I’ve been putting off this post for quite sometime. I made these biscuits to celebrate the life of my dog, Shao-Lin, who passed away 40 days ago but it’s still difficult for me to talk about him. He was so special and beloved! Although he was no saint everybody was fond of him – even the people he bit 😛 I’ve had other dogs – I still have one – and a big part of my life is dedicated to dogs so I can honestly say that Shao-Lin was one of a kind: amazingly intelligent and deeply sensitive and loving (e.g. whenever I cried ‘ouch!’ he would stop whatever he was doing and come running and lick my face). And above all he was a fighter. His medical record begins with pneumonia when he was 3 months old and ends up with chronic renal failure, which he fought for over two years after enduring four sessions of haemodialysis – he went from 37lb to 26lb in less than a month! When he was 5, the vet said: ‘if he had other owners, he would have already died!’. But no, he was not an anaemic frail dog. Quite the opposite: he was extremely vivacious until his last two weeks! He loved running after pigeons (his deadly enemies), doing tricks and cavorting. And walking. There was nothing he loved doing more than walking – I sometimes called him Johnnie Walker 🙂 My house, once full of joy and sound, now feels empty and quiet. I cannot begin to describe how much I miss him, not one day goes by that I don’t think of him. Sorry, I didn’t mean to get so gloomy. Anyways, on with the recipe!
PAW PRINT SHORTBREAD
200g unsalted butter, cold and diced
90g potato flour
100g semi-sweet/milk chocolate, melted
Preheat oven to 200°C and line 2 baking trays with parchment.
Mix all the ingredients with your hands and shape as desired. Bake for about 18 minutes or until the edges start to turn pale golden. Leave them to cool on a wire rack.
Put the melted chocolate in a piping bag (preferably a disposable one!) and draw the pattern of your choice.
NOTES: I had never used piping bags with chocolate so I fitted mine with a nozzle (Wilton’s #3). Big mistake. Huge mistake! It was a nasty job to clean it.
I don’t see many people using potato flour but it gives a nice flavour to this shortbread and makes for crispier biscuits. You could use cornflour instead but, if you decide to buy it, I’ll soon be posting a GF biscuit made with potato flour (400g). Also, bread made with potato flour is softer, moister and easier to shape. Give it a try 🙂
You can roll the dough into balls but I chose to pat it down (it kept sticking to the rolling pin and I didn’t want to add flour) and cut 4cm circles. I would’ve gotten about 50 biscuits but I cut two fairly large dogs too 😛