Amazingly Generous

DSC00759.JPGWow – you all are amazingly generous. The Loopy Q2 Challenge hats and mitts just keep rolling in and I’m even having a hard time keeping up with it! Look at all of the beautiful knitting you have done! DSC00757.JPGAs of today, we have 16 pairs of fingerless mitts and 24 hats for Luba’s girls, and we have 61 hats for the babies in the orphanage. We are taking these donated items until the end of June (or really,

about July 10th) and then I will ship these boxes of love right off to the recipients. DSC00758.JPGI wish I could be there when they open them up. I wish I could see all of the smiling babies with their wonderful hats on, and Luba’s girls with their warm hands and heads next winter, in their cold school setting. Thank you all for what you have done on this challenge. I know there are still more in the works and more in the mail and they will truly be appreciated.

Speaking of truly appreciated, look at what my wonderful coffee swap partner sent me a couple of weeks ago! This box arrived one day and I took it to The Loopy Room to open. College Guy and Susan were in there packing orders. I opened it up and Susan and I took one look at the biscotti and said, “YUM!” and we immediately both ate one. College Guy looked horrified and said, “You don’t even KNOW that person!” and Susan and I said together, “She’s a knitter!” Enough said. And Theresa, being the generous gal that she is, even agreed to share her recipes for the biscotti. So here you go:

DSC00723.JPG Chocolate Espresso Shortbread (adapted from The Good Cookie by Tish Boyle)

2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cake flour
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
9 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder

Preheat oven to 300F, with the rack in the lower third of the oven.

Whisk the flours and cocoa powder together into a medium bowl and set aside. In the blow of an electric mixer (with the paddle attachment), beat the butter, sugar, espresso powder, and salt at medium-low speed until welll blended (don’t overbeat). At low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions, mixing just until the dough is no longer crumbly.

Line the bottom of a 9-inch round cake pan with parchment paper, cut to fit. Press the dough evenly and firmly into the cake pan. Press the back of the times of a fork all around the edges to make a decorative border. Bake the shortbread for 35 to 40 minutes, until it is no longer shiny and is set. Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes. Using a knife, cut the warm round into wedges.

Makes about 12 large wedges.

Lavender Shortbread (adapted from The Herbfarm Cookbook by Jerry Traunfeld)

8 ounces unsalted butter, chilled
4 teaspoons fresh lavender buds, or 2 teaspoons dried
1/2 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup rice flour

Place the lavender buds in a food processor with the sugar. Grind until the lavender is quite fine. Don’t open the lid immediately. There will be lots of powdery sugar dust, so wait at least five minutes for it to settle.

Transfer the sugar mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with a paddle, and add the butter. Beat on low speed until the mixture is smooth and there are no detectable lumps of butter. Do not beat until fluffy. Add all the flours at once and continue to mix on low speed, just until it forms a cohesive dough.

Line a 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper. Press the dough firmly into the pan, making sure to fill it evenly. Place the cookie in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 300F. You want to bake the cookie until it is just golden brown. Check it after 30 minutes, but it probably will need longer. If it does, I tend to take a peek through the window every five minutes. Remember, if you are going to be checking often, don’t open the oven door or you will loose all your heat!

When done, allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from the pan and cutting. Do cut them before they cool completely, since they are softer when warm.

Note: If you want just plain butter shortbread, omit the lavender and just use unadulterated sugar.

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26 comments on “Amazingly Generous

  1. WOW! Knitters are the most generous people I know!! THANK YOU to all who have knit hats and fingerless gloves for Luba’s girls. They will mean the world to them, I can tell you that already!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. “She’s a knitter!” Isn’t it funny how we have this intrinsic trust in one another? Everyone is different, but there’s this understood commonality. I like it!

  3. I just met a “knitter” this past weekend. I had a blast. That looks like you received some Blue Moon there to me. What color it sure is pretty?

  4. My hats and gloves…. still have ends hanging everywhere. But there are four pairs of gloves and a hat. About half of what I wanted to have done, but genetics ate my brain. Stupid DNA. I also still have a third of a ball of yarn I think I should turn into a hat…. since Scary Summer Classes continue until June 29th, would it be ok if they made it in the mail the first week of July?

  5. Wheee! Thank you! I just had the yummiest lavender pound cake, which I’d never had before, at the Victoria Knit-Out/Fiber Festival, and now I can try my shortbread!

    (And what a good use for the entire POUND of lavender buds I have left over from my wedding.)

  6. Oooh, I’m coming to visit on Tuesday. =) (Would you say 141 would be the best way since the exit from 270 is closed?) I’ve got some baby hats to drop off, and maybe I’ll get some fingerless mittens finished too.

    I want some biscotti now, too!

  7. Go Loopy Knitters, Go!
    “She’s A Knitter” Oh I love that comment…..it says it all.
    Oh how you tempt me with the lovely yarns…lol. I’ve already gave in to temptation with the YP sock club….I really have to be good now. :)

  8. “She’s a knitter.” Wonderful! I think that’s our slogan!

    I’m glad you’re extending the date to receive the hats and mitts—I just sent some off to you, and normally outgoing mail is processed more quickly than incoming mail, so they should reach you before the deadline, but having a bit of leeway doesn’t hurt.

    Another big sneak up? Can’t wait!

  9. Might I enquire, what host sight do you use? Do you upload your website from your own server or something? I want to start my own knitterly bloggage and I can’t seem to find a sight that is suitable to host it on.

  10. Sheri,

    What is the beautiful blue yarn you received in your care package? I must have some! Any hints on what the next Loopi Challenge is going to be? It’s too late for me to join this one so I would like to get prepared for the next one.

  11. ok, first of all, where do i get a coffee swap pal!?!? and why didn’t i know there was such a thing?!!

    and then second, where do i learn more about the Q2 challenge? I’ve only been addicted to the loopy ewe for a short time and i need to know the source of such goodness and how i can help spread it! :)

  12. Chocolate Espresso Shortbread…sounds right up my alley! Now if I can just get out of this ER long enough to bake…I’ve had a LOT of very busy shifts in the last week. Actually, I’m in the ER now, but for some odd reason it’s very s..l..o..w…so what am I doing??? Surfing the Loopy Blog, and knitting! My Panda socks are coming right along…just about ready to start gussetting!

    What’s this about the exit from 270 being closed? James and I are going to visit tomorrow…so tell me the scoop on how to get there! I have another hat done, and one still in the works which I will try to finish before I disappear on vacation! Taking lots of sock projects with me (it’s a long drive…about 13 hours). Why is it I tend to see time in terms of “rows per mile”??

    See you tomorrow!

  13. Rows per mile…I LOVE that guage (pun intended!). I got a little loopy card with my last order and can’t wait to show Loopy around Maine. We’ll get to the ocean for sure (I’m there every night with my dogs) and one in front of Bush’s compound (we’ll see how close we can get before the Secret Service heads out to intercept(…ooooh better get this done before Putin comes!) and who knows what else we’ll get into … maybe a lobster boat?

    I love taking my knitting on vacation with me and we’re off to Moosehead Lake for a week in july. The only hard part is how to decide WHAT to bring…what will I feel like knitting???

  14. Cool stuff! Not much knitting accomplished by me lately though hard to say why. It seems like my fingers are moving but nothing is happening.

    I got my Ravelry invite finally and it is fuuuuuun! Got some work to do there though to get my info catalogued. Sheri- I plugged the Maruca bags – and listed http://www.theloopyewe.com – on a forum about favorite bags. It is defnitely one of my favs! It is my grab it and go on-the-go bag now.

  15. I have a pair of fingerless gloves to send you! Would you please tell me your address? I recycled my last loopy ewe box so don’t have a return label to read it off of. Thanks! :)

  16. My aunt (my Dad’s sister) used to really like and respect ladies who could knit or crochet or quilt, etc, well. Actually, a good amount of her opinion of people was based on whether or not they could do those things! Fortunately, I could knit & crochet well back then, but I had not yet learned to quilt back then. She was a wonderful cook! She made the best fried chicken, best creamed fresh peas, and mashed potatoes & gravy, etc, that I have ever had. I always loved to eat at her house. She did have one secret, though–the chickens were fresh from her hen house, the peas were fresh from her garden on her farm, etc. :-) Come to think of it, I don’t remember ever seeingg any needlework that she might have done. I don’t think she had time for needlework, when she was working on the farm, tending her garden, and doing all of her church board meeting stuff, etc, which made her appreciate the needlework of others all the more!

    Ok, now I’m making myself hungry. I think I need to go to our local farm market here on Wednesday (it’s only open on Wed & Sat mornings). I won’t find totally fresh chickens there, but I might find fresh peas and fresh strawberries, etc! And, Sheri, my aunt lived in NW Iowa (where the rest of our relatives lived).

  17. Sheri,

    I am almost done with my hat and I also have a pair of baby socks to match for the orphanage. Please let me know where to send them.

  18. Ooh, Sheri, one other thing…

    I love what College Guy has done with the website. All the new features are great! But I was wondering, where’s the little “insufficient quantities” notice that pops up when you try to add yarn to your basket that isn’t in stock in those quantities? Has it gone away or is there a glitch? Also, does the site still tell you when things that you have in your shopping cart have gone out of stock before you’ve checked out? Cos I loved those features! Just checking!

    Thanks!