January 6, 2013

National Shortbread Day

"The three-year-old who lies about taking a cookie isn't really a 'liar' after all. He simply can't control his impulses." - Cathy Rinder Tempelsman

It's National Shortbread Day!

Butter, sugar, flour. The holy trinity of ingredients if you’re a baker.

Put them together and you have one of the most simple – yet delicious – foods there is: the shortbread, which is a classical Scottish dessert having evolved from medieval biscuit bread. Biscuit bread was baked twice making it extremely hard and dry (think: hockey puck with a sand-like texture). Shortbread, as we're familiar with it, resulted after the yeast in the biscuit bread was substituted with butter. Mary, Queen of Scots, is said to have loved a shortbread or two, flavored with caraway seeds and cut into wedges similar to petticoat fabric pieces, in her time during the 16th century.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

Happy National Shortbread Day!