Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Lemon and Basil/Sweet and Savory


Sweet Lemon and Savory Basil Slice and Bakes are often in the freezer for those unexpected noshes. They're easy to make and a roll in the freezer is like money in the bank.

They're what my mother called "Icebox cookies" -- which would date back to the time that you cooled foods by big chunks of ice rather than electricity. We always called our big cooling box an "ice box" rather than a refrigerator or fridge.



The basil ones start with pesto and with the addition of Parmesan cheese and pine nuts, they are a great savory cookie. Better with an appertif than a cup of afternoon tea. But a nice nosh to take the edge off of hunger before dinner.


And although there are a long list of ingredients, they do go together easily and you can easily make a double batch, bake one now and have two rolls for the freezer.




Wrapped in parchment, tied with string, they're ready for the freezer. A quick "lemon" or "basil" written on the parchment is foolproof in insuring that you will not accidentally pull the wrong log from the freezer.


The lemon ones are a great tea cookie. And it is nice to be able to cut off a few slices for when you want a bit of a nosh with afternoon tea or a few more if company is coming. They're lemony and crisp and perfect for tea!

These great cookies were found in the latest issue of Relish (the free cooking magazine that we get a couple of times a month in our Saturday newspaper).

Savory Basil Slice-and-Bakes

2 cups flour
1/2 t. coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 t. cayenne
1/2 t. salt
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup butter
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 c. prepared pesto
1/4 c. fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1 cup pinea nuts
Kosher salt

Sift together flour, peppers and salt. Stir in cheese.

Combine butter and cream cheese, using a mixer, beat until well combined. Add pesto and mix well.

Add flour mixture, basil leaves and nuts. Mix well.

Divide dough in half and roll into logs 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Roll each log in kosher salt. Wrap in parchment paper and chill until firm. If baking later, freeze shaped dough and defrost slightly before baking.

Preheat oven to 350.

Slice dough 1/4 inch thick. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until edges are golden. Transfer to a wire rack. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to a week or freeze up to a month. Makes 6 dozen.

Lemon Slice-And-Bakes

1 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups cake flour
finely grated rind of 3 lemons
powdered sugar

In a large bowl, beat butter well. Add sugar gradually and beat well.

Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add rind; mix well.

Divide dough in half and roll into logs about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Roll each log in powdered sugar. Wrap in waxed paper and chill until firm. If baking later, freeze shaped dough and defrost slightly before baking.

Preheat oven to 300.

Slice dough 1/4 inch thick. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 30 minutes or until edges are golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Stor in an airtight container i the refrigerator up to a week or freeze up to a month. Makes 3 dozen.








12 comments:

Pondside said...

I like a savory biscuit, so I'll probably give these a try. I like the idea of biscuits in the freezer being like money in the bank!

La Table De Nana said...

I do too enjoy a savory biscuit and I particularly like the wrapping:) One of each plse:)

Anonymous said...

These remind me of a simpler time in my own life when slice and bakes were in my fridge (usually a gingersnap molasses log). Thank you for the post.

Vanessa

Susan said...

Love, love these recipes. Can't wait to start mixing the dough.

Karen said...

These look delicious. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog -- I love yours and I'm going to bookmark it! You have a warm and lovely home.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

These sound wonderful! I enjoy that magazine section in the paper too but I haven't seen it for a while.

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

These both sound delicious and I think keeping them in the freezer is a great idea. I made your Tennessee Tipsy Cake and it was excellent, even though I left it in the oven a bit too long. At the end of the cooking time, it seemed a little less than done. I'll do better next time... and there will be a next time!

Charm and Grace said...

Thanks so much for the recipes. I have copied them to my recipe folder. My grandmother used to make the best slice and bake cookies... buttery shortbread-like cookies with chopped pecans. Before raw eggs were an issue I would eat the raw dough out of the refrigerator. LOL. Wouldn't do that now, but I need to see if I can find that recipe.

Blessings,
Christi

katrina said...

Oh, Martha - I love these! Such a great idea to stash them in the freezer for last minute tea tray goodies or gift baskets. Love it.

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Denise Knight said...

Thank you, Martha!!