I love – and I do mean love – fennel pollen. It’s the equivalent of culinary fairy dust, as far as I’m concerned. A light sprinkling of this adds a licorice zing and a honey sweetness to anything it touches.
I was originally inspired to put fennel pollen in shortbreads when I received a packet of Botanical Garden's cookies in my November Petit Amuse Sampler box. I started off with my prize-winning Mint Tea Shortbreads, then I found a recipe on the FoodShed blog, incorporating both the cornmeal and sea salt from that recipe.
10 T butter
2 T ouzo
1/4 C finely ground cornmeal
sea salt, for topping
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in fennel pollen and lemon zest until well combined. Beat in the egg, then carefully fold in the flour.
Roll the dough into a long cylinder. Flatten the cylinder into a rectangular shape, pressing granulated sugar and more fennel into the sides. Put the dough in plastic wrap and chill for about an hour, until the dough is firm enough to slice.
This was such a fun project...and for such a great cause. I will definitely participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013! Be a good cookie and join the fun next year.
Here's a special message from the Cookies for Kids' Cancer team:
Funny stories and Feedback:
I was assigned to ship to Amishi, of Naive Cook Cooks, and she was assigned to ship to me! Her cookies were lovely. And this is what she emailed to me - "Dearest Camilla, Yes, I received yours and I must tell you that they were delicious!!! My husband loved them and we finished them in no time." Hooray.
Amber, of Bluebonnets & Brownies, tweeted, "...hubs says BEST SHORTBREAD EVER. He loves licorice." Sweet. It didn't even occur to me - in my fennel pollen intoxication - that some people might not like licorice. Whoops. Glad they do.
And, as if the first coincidence with Amishi weren't strange enough, I was assigned to ship to Kathy, of The Cheap Gourmet, and she was also assigned to ship to me! Her potato chip cookies were unexpected, crisp, and delightful and arrived just in time. She tweeted, "Received and devoured Boozy Salted Fennel Pollen Shortbread. You had me at Ouzo! Thank you and happy holidays." Me, too. Ouzo makes me weak in the knees...in a good way.