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I’ve been operating in this recipe off and on for years, going via dozens of iterations to get the easiest shortbread texture the usage of combos of grain-free flours and starches for the ground layer of those custard bars (the custard used to be if truth be told a lot more uncomplicated and I nailed it within the 3rd iteration). And, as I am getting able to release my new site, Nutrivore.com within the coming weeks, I had all however given up ever being glad sufficient with this recipe to proportion it… till I attempted it one closing time the usage of Beth Blends Grain-Unfastened Flour Mix. Wow!
During the last yr or so and after Beth despatched me some baggage of her flour blends to take a look at out, Beth Blends Grain-Unfastened Flour Mix has grow to be my go-to flour to make use of for on a regular basis cooking. However, it used to be most effective not too long ago that I had the risk to take a look at it on this recipe. In my earlier iteration of the shortbread base, I had used 6 (sure, SIX) other grain-free flours and starches to take a look at and get the easiest texture for the shortbread backside layer (no longer too crunchy, no longer too crumbly, however sturdy sufficient to improve the custard layer, two variations had been if truth be told squeaky whilst you bit into it, which used to be tremendous bizarre). And, I’m so happy I did, as a result of I now really feel assured sharing this recipe with you, simply on time for the vacations!
Permutations: As a result of I’ve iterated this recipe such a lot of instances, I believe like I’ve attempted all of it! My favourite is the combo of lime and lemon on this custard, however I’ve attempted the usage of simply lemon, simply lime, Meyer’s lemons (on their very own or with lime) and orange (by itself or with lemon). They’re all tasty, so be happy to experiment with different citrus culmination on this recipe. I’ve extensively utilized other sugars to sweeten. My choice is unrefined cane sugar as a result of I believe find it irresistible doesn’t compete with the citrus flavors, but it surely’s additionally tasty with maple sugar if you wish to use a extra nutrient-dense sugar. You’ll be able to make this in an 8″x8″ pan for a thicker bar (like in my photograph), or a 9″x9″ pan for a thinner bar. It chefs a little bit quicker if you’re making it in a 9″x9″ pan. And, if you wish to make the shortbread base with a distinct grain-free flour mix, all I will say is, not anything I attempted labored in addition to Beth Blends.