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Shortbread Crust

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Category: Desserts

 Ingredients List

  • 1 1/2 c Unbleached Flour; Sifted
  • Sugar; Granulated, *
  • 1 Egg; Large, Separated, **
  • 1/2 c Butter; Softened, ***


* Use from 1/4 to 1/3 cup of granulated sugar. (To Taste.) ** Separate
the large egg and lightly beat the yolk. *** Use only sweet cream, unsalted
butter in this recipe. NO MARGARINE.
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Working on a large flat surface, such as a pastry board, place the flour
and the sugar in the center of the surface and mix together. Form a small
depression or well in the center of the mound. Add the beaten egg yolk and
the softened butter to the well, ten blend these with the dry mixture. Mix
the ingredients thoroughly using your hands there's no substitute for
warm hands. Shape the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for
at least 10 minutes. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/4-inch.
You should have a circle of about 11 inches in diameter.
For best results, roll out your dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper,
then peel away the paper and cut the crust in a 9-inch circle. Place the
circle inside a 9-inch springform pan. Prick the crust several times with a
fork to keep the crust from puffing up during the baking. Place the
springform pan in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until light
brown. Allow to cool. Using the leftover dough, line the sides of the
springform pan. Press the dough against the sides of the pan, smoothing it
so as to have a continuous layer of crust all the way around the sides of
the pan. Make sure that the side crust meets the bottom crust all the way
around. Brush the reserved egg white onto the shell, covering the bottom
and sides. This will seal the dough and keep it from becoming soggy. Set
aside until ready to use. NOTE: For the Italian Cheesecake, add 1 ts of
grated lemon rind and 1 ts of Amaretto Liqueur when adding the egg yolk and

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