TWD: Baking With Julia – Hungarian Shortbread

by Jessica on May 29, 2012

Hungarian Shortbread from My Baking Heart

Thank goodness for second chances. This recipe was originally scheduled for May 8th, but because I’ve got about 90 things going on at the minute, I’d told myself that it was due on May 15th. But if you recall, May 15th featured those sinful Pecan Sticky Buns. Thus, I was behind. So, today is a TWD ‘Third Tuesday’, a chance for us bakers to post a dish that we’d missed in the past! Mine, of course, is this beautiful (and easy!) Hungarian Shortbread.

The dough comes together quickly and then spends a quick 30 minutes chilling in the freezer. Once it’s cold enough, you grate the dough into the pan using a box grater. Surprised, right? It does sound strange, but this technique gives the dough an almost softer, finer texture once it hits the tongue. My grater, however, has some abnormally small holes… which is why it looks as if I sprinkled shredded Parmesan on top. ­čÖé

I also had a little problem with the dough warming up too quickly. Between my warm hands and the short time it spent chilling in the freezer, the dough started crumbling to pieces before I had a chance to grate it all into the pan… resulting in thin pieces. Nevertheless, the shortbread was still a big hit and I’ve even got a bit of extra dough stored in the freezer to use in the next few weeks. Anyone for a bite?

Hungarian Shortbread from My Baking Heart

Hungarian Shortbread (pg. 327)
Source: Baking With Julia by Dorie Greenspan

Our original hostesses for this recipe are Lynette of 1smallkitchen and Cher of The Not So Exciting Adventures of a Dabbler…, whose blogs should have the recipe posted. And for a list of ‘Third Tuesday’ bakers, click over to the ‘Leave-Your-Link’ post!

Hungarian Shortbread from My Baking Heart


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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 tierneymarie May 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I loved this recipe, which surprised me. I had leftover dough, too, which made a nice tart crust, but anyway, so glad you got to go back and make this!


2 yummychunklet May 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I’m glad you got to make this because it was so delicious and easy to pass up! Yours looks great.


3 Andrea May 30, 2012 at 1:28 am

Jessica, lovely and buttery looking Hungarian Shortbread – it is a nice recipe and I particularly like your last photo – looks so appetizing (I really should stop writing comments before breakfast…).


4 Jolie Angie May 30, 2012 at 2:29 am

Good recipe.
Mom To Chef


5 A June 1, 2012 at 12:03 am

I like how delicate they look!


6 Alicia June 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

I had the same experience with the shortbread dough warming up quickly when grating – but still turned out deliciously, just as your look!


7 jora June 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm

i shouldn’t admit this, but i ate a piece of this straight from the freezer last night ­čÖé it really is excellent


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