Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mosaic Monday - Chandeliers of Dundurn Castle

I toured Dundurn Castle in Hamilton with a group of Garden Writers recently and we were all in awe of the decor.  The cranberry glass chandelier is in the parlour and the one with candles, greenery and fresh oranges was hanging in a hallway. 
The crystal chandelier in the large dining room I captured in a relfection of the mirror over the mantle.
Just below this picture is the long table it hangs over.
'Below stairs' at the castle we tasted shortbread fresh from the antiquated woodstove.
Today when browsing through some old cookbooks I found in the 1982 edition of Canadian Living's Merry Christmas Cookbook Special the shortbread recipe from the castle.

Dundurn Castle Shortbread
1 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
2 cups all-purpose flour
In a medium mixing bowl, soften butter slightly by creaming then stir in sugar, salt and egg yolk.
Add flour, a little at a time until too stiff to work with a spoon.  Turn out onto a floured board and knead lightly, blending in more flour until dough begins to crack.
Divide the dough into 3 portions and pat into 6 inch circles on ungreased baking sheets.  Pinch the edges and prick all over with a fork.
Bake at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes or until a pale golden brown.
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  1. Oh, gorgeous chandeliers! I thought they were rubies! The table setting looks so exquisite!

    Ebie's Mosaic.

  2. Chandeliers and shortbread? What a great day out!

  3. The chandeliers are lovely. The shortbread recipe looks easy maybe I'll give it a try.

  4. OMG! Those chandeliers are gorgeous!!

  5. It sounds like a wonderful day! That cranberry glass is beautiful and the shortbread sounds delicious, what a treat. ~Jeanne

  6. Your mosaic has such a glamorous feel - the photos are just beautiful - not anything close to 'my world' but lovely to look at!!! Thanks for coming by to visit my blog - I'll be back - fun blog.

  7. Grand and Gorgeous chandeliers! Looks like a place I would love to visit and stay a while.
    thank you for sharing your lovely photos!

  8. I especially love the reflection one... very very cool!

    Would love for you to stop by some time.

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  9. Fantastic photos on your mosaic! I especially loved the simple yet oh so elegant table setting! Oh my gosh gorgeous!
    Also, I will be posting a lot more photos of the Hotel Del Coronado this coming week so stop in... its a fantastic, historical over 100 year old wood hotel! That's said to be haunted! ;)
    Merry Merry!
    ~Really Rainey~

  10. What beautiful pictures you have in your moaic. All so festive

  11. What a gorgeous chandelier, and such lovely decorations. I'll surely try the shortbread recipe!

  12. That must have been a very fun day!!!

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

  13. wow, stunning!!! thanks so much for sharing, and have wonderful holiday! :)

  14. wow.....lovely shots of these luxurious chandelier and decorations...

    mine is here

  15. I love the Cranberry glass. Excellent mosaic. I am going to try the shortbread recipe. Thanks.
    My property is also 'Certified Wildlife Habitate'. I enjoy it. MB

  16. Gorgeous chandelier, and lovely decorations!

  17. What beautiful chandeliers! It must have been a lovely place to visit. I love shortbread - thank you for the recipe!

  18. What a beautiful place Dundurn Castle is! The cranberry chandeliers in particular are spectacular. I think you are near where my parents used to live... Guelph.

  19. Gorgeous chandeliers! I will have to add your shortbread recipe to my file!

  20. I adore chandeliers - hoping to do a post soon!! PS. must try shortbread recipe!

  21. Breathtaking chandeliers. Elegant ...

    Merry Christmas ~
    TTFN ~Marydon
    **NEW BLOG**


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