I think I'll stick to the butter, thank you, and serve it proudly along with olive oil, coconut oil and other oils made from things found in nature and not in some laboratory.
Another Butter that got a bad rap was the movie starring Ty Burrell, Ashley Green, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Wilde, Yara Shahidi and others. The critics were not crazy about this movie but, like the manufacturer's who make margarine...I take their opinions with a grain of salt.
I love butter...the food and I liked Butter....the movie. It was hokey but it was also touching. It is the story of butter carving at the Iowa State Fair but it is also the story of a rocky marriage, of placing winning above people, of a young orphan girl who not only finds a family who loves her but also finds that there are things at which she excels. I enjoyed it. I laughed and I cried. I would not have gone to the theater to see this movie nor would I buy the dvd but I would stop channel surfing for it.
There was food in the movie....butter, of course, and fair fare along with a pretty nice looking roasted chicken. But when you are assigned a movie to watch with only one word in the title and that word is Butter...I kind of think you should create a recipe using butter. I almost just made butter but my friend Amy of Amy's Cooking Adventures beat me to it.
I thought about making honey butter and combining this post with my Cook the Books post but then decided I wanted to make something different for Cook the Books.
Hmmm....garlic butter maybe? Butter cookies? Buttered Popcorn? Buttery, gooey caramel? What to do, what to do??
I normally use Land of Lakes butter around here so I went to their website to see what they had to say. They had a lot to say. Many, many wonderful recipes. And then I saw this one for Gooey Shortbread Bars. I had to make it...it had the words Gooey and Shortbread in the title!
You line the baking pan with foil.
I then just lifted the foil out to allow it to cool completely.
I had originally thought to cut the bars into shapes so as to mimic the carving in the movie.
I decided that was too much work and was going to lead to waste.
These little morsels are MUCH to tender and delicious to waste!!
Gooey Butter Shortbread Bars
very slightly adapted from Landolakes.com
For the Crust:
1 c, flour
1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
1/3 c. powdered sugar
For the Topping:
2 T. light corn syrup
1 T. water
1 t. vanilla
6 T. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
1 c. + 2 T. flour
Heat oven to 350*. Line an 8" square baking pan with aluminum foil and then spray the foil with cooking spray.
Combine the crust ingredients in a bowl and beat at medium speed until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press evenly into bottom of foil lined pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
Combine syrup, water and vanilla in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
Place 6 T. of butter and sugar in a med. bowl and beat until well mixed. Alternate adding flour and syrup mixture beating after each addition. Spread over crust and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and lift foil out of the pan. Let cool completely before cutting into 24 bars. Print Recipe
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