Hexagons

Baking/cooking, Handful of Scraps

I was on a roll with basting hexies so I continued to do that yesterday instead of working on the borders of the propeller quilt.  I just didn’t feel much like working with the sewing machine for some reason.  Besides hexies I was finally trying out my fancy shortbread pan.

First the hexies – I had almost all that I needed when I snapped this  photo – I do not know if that stack of neutrals will be used in the border or not as I’m not really sure at this point what the border will entail!

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Handful of Scraps was laid out on the floor and work commenced to fill in the blank spots and take photos with the Ipad so I will know what I am doing – this idea of working with the Ipad has really worked out well – I wish I would have thought of taking photos earlier to go by for layout.

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I counted wrong of course – or maybe some pieces stuck together and so I ended up with too many basted.  Linking up to Esther’s Blog today.

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In the oven – the Classic Shortbread with one change – half the flour I used almond flour.  The recipe came in the booklet that came with the pan.  I thought it was on the King Arthur site but it isn’t.  Very easy recipe: 1/2 cup butter room temperature, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup of flour (I did a mix half and half regular flour and almond flour) cream the  butter, and add the ingredients, form a ball and pressed into a greased pan.  It said to use a fork and poke holes all over like this photo shows.  Bake at 325 for 35 minutes, take out and cool in pan for ten minutes then invert onto a cutting board or counter top and cut gently into 8 pieces.  It came out of the pan really easily – I did spray generously with Pam Spray.

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As my first attempt it turned out ok, but I didn’t press it hard enough into the pan for the design to form well (or the almond flour caused the print not to be impressed as much?).  Stacked on a plate after they cooled off and as you can see 2 pieces were eaten rather quickly before I took the photo

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Second attempt was Chocolate Shortbread.  The impression was a little better – but I guess I need to work at it to get it to really show up well. This recipe too I thought was on the King Arthur site but wasn’t  – 1/2 cup butter room temperature, 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup of flour.  Follow the same instructions as above.  I did press harder in to the pan this time but it probably could have been harder but it did turn out better.

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12 comments… add one
  • Ramona Mar 28, 2017

    Your hexies are coming along. How big are the individual hexies? Your shortbread is coming along, too. I’ve never used the forms before and imagine it does take some practice. There are some beautiful forms out there. Thanks for the recipes.
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  • Kathi Mar 28, 2017

    wow Karen… so excited that the center is almost done on your hexi quilt top 🙂 That is a fun looking shortbread pan… enjoy perfecting getting the images to show up but nice that they also cut themselves into 8 equal pieces too!!!
    Kathi
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  • Kathleen Mar 28, 2017

    You are making great progress on your hexies, looking beautiful. I know what you mean about not feeling like machine work. Your shortbread looked nice. I am going to have to try that but don’t have a pretty pan like you.
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  • Val Reynolds Mar 28, 2017

    Oh how I enjoyed your creative post today. Hexi’s everywhere!

  • Sandra B Mar 28, 2017

    Karen, it has been a while since I did a count on your hexies for Handful of Scraps….so I did a quick calculation this morning, since you had it posted with the whole top showing….I came up with 1,291… goodness, that’s a lot of hexies!!
    I have so enjoyed the journey on this quilt so far, and I am looking forward to following along as you continue!
    That shortbread looks delicious!

  • Dottie bishaw Mar 28, 2017

    Your hexie top is so pretty , almost altogether! I’ll take a piece of both of those luscious looking shortbread please. Did you get to do any planting yet, or is it still too wet? It’s been cloudy here all day, but rain coming tonight.

  • Vicki Mar 28, 2017

    The hexies are looking great!

  • Belarmina Mar 28, 2017

    Kren que entrada más dulce!!!
    me encantan los hexagonos
    el bollo me gusta….

  • Astrid Mar 28, 2017

    Great progress on your hexies. Beautiful quilt. Never made shortbread, looks yummy.
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  • Plum Cox Mar 29, 2017

    That shortbread sounds great – and the impression on the chocolate one shows up really well.
    Love the hexies! You can always make a companion piece (a bag? notebook cover?) with a hexie flower on it with your left overs.

  • Marsha Mar 29, 2017

    Still itchin to get back to stitchin my hexagons!
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  • Kristie Mar 29, 2017

    So this beautiful and I am wondering how you are going to finish this quilt off? I have taken on this same thing (my second quilt ever!!) and have no idea how to finish it off. If you wouldnt mind emailing me I would do love to pick your brain.

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