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#1 Sat 22 Sep 12 11:24am

Doree55

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Cooking with Jamie

I am a great admirer of your books and works.
I love your book Cooking with Jamie ,I have one question
In your recipe for the best shortbread you have an option of using cornflour or semolina ,is cornflour the same as you would use for polenta or cornbread or is it cornstarch used for thickening  smile ?Thank you so much for all you do
Doreen

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#2 Sat 22 Sep 12 1:22pm

MsPablo

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Re: Cooking with Jamie

It recommends using cornstarch which usually refers to 100% corn 'starch' not corn 'flour'.  Cornstarch is the refined starches from corn.  Corn meal or corn flour are what you'd use for cornbread or polenta.  Personally, I would use semolina over cornstarch because it is simply a better product over cornstarch to consume in this quantity.

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#3 Sat 22 Sep 12 1:34pm

Pakman

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Re: Cooking with Jamie

According to Wiki Cornflour = Corn starch in the UK.

Here's a interesting thread
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/22621/ … -cornflour

I'm with MsP on the semolina wink

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#4 Mon 24 Sep 12 5:50am

Doree55

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Re: Cooking with Jamie

Thank you both so much ,it was very helpful
Doreen

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#5 Mon 24 Sep 12 6:33am

SherylS

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Re: Cooking with Jamie

I think you are meant to use cornstarch.  In the recipes for shortbread I have it uses cornflour which is cornstarch.  It give a light flaky texture to the shortbread.

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#6 Mon 24 Sep 12 10:02am

mummza

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Re: Cooking with Jamie

Welcome to the forum Doree55

Yes corn starch = uk corn flour .. (A white flour that is very fine and sort of  squeaks if you rub it between your finger and thumb tips !!!)

The uk corn flour / USA cornstarch helps to give the shortbread its texture . Like with pastry , do not overwork the mix and also be sure to use real butter (and not one of the butter substitute spreads ). The butter gives the correct flavour and nothing else will do !

Do let us know how the shortbread turns out Doree and do join in the other threads on the forum .  thumbsup

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#7 Mon 24 Sep 12 1:52pm

MsPablo

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Re: Cooking with Jamie

And, I shouldn't be too down on adding that much cornstarch because it is often a major ingredient in gluten-free baking mixes and flour mixes.  I am sure either semolina or cornstarch would be great.

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