Trivia of the Day – September 19

Why was Shortbread Cookies called “shortbread”?

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  1. Because of the amount of shortening used
  2. Because it is a cookie like a miniature bread
  3. Because it was made by accident while a baker was trying to make bread
  4. Because the making process is much shorter than making bread



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Answer: 1

The name “shortbread” came from the amount of butter used.  Butter is a shortening that shortens the long protein or gluten strands formed in the dough.  The long protein strands give the dough a tough and elastic texture.  For Shortbread Cookies to be crumbly, butter is used to shorten the gluten strands.

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