January 6 – National Shortbread Day

January 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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National Shortbread Day

Five Food Finds about Shortbread

  •  Scottish shortbread evolved from medieval biscuit bread, which was a twice-baked, enriched bread roll dusted with sugar and spices and hardened into a Rusk.
  • Eventually butter was substituted for yeast, and shortbread was born.
  • Since butter was such an important ingredient, the word “shortbread” derived from shortening.
  • Shortbread may have been made as early as the 12th Century, however its invention is often attributed to Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th Century.
  • Petticoat Tails were a traditional form of shortbread said to be enjoyed by the queen. The round shortbread was flavored with caraway seeds, baked and cut into triangular wedges.

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