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Shortbreadpalooza has begun!

And many thanks to isabeau_lark for coining the term.

Since Bob's job ate the weekend and Charlotte became possessed by the spirit of "two," I didn't get my baking started.  So last night I came home, pulled out the Kitchen Aid, and went to work like I meant it.

Eight pounds of butter and about ten pounds of flour later (and about midnight) I had the first batch of shortbread done.  That covered the folks in legal that I like to bring cookies in for, and the boys and girls in the mailroom.  They work like dogs all year 'round, and they're always there when I need them.  A big tin of homemade cookies is the least I can do to express my appreciation.   It's funny - I've been giving away tins frantically for years, trying to get rid of them.  The one from the mailroom comes back every year like the swallows to Capistrano - all clean and scrubbed out.  Because, they tell me, they always hope that if they send it back empty and clean, it will come back full next year.  :-)

It's nice to be appreciated.

Tonight I'm going to do the batches that I'm going to put into interoffice mail.  A couple of guys in Security who did yeoman's work helping me set up a few really problematic campus tours without a peep about what a pain I was being.  My go-to IT guy who is my very own personal dedicated contact for Sharepoint - he's *always* there when we have a problem.  The ladies in our Travel department.  I'll just say that we make their lives hell, even though we try not to.  The two folks in PR who always come through when I say "can we have a tour for eight people from the state at 10:00am?  Um... tomorrow?"  The guy who used to be in charge of the mailroom until he went and got himself promoted, who is just one of my favorite people.  And Renee - just 'cause I like her.

It's a lot of work, and a late night, and a pain in the ass.  But these folks lubricate my day to day existence, and help me do my job better.  It's a pleasure to bake for them.

Some notes for myself:

The mailroom tin holds twelve pans.

The Splenda batch for Michele needs to bake for less time, but 13 minutes/rack is too little.  Try 14 next year.  The dough will be scant.  Add some starch (corn, arrowroot) to bulk it up?

A pound of butter a time in the Kitchen Aid is just about perfect.

The "British Isles" pan lacks definition.  Bake that one full length, or a titch longer.



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Dec. 21st, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
Hope everyone enjoys their shortbread; have fun cooking :)
Dec. 22nd, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
I've started to get the "thank you" emails. It's a bit of a pain to do, but always do much fun to have done!

Tonight I'll mix up all my other doughs and stash them in the fridge, and I'll bake them up over the next two days. Maybe I can get Bob to help stack them up after they've cooled. After all, the stacker gets to sample. :-)
Dec. 22nd, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
Anytime hon!

I'm just glad my shopping is finally done! Tomorrow is tree and the start of the cookies. Thursday and Friday will be more cookies and babka. Still way too much to do and getting sick seriously didn't help, but I may just make it yet.
Dec. 22nd, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
Shopping. I suppose there should be some shopping...
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