Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Buddha's Hand-Cranberry Shortbread #CranberryWeek


I'm excited to be sharing this recipe as part of Cranberry Week - now in its third year! See all the tasty cranberry recipes being shared today below and follow #CranberryWeek on social media for more ideas all week long.


Buddha's Hand

Buddha's Hand resembles something that might have surfaced from the benthic zone or something that should be entombed in a jar of formaldehyde in a collector's basement. 


But it's a wildly gorgeous citrus fruit that has no juice and no pulp; it's used strictly for the pith and rind. And the scent...it's an alluring blend of citrus and rose. We love it! When I saw this at the market yesterday, I immediately grabbed up four of them. Two other shoppers stopped me in the store: What do you do with that? 



We play with them. No, really. So many things...but I have cookies in mind for these lovelies, I said.

If you're lucky enough to find them, select a fruit that is fragrant, firm, and bright with plump fingers. Avoid Buddha's Hand with shriveled or browned fingers.

Ingredients
  • 10 T butter
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 2 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 t Buddha's Hand zest
  • 2 T chopped dried cranberries
  • 1-3/4 C flour
  • granulated sugar, for rolling and sprinkling

Procedure

Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in vanilla extract, maple syrup, and Buddha's Hand zest until well combined. Beat in the egg, then carefully fold in the flour and dried cranberries.

Roll the dough into a long cylinder. Put the dough in plastic wrap and chill for about an hour, until the dough is firm enough to slice.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough cylinder widthwise into 1/4" slices and place, slightly apart, on the baking sheets. 



Sprinkle with sugar and and bake for 16 to 18 minutes until slightly browned. 



Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

2 comments:

  1. I have never tried buddha's hand. Does it impart a citrus flavor? Shortbread is one of my favorites and these are making my mouth water.

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    1. Fabulously citrusy with a hint of floral. We love it!

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