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Lavender Shortbread

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Nov 27th, 2017




1 ½ cups flour

¾ cup cornstarch

Zest of 1 lemon

2 teaspoons lavender flowers, fresh or dried

1 cup powdered sugar

2 sticks unsalted butter

¼ cup sugar

1 teaspoon lavender flowers fresh or dried

1 shortbread pan (If you don’t have a shortbread pan you can roll out the dough ½-inch thick and use cookie cutters)



  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.


  1. 2 Sift the flour, cornstarch, lemon zest, lavender flowers and sugar into a large bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and rub the butter and flour mixture between your fingers until it starts to form a shaggy ball of dough.


  1. Lightly dust a shortbread pan with flour and press the paste into the pan. Trim off any excess and prick the top of the shortbread all over with a fork. This will help with cooking the shortbread evenly.


  1. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cut the shortbread into wedges, but only going of the way through. Sprinkle with granulated sugar and lavender flowers and place on a cooling wire to cool completely.
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Braided bread with Mini Eggs

Chatelaine | posted Thursday, Mar 24th, 2016

Prep: 45 minutes
Total time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Makes: 12 servings



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided (405 g)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, (50 g)
  • 8 g quick-rise yeast, (2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup warm milk, (125 g)
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature, divided (100 g)
  • 1 tsp salt, (6 g)
  • 2 tsp water
  • 32 Mini Egg chocolates



  1. COMBINE 1 cup flour with sugar and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Beat in warm milk, 1/3 cup warm water, butter, 1 egg and salt until combined. Beat in remaining 2 cups flour on medium until dough is smooth and pulls cleanly away from bottom and sides of bowl, 5 to 6 min. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and cover loosely with a damp kitchen towel. Let rest until dough is doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  2. LINE a large baking sheet with parchment. Turn dough out onto a very lightly floured surface. Divide into 6 equal portions. Keep under damp towel. Working with 1 piece at a time, divide into 3 smaller equal pieces. Roll each piece into an 8-in.-long rope. Arrange 3 ropes side-by-side. Braid dough, then pinch each end to secure and tuck underneath loaf. Repeat with remaining dough. Transfer to prepared sheet. Cover loosely with damp kitchen towel and let rest for 1 more hour.
  3. PREHEAT oven to 350F. Whisk remaining egg with 2 tsp water in a small bowl. Brush over tops of dough.
  4. BAKE in centre of oven until deep golden, 20 min. Remove from oven and immediately tuck candies in and around braids. Let stand for 10 min. Serve warm with butter.
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