I’m not even sure what that means … the headline, that is! Pale what? That was yesterday’s writing prompt from WordPress.
When was the last time you did something completely new and out of your element? How was it? Will you do it again?
I can’t think of anything I’ve done that was so new, but one time, each year, I do something out of my element. I bake! Little cookies, for Christmas. Vanilla Horns, they’re called, in a straight translation from Swedish.
The first time must have been Christmas of 2004. That was also when I came to the realisation that I couldn’t find “vanilla sugar” here. I don’t think it exists in North America. If anyone knows differently, please enlighten me!
I might have skipped that year, but the following year, I’d met a fellow Swede who had recently been home and bought a few packages and gave one to me. You don’t need all that much of it, so that lasted for some time. 2011 I went to Sweden, myself, and made sure to buy a few. It’s just some, very fine, sugar with vanilla already in it! It’s very convenient.
Anyway, each time I’m in the process of making them, I ask myself «WHY???!!». It’s kind of difficult [for me] to make the dough hold together, but afterwards I’m just as pleased every time! 🙂
3 cups flour
1 lb butter
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
powdered sugar, for dusting
- Cream butter and sugar together. Add vanilla. Add the flour slowly until you can shape the dough with your hands. You may find it necessary to add a little more flour. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
- Shape approximately 1 1/2 – 2 T dough into crescent moon shapes. Bake at 350 degrees on ungreased baking sheets for about 15 minutes, until light tan. Remove from oven, cool slightly and roll in powdered sugar to coat.
I will make them again!
PS: I checked out “beyond the pale»