“Smart Cinema Snack”-Challenge: Red Shortbread and Dessert Skewers

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IMG_3988 cutIn connection with the “Diagonale – Filmfestival”, which takes place in Graz (Austria) every year, Anja of Food Freshion started the “Smart Cinema Snack”-Challenge on March 17 and appointed me as the official MovieMunchies -Expert! 🙂 My category “Moviemunchies” had inspired her to this challenge!

I kinda like my new title and therefore a contribution by me was a must…

This was a pretty tough challenge for me, because healthy is not exactly a strength of this Backdirndl and because “MovieMunchies” normally means that the snack fits the theme of the movie but the Diagonale is a whole festival and not just one film.

In the end, I decided on glogooing with the colors of the Diagonale-Logo with my desserts. Therefore I made red-white-red Red Velvet Cupcakes, red Diagonale-Shortbread and fruity, no-bake dessert skewers.

Something for everyone – opulent, easy-peasy or healthy! ❤

In this post, I will show you how to make red shortbread cookies with the word Diagonale embossed on them and healthy red-white-red Banana Strawberry Dessert Skewers.

IMG_3976 topOr would you rather prefer Red Velvet Cupcakes?

Let’s start baking!

For the cookie dough (makes loads of cookies) you will need:

  • 1/2 vanilla pod

    IMG_3923 eng
    amounts for double the dough (~300 cookies)
  • 200g flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 60g sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 60g butter, cold
  • 1 egg (M)
  • Red food dye

Once you have all the ingredients and equipment ready, turn your oven to 350°Fahrenheit/180°Celsius air circulation (390°Fahrenheit/200°Celsius bottom and top heat) and line your baking trays with parchment paper (Tip: Cut the parchment paper to fit your baking tray to avoid baking crooked cookies)

Intermix your dry ingredients (vanilla seeds, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt). Add the cold butter in little pieces and knead until you receive crumbs. Add the egg and continue to knead until the dough forms a nice dough ball. Lastly, knead in the food dye (1-2 tsp for an intense red color). (Tip: Use disposable gloves to avoid coloring your fingers and hands!)IMG_3927

Too fast? Check out more detailed instructions here!

Wrap the dough in cling film and store for 1-2 days in the fridge or use it immediately, for best results.

Use a rolling pin to smoothly roll out your dough 2-3mm thick (the smoother the dough, the better the letters will be possible to read). Cut the dough into even rectangules (ca. 5×1.5cm) using a ruler. Then firmly press the letters D-I-A-G-O-N-A-L-E into the dough using the alphabeth embosser. Put the cookies on your baking tray. Since the cookies do not spread, you can place them close together.

IMG_3928Bake the cookies for approx. 10 minutes. They should be firm, but have not yet considerably browned (-> that would alter the color of the cookies). Done!

These Diagonale Shortbread Cookies taste delicious!

IMG_3996For the Dessert Skewers (makes 5) you will need:IMG_3946 eng

  • 7-8 strawberries
  • 2 1/2 bananas
  • 5 wooden skewers
  • 15g chocolate

As fruity alternative to my baked desserts, I wanted to make red-white-red dessert skewers with chocolate sauce, so I opted for bananas and strawberries (but any fruit you like would do).

Cut the fruits into even sized pieces and stick them onto the skewer alternating between the fruits. Melt the chocolate in your microwave and drizzle it over your skewers. Easy, tasty and all ready! 🙂

IMG_3968Want to know how to meld chocolate in the microwave? Check out this post! (simply type Strg+F – microwave)

Prepare the skewers right before serving them to avoid the fruits from going bad.

Tip: Dip the cut banana slices into lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown. This will alter the taste slightly!

IMG_3988 cut2Have a baketastic baking day,

Your Backdirndl

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