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 Post subject: Shortbread Question...Can you use Shortening??
PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:54 pm 
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I am out of vegan becel, how you do you think vegetable shortening would tatse? I am thinking it won't work since the "butter" is what gives shortbread its flavour....what do you think? could it work if I added some salt & vanilla extract??

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 Post subject: Re: Shortbread Question...Can you use Shortening??
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Shortbread is called shortbread because the recipe usually calls for shortening. So technically shortening will work better than butter. It has a higher fat content than butter and it doesn't spread as easily. Shortening shortens dough, which means it makes the texture crumbly.

When it comes to taste, I think vanilla and salt sounds great. I find that butter flavoured margarine usually loses its butter flavour during baking, so I think you'll be fine.


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 Post subject: Re: Shortbread Question...Can you use Shortening??
PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 11:57 am 
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Shortbread is called shortbread because the recipe usually calls for shortening. So technically shortening will work better than butter. It has a higher fat content than butter and it doesn't spread as easily. Shortening shortens dough, which means it makes the texture crumbly.

When it comes to taste, I think vanilla and salt sounds great. I find that butter flavoured margarine usually loses its butter flavour during baking, so I think you'll be fine.


awesome, I will give it a shot. ThankS!

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Let us know how they taste.


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 Post subject: Re: Shortbread Question...Can you use Shortening??
PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 2:01 pm 
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Will do, I think I might use half becel & half shortening...the shortening I have taste's like nothing so I don't think they would turn out very well if I just used that. I'm going to do a trial run tonight with some spelt flour so I hope they turn out okay...Then I can bring them with me for all the Christmas dinners! Yaya

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 Post subject: Re: Shortbread Question...Can you use Shortening??
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The thing with shortbread is that the butter is the source of alot of the flavor of the cookie. If you are using shortening and it is butter flavored you might be able to get away with it, but if it is not, I would use some butter flavoring if you have it to help bring out the flavors that are missing. I personally like making most cookies with shortening because I feel they spread less, they stay softer and I rarely ever have problems with cookies going flat when I use shortening instead of butter. The only problem is if you have a cookie, like a shortbread or a sugar cookie that relies heavily on the flavor of butter, shortening sometimes isn't worth using if you are going to sacrifice flavor.


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