Thursday, 2 February 2012

Thrift Shop Shopping

I love a bargain, don't you?
I have a look in here at least once a week, and often find something I really need!
This week, I found this for the princely sum of $5.00.
Brown Bag Cookie Art shortbread dish, Hearts and flowers pattern, vintage 1988. Practically unused, but very dusty. I think it had been hanging on someone's wall.
I've always fancied one. And it makes great shortbread!

1-1/2 cup cake and pastry flour
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 lb butter
1/3 cup fine sugar

Spray pan lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
Mix all ingredients by hand until it looks like breadcrumbs, then squish the mixture into a big lump. (Yes, squish is approved baking terminology.)
Press the lump of dough into the shortbread mould.
Turn oven down to 325F and bake for 35 minutes. If the shortbread doesn't look quite cooked, leave it in for another 5 - 10 minutes, or keep peeking at it until you think it's done.
Let the pan cool for 10 minutes then hold pan upside down approximately 2" above a wooden board, and drop onto the board.
The shortcake should fall out of the pan. If you are really lucky it'll be in one piece! Cut the shortbread into wedges while it's still warm. If you wait until it's cold, it will crumble.


  1. I love shortbread. Nice find Shammi, petticoat tails are very pretty.!
    hugs ♥

  2. LOVELY "Find"....And all I can say is YUMMMMMM! I Love Shortbread....!

  3. What a great find in the charity shop. Must keep looking for one of those for the shortbread, I can smell it...yummy!

  4. We have pound shops and pound strecher shops here which I think will be similar to your thrift stores. I just love to browse and see what I can pick up. Would love a piece of shortbread.

  5. Perhaps those breads could make me feeling warm even outside these days :)
    Happy weekend to you, Fenella!
    Do not miss too much a real winter - we have it REALLY !

  6. Someone told me that you only form the shortbread in the pan, then bake it out of it. Do you think that would work? I have a similar one that I've never used.

  7. Oooh, it's not only practical, it's a piece of art too - I would love to hang that in my kitchen!

    Well found, you.

  8. Ou! Great bargain for that shortbread dish. I've acquired a few Brown Bag Cookie Art presses/dishes, smaller than this, and they started at $15 each, circa 1995-1998 i believe. Never used, most still in their boxes.

  9. And shortbread is sooo wonderful when it melts in your mouth,

  10. Pray tell, what did people use to oil shortbread forms before the invention of that diabolical spray? Or was all the butter in the recipe enough back in the day?

  11. PLEASE save some for me when you make it again. :) I LOVE finding stuff like this in those perfect stores that cater to us.

  12. What a terrific find Shammie. I really love shortbread. this would make delightful yummies I think.


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