The recipe says to pipe wibbly shapes onto the baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, but I made a sticky pancake of the dough on some floured greaseproof paper and used a floured Christmas tree cutter to make shapes. (Also the recipe calls for icing sugar mixture, but I always just use pure icing sugar because that icing sugar mixture stuff has a funny taste / texture in my opinion.)
Bake at 180 degrees for 15 minutes, cool on a wire rack. I also like to lightly dust with sifted icing sugar for extra prettiness.