Orange-Polenta Shortbread Recipe

I love shortbread. I love polenta, and I love citrus. So I pretty much knew these sweet golden biscuits were going to be a hit. I was looking for an easy recipe to do before I left on my trip to Eastern Tennessee, and this was great because I had everything already in my kitchen -- a handful of ingredients including: cornmeal, an egg, an orange, butter, flour and sugar.

The only strange thing I ran into with this recipe is that I ended up using significantly more flour (almost double) than the recipe called for to be able to knead the dough and roll it out. No worries, I just did what I had to do, and kept going.

If you have this book, try this recipe-let me know if you also run into flour trouble. Other than that, they were a big hit, lightly browned on the bottom, tender and citrusy inside. Needless to say, none survived the night. this might be my favorite cookie recipe so far this year.


In some of the early entries on this site I didn't request permission to run the recipe I was writing about from the publisher so it won't appear here. The majority of entries on 101 Cookbooks will have the recipes attached, this just happens to be one of the ones that doesn't.

From: The San Francisco Chronicle Cookbook Volume II

Page: 430

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October 15, 2003

Hi Heidi!

This recipe sounds fantastic. Would it be at all possible, when you get a chance, to post the amount of ingredients it called for and the oven temp / baking time? The rest I can sort of figure out!

BTW, I love your food pics, they look great.

Thanks a lot!



October 28, 2003

Have you seen the new feature on Amazon where you can search by any text? I used this recipe as a test and by putting the title "orange-polenta shortbread" in quotes, the search took me to the page of the cookbook and the recipe. So in effect any recipe in any book that Amazon sells is now accessable. I can see why publishers are up in arms but it is awfully convenient if you want to look something up.


October 29, 2003

Oh really??? Maybe I can link directly in now. I'll look into it. -h