Trivia of the Day – October 18

Which of the below does NOT apply to Boston Cream Pie?

Boston Cream Pie
  1. It is the official state dessert for Massachusetts
  2. The creation was credited to a chef at the then Parker House Hotel in Boston
  3. It was created in the early 1900’s
  4. It is really a cake and not a pie
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Answer: 3
French chef Sanzian created this cake around 1855 to 1856 at the Parker House Hotel.

Trivia of the Day – October 12

What is the origin of Genoise, a sponge cake?

Brown Velvet Cake
  1. Italy
  2. Portugal
  3. France
  4. England
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Answer: 1
Genoise is a sponge cake named after, Genoa, Italy, the place of its origin.  It is the base of most French gateaux, or layer cakes.

Trivia of the Day – October 5

Which cake must be made without egg yolks?

Brown Velvet Cake
  1. Red Velvet Cake
  2. Double Chocolate Cake
  3. Angel Food Cake
  4. Cheesecake
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Answer: 3
Instead of baking powder, an angel food cake depends on air beaten into egg whites to rise.  Egg yolk, which is a fat, will make the cake fall.  Similarly, the pan cannot be greased with butter when making angel food cake to prevent the cake from falling.

Trivia of the Day – September 23

Dried Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Did you know this about Shortbread Cookies?

“With its origins in a hardened biscuit bread that was common in the Middle Ages, shortbread may have existed as early as the 1100s, though legend gives Mary, Queen of Scots the credit for developing it in the 1500s. She enjoyed eating a traditional form of shortbread called Petticoat Tails, which were triangular wedges cut from the shortbread round, resembling the shape of fabric pieces used to make women’s petticoats in that era.” (Information from ehow.com)

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Trivia of the Day – September 22

Kenyan Spiced Tea Cookies

Did you know this about Shortbread Cookies?

Shortbread was expensive and reserved as a luxury for special occasions such as Christmas, Hogmanay (Scottish New Year’s Eve), and weddings, according to Wikipedia.  In Shetland, it is traditional to break a decorated shortbread cake over the head of a new bride on the entrance of her new house.

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Trivia of the Day – September 21

Did you know this about Shortbread Cookies?

Sesame Peanut Shortbread Cookies

Early Scottish bakers fought to prevent shortbread from being classified as a biscuit to avoid paying a government tax on biscuits.

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Trivia of the Day – September 20

Did you know this about Shortbread Cookies?

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Most “authentic” shortbread recipes use only real butter for their fat.  In 1921 the British government proclaimed that, in order to be called shortbread, a product must get at least 51% of its fat from real butter.

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Trivia of the Day – September 19

Why was Shortbread Cookies called “shortbread”?

Dried Cranberry Shortbread Cookies
  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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Trivia of the Day – September 16

Who was credited with making Iced Tea popular?

Lemon Shortbread Cookies
  1. Richard Blechynden
  2. Lipton Tea Company
  3. Queen Elizabeth II
  4. Twining

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Answer: 1

Richard Blechynden, India Tea Commissioner and Director of the East Indian Pavilion, made iced tea popular at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.  It was an accident because he was ready to serve hot tea at the fair.  However, due to the intense heat, he decided to serve the tea with ice.

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Trivia of the Day – September 15

What is the origin of the word “scone”?

  1. French
  2. Middle Dutch
  3. Old English
  4. German

 

 

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Answer: 2

Based on information from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary online, Scone is a small and rich biscuit.  The word perhaps originated from Dutch schoonbrood, which means fine white bread. 

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