Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hungarian Shortbread with Lakkahillo

Welcome to Tuesdays with Dorie! TWD happens twice per month and over 300 bloggers join in baking up some of the fabulous recipes from that TV series hosted by Julia Child that we all know and love (and still watch!?)

This week's recipe is Hungarian Shortbread and with a new gluten-free roommate, I chose to make mine sans gluten. In addition to that I didn't go the traditional rhubarb filling route but used some of my favorite jam from Finland; Lakkahillo! Am I mixing too many traditions here? I think not! You see, one of my first international performance experiences was to a music festival in Hungary, where many of my closest friends formed one of the chamber orchestras I am now apart of. In addition to that, G and I began dating in Hungary! That chamber orchestra also toured to Finland, where G and I spent our first anniversary thanks to our incredible friends and family. It may seem silly to put memories like this into a recipe but I just think it's super meaningful and full of quite a bit of love.

Lakkahillo is an incredible cloud berry jam that is so flavorful and not too sweet, which is definitely a perk in our country where store-bought jam is so very sugary. Seeing as I've had that jar in my fridge for a year or more, trying to savor it slowly, I figured it was finally time to finish it off (pun intended.)

These little bars are a fantastic treat and remind me very much of the texture of lemon bars, which I love.  Made with your favorite jam, these come together in a jiff and with little mess if you follow the instructions to freeze the dough for a little while before grating into your dish.

Gluten-Free Hungarian Shortbread
serves 12

Trying not to eat too many baked goods these days, I halved the recipe. It would also do well with less sugar!!

2 sticks of butter, salted, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup corn starch
1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup flax seed, ground
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp xantham gum
1/2 cup (or a little more) of jam
powdered sugar for sprinkling

- With a stand mixer, whip butter until smooth. Add sugar and yolks and beat until light and fluffy. Mix dry ingredients together. Combine all to incorporate. Divide dough into halves, wrap with plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes or more.
- Remove dough from freezer and preheat your oven to 350. With a block grater, grate half of the dough onto a plate. Sprinkle into a cake pan or a 7x9. Don't press, just spread gently to reach corners of the pan. Top with jam. Grate remaining dough and sprinkle on top. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar and cool to room temperature.


  1. yup.. it could do with lesser sugar and butter!! brown rice flour.. i always like seeing what people substitute for flour!! as for the cloudberry jam.. i wish i could taste it... with all this fusion.. it all sounds so exotic!!

  2. Substituting brown rice flour for the AP flour in this recipe sounds intriguing to me. I have actually seen it quite a few times at the organic food store but I never know what to use it for. I should try it out some day.

    As far as the cloudberry jam goes, that I have tasted, I like it too. It is nice and tart and I am sure pairs well with the shortbread dough. By the way, in my humble opinion, one can never be "too international"...and this recipe calls out for some modifications.

    I love the story " behind your cookie/shortbread" - thanks for sharing it !

    Enjoy the rest of the week!

  3. Yum! My family is Norwegian, so those Scandinavian flavors quickly come to mind when I "customize" baked good. (I add cardamom to so many things!) :)

  4. This recipe sounds so interesting! I love the idea of the rice flour…Perfectly beautiful shortbread! Happy May Day!

  5. Lakkahillo sounds absolutely lovely! I would love to try your gluten-free shortbread :)

  6. To me, memories and recipes are usually intertwined, so I think it's perfect to share them. The Lakkahillo sounds intriguing. I'll have to look for that. Your bars look delicious, and it's so nice of you to adapt these for your gluten-free roommate.

  7. Memories and food go hand-in-hand in my book. Lovely story. Your recipe sounds interesting and what a thoughtful roommate you are. Love the orange plate.

  8. Your photos are lovely, Anna, and I am glad that making these brought back such sweet memories for you. The jam you used sounds so delicious.

  9. These things taste much more unhealthy than they actually are, I'm sure. I could eat these all day! : )

  10. What a grea blog!!! Looks like you did a great job with the shortbread being gluten-free!! This blogger usually makes the recipes for TWD both normal and gluten-free: aroundsomethingelse.blogspot.com

  11. Cloudberry jam sounds like a fab choice - cloudberries are so exotic to me because I am absolutely sure we don't grow them in Australia.

  12. What do cloudberries taste like? I bet I would like them. Sorry to hear that your roommate has to go gluten-free. It looks like the substitution was successful.

  13. Hi! Gluten-free recipes are just as good as normal ones (if you find the good recipes.) PS My running shoes are Newtons. :)

  14. Gluten free and with an exotic jam??? You did a fabulous job with this recipe...beautiful, too!

  15. I really enjoyed reading your substitutions - especially making it gluten free. And the jam sounds very intriguing.
    Great job & thanks for baking along this week.

  16. Nice that this worked so well gluten-free. I may have to make a batch that way for an event that's coming up this weekend. Thanks!