Good Eatin’ – Cubeb Pepper Shortbread

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img_3817Food item: Cubeb Pepper

This is is the latest in a series of me trying to cross off the remaining spices that can be easily bought in UK supermarkets (ok I got this from Waitrose, but that still counts as a UK supermarket).

There were a number of recipes to use the cubeb pepper with, but I saw one for cubeb shortbread and figured that it would be a good way to show off the flavour rather than have it just be dominated by other things.

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So here are the cubeb pepper shortbreads (recipe here) when they came out of the oven. Once again, I managed to make something that tasted nice, but looked malformed.

This was the first time that I have actually managed to make shortbread that actually smelt, felt and tasted like shortbread! You gotta love the little victories in life.

Now, this did not taste like normal shortbread because of all the cubeb pepper. In fact the cubeb pepper gave it a warm woody taste which was like a mixture of black pepper and allspice. I would happily make these again, but I might reduce the amount of pepper so it tastes that bit sweeter.

img_3814Food item: Soft Caramel

Okay so I randomly had a piece of soft caramel and didn’t feel that it warranted a post of its own. It’s just a standard piece of chewy caramel, which probably should have been crossed off a little bit earlier. Still, I’ve crossed it off now and that’s what matters.

Progress: 574/751

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