Shortbread cookies

Hi I’m back, and I have for you my favourite shortbread recipe which is my ultimate comfort food. I just love them with milky tea after dinner. The recipe was passed to me by my mum in low and I have to say that this cookies are simply amazing. I’m very lucky that she gave me this recipe and now I can make it whenever I want. But to be honest when she makes it, always tastes better.


Ingredients for 12 cookies

250g unsalted butter, at room temperature

100g caster sugar

225g plain flour

75g rice flour

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt


In a bowl, combine the flour and salt.

In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract. gradually add the flour and salt mixture into the butter mixture and mix until you have a stiff dough which can be rolled.

Preheat the oven to 175 C

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roughly press it out into a rectangle shape, then press it into a baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes until the edges are very lightly golden and most of the surface is still pale gold.

Remove from the oven. Working quickly, cut it into rectangles and prick it all over with a fork.

Return to the oven for 5 minutes or until the surface is lightly golden. Turn the oven off and, if safe to do so, leave the oven door slightly open.

Leave the shortbread to cool for at least 1 hour.

Beetroot and spinach tart witch chicken

Today is a day when I'm writing my first post on my Artisan blog:-). I feel a little stressed even now after 3 years of posting on my polish blog Pomysłowe Pieczenie   

I don't know yet what the blog will be about but I think I'll start with the recipe. In the future I would like to write about everything what relates to food and photography and also a little about my life.

Ok let's do it!

Beetroot and spinach tart witch chicken

For the shortbread base:

125 g unsalted butter

1 cup all all purpose flour

pinch of salt 

1 egg yolk 

Pulse flour and salt in a food processor to combine. Pulse in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal with pieces of butter still visible, about 20 pulses. Pulsing add an egg yolk, pulse until dough just holds together when squeezed (it should still be crumbly), about 10 pulses.

Turn out dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and use plastic to press into disks. Wrap and chill until firm, about 30 minutes. Roll the pastry, and line a buttered tin (21 cm) with the pastry. Put the tin in fridge or freezer for ½ hour. Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius 

Bake the tart-case for 15 mins, in a meanwhile prepare a filling

Do Ahead: Dough can be chilled 3 days ahead. Or, freeze up to 2 months.

For the filling:

2 eggs

1/2 cup of natural yogurt

2 tbs of mascarpone cheese 

3 tbs of grated cheddar cheese

2 tbs of sour cream

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbs of olive oil

1 organic chicken breast sliced

1/2 small onion chopped 

15g of spinach

15 g of beetroot leaves 

15 g of parsley

10 g of dill

1 garlic clove 

1 tbs olive oil

In a bowl combine eggs, yogurt, mascarpone cheese, cheddar, cream and salt, mix well and set aside.

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy skillet and add the onion. Cook, stirring often, add chicken and fry until tender and beginning to colour, about 8 minutes. Ready chicken set aside.

Roughly chop spinach, beetroot leaves, parsley and dill, add garlic and olive oil and mix well.

Put egg filling into the pre cooked tart base, evenly add the chicken and vegetables. Bake for about 30 mins until gold and set. Let cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.