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    Question:Quick- Shortbread- Fingers

    kathill1973
    Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:29 am
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    Quick Shortbread Fingers

    I've made this today but why does my mix not firm up I've kneaded it for ages and it just crumbles everytime
    DrGaellon
    Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:36 am
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    The moisture content of flour can vary from day to day, from season to season, and from batch to batch - as can the water content of butter. If it's dry and crumbly and won't form a ball, then you may need to add a tiny bit of ice water. However, if you've been kneading it a long time, you've already activated the gluten, and your cookies will be tough. I'd toss that batch, and start over. If it doesn't come together easily, add a half-teaspoon of ice-cold water at a time until it does come together.
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:38 am
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    I am not a huge baker but it seems odd to me that the butter and sugar are not creamed together first before adding the flour.

    Also, did you sift the flour? Maybe you compacted it too tightly into your measuring cup and in effect used to much flour.
    Chocolatl
    Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:20 pm
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    Shortbread dough normally is slightly crumbly, but I agree that if you've been kneading a while, the dough is probably ruined.
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