3.18.2012

Jasmine Shortbread Sandwiches with Grapefruit Curd


These were seriously fabulous. The jasmine tea flavor is definitely there, but delicate. The grapefruit curd? You'll want it on everything! Only a teaspoon goes in the shortbread sandwich because if you put on more, it will ooze out when you bite into it. On some, I just took one cookie and spread the curd on it and ate it open faced. But for company, you'll like the tea sandwich look of these cookies.

I'll be making these again; you guessed it.....for my Garden Club group.

Jasmine Shortbread Sandwiches with Grapefruit Curd
From Martha Stewart Living, March 2012 issue


Ingredients:
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
Coarse salt
2 tablespoons finely ground organic jasmine tea
Fine sanding sugar
1/3 cup Grapefruit Curd (recipe follows)

Method:
In an electric mixer, beat together the butter and confectioners sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Add flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the tea. Beat on low speed until just combined. Do not overmix. Form the dough into two disks, wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate an hour or up to overnight.

Preheat oven to 325. Roll out a disk between two sheets of parchment paper until it is 1/8 inch thick. Put in the freezer for 10 minutes.
With a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter, cut out squares. Then, with a knife, cut the squares in half.  Gently press one side in sanding sugar and bake sugar side up on parchment paper for 16 to 18 minutes or until pale gold. Cool on a rack.

Place 1 generous teaspoon of the grapefruit curd on the unsugared side and sandwich the cookie with the other half.

Grapefruit Curd

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit juice (this is about 2 grapefruit) plus 3 tablespoons of grapefruit zest
3 large eggs plus 3 large egg yolks
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
Coarse salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Method:
Bring grapefruit juice to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer until juice is reduced by half. Let cool.
Whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, zest and a pinch of salt in a double boiler over simmering water. Cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 6-7 minutes. Remove from heat and add butter, piece by piece. Pour mixture through a fine sieve, set over ice water and stir until cool or refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours and up to 2 days. This makes two cups of curd, way more than you will need for the cookies, so you can reduce the recipe accordingly.

45 comments:

  1. Grapefruit curd sounds amazing - I never would have thought of a combination like this! Always love tea treats with lots of flavor.

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  2. Being a citrus junkie I've been dying to try grapefruit curd. For some reason I thought it wouldn't work because you don't see recipes for it very often. So glad you shared these, they couldn't be more perfect for your Garden Club.

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  3. I have a weakness for citrus and love the sweet-tart flavor grapefruit adds to sweets and savories. This sounds wonderful and it is a perfect choice to serve the the garden club. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  4. I love shortbread cookies and just made some green tea shortbread. This grapefruit curd sounds amazing. I will have to try these recipes for sure. Thanks for sharing

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  5. These sandwich tea cookies sound really amazing with grapefruit curd.

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  6. I never made grapefruit curd but look amazing!!Barbara

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  7. Oh, those sound and look terrific! That curd must taste incredibly good.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  8. This looks like a fantastic cookie! I keep thinking about grapefruit curd lately. Clearly, I need to make some. The jasmine shortbread sounds delicious with it.

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  9. If I wasn't sitting here battling tummy trouble, I'd go make those. Two of my favorite flavors - well, three if we can count "shortbread" as its own flavor... Ahhhhh...

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  10. OMG m'lady –– what a brilliant combination. I am so bummed that I can't cook for ages now... this would be made immediately if I could... grapefruit curd... wow!!

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  11. These sandwiches do sound delish. Sort of interactive, too, which is a lot of fun.

    I have never had grapefruit curd but you make it seem quite memorable so I might have to make some soon and see for myself.

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  12. They sound and look seriously delicious. You always offer us such unique and wonderful recipes.

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  13. I love lemon curd so this has to be even better with the shortbread. Lucky garden club!!

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  15. I haven't had grapefruit curd-it sounds fantastic with with those cookies. This is one I need to try!

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  16. Sounds really good, but when do you add in the grapefruit juice? Am I missing something?

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  17. I love flavoring cookies or other baked goods with tea, and these sound so delicately flavored and elegant! I bet they'll be a big hit with your Garden Club group!

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  18. Sandino: the grapefruit juice is in the grapefruit curd (recipe at the end)and then this is sandwiched between the cookies.
    Barbara

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  19. i'm a little bit smitten with the idea of a grapefruit curd--it merits some experimentation for sure!

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  20. Hi Barbara. I'm jumping back into answer you question about the cookies. One of the remaining cookies was excellent and I'll be featuring it on Wednesday. The other was a chocolate Madelaine which was nice but I won't be publishing itright now. Hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  21. i must experience one of those cookies, they sound incredible!!

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  22. Barbara, I too have a weakness for citrus. Your grapefruit curd sounds excellence. Thanks for sharing the recipe. And Happy Belated St Patrick's Day to you.
    Hope you're having a fabulous weekend.
    Kristy

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  23. OOOOOOOooooooooo any kind of citrus curd gets my attention! I would have never thought GRAPEFRUIT, however! I have had lemon, lime and ORANGE! OH DEAR, sooooooo good. OK, here is another recipe to snatch from you for my husband especially loves shortbread! Dearest Barbara, thank you for your kind comment! I have to be creative, or else I bust! LOOK AT YOU, you are creative here! The recipes you come up with are divine.

    Enjoy a wonderful TUESDAY!! Anita

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  24. Jasmine and grapefruit sound like a magical combo. These cookies look positively wonderful. Wish I could nibble on one right now. ;)

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  25. What an inspired combination! I was just craving something with the lovely delicate flavor of jasmine.

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  26. What a beautiful combination there! :D I love jasmine tea and tangy fruit curd is another favourite :)

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  27. Well they certainly look seriously good - and grapefruit curd - you are inspired!!
    Mary x

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  28. This makes me wish I drank tea.

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  29. Oh my, the combination of flavors in the cookie and curd sound wonderful. I like the idea of the open faced cookie because I could get lots of curd in each bite. I always make lemon, trying something new will be fun.

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  30. Okay, so now I'm totally curious (and hooked) on this idea of grapefruit curd. I love grapefruit and I'm really interested in making this now!

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  31. Grapefruit curd. . . that has a lovely ring to it! What a nice filling it makes for these cookies!

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  32. My goodness, the grapefruit curd sounds delicious! We have been loving red grapefruit almost every morning while they're in season and I can just imagine how wonderful it would taste in a curd like this sandwiched between delicate cookies.

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  33. I'm excited to make the grapefruit curd.I have a grapefruit tree and we never really use them much other than juice.
    Mimi

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  34. YUM! You must throw the absolute best tea parties!

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  35. I love anything citrusy though fresh grapefruit are onto my favorite - perhaps I need to try them in a curd! :)

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  36. I actually have two grapefruits sitting on my table THIS MINUTE. They're not as super flavorful as they were earlier in the season so I think this curd is a must-make to turn them into something delicious!

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  37. What an unusual recipe! It does sound delicious, though--both the shortbreads and the curd (I'm a grapefruit FIEND!) And it's hard for me to resist any cookie in the sandwich category.

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  38. wonderful recipe--love the creativity with flavor combination:floral and citrus. I'd want to spread that grapefruit curd on everything too.
    I can't wait to try that. through the winter months, We keep a steady supply of Ruby Grapefruits-- while they last.

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  39. Hi Barbara,

    Oh yum! I love lemon curd and have never thought of using grapefruit.
    Would like to try this and thanks for sharing.
    Your Garden club group are so lucky with all the delicious food you make.

    Happy day
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  40. This post makes me sing Spring!, Barbara. Thank you so much for sharing...

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  41. They really are a great cookie, Barbara. I'm really hard to please when it comes to sweets and I loved these. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  42. These cookies look wonderful, and I love the idea of grapefruit curd!

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  43. These shortbread cookies look so decadent and unique with the grapefruit curd. This would be perfect for afternoon tea.

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  44. Hello Barbara,
    Your shortbread cookies look so special & tasty & then they are filled with your special grapefruit curd: waw!!

    I must make these & devour them all! :) Hihihi!

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