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Medieval snack?

Postby lidimy » Sun Oct 14, 2007 1:43 pm

On the side of my Shortbread box it says that shortbread has been a traditional Scottish treat since Medieval times.

As Medieval as tartan (oo-er) or is this a true statement? :D

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Postby Annis » Sun Oct 14, 2007 2:14 pm

I dunno, but I have a recipe for Celtic Shortbread.


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Postby Eric the well read » Sun Oct 14, 2007 2:14 pm

I always thought Petit gautelle (sp) or petticoat tails were 18th. Somebody
here
http://www.historypoint.org/columns2.asp?column_id=1266&column_type=hpfeature

claims Mary queen of scots had a recipe for them????

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Postby sally » Sun Oct 14, 2007 4:47 pm

Thinking logically, it must have only become popular after sugar came down in price to allow it as an everyday ingredient



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Postby lidimy » Sun Oct 14, 2007 5:33 pm

sally wrote:Thinking logically, it must have only become popular after sugar came down in price to allow it as an everyday ingredient


Well then. Didn't think of that...


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Postby Hraefn » Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:32 pm

Yup the medieval Scots traditionally kept shortbread in their sporrans, which they wore outside their tartan plaids, as a quick energy giving snack after hunting haggis with huge claymores...(DUCKS to avoid hail of abuse :) )
Seriously there is no evidence for shortbread in the medieval period in the whole of Britain and the earliest recipe I know of is 1594 in The Good Huswifes Handmaid printed in London So more of a middle class Elizabethan treat than a period snack.

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Postby lidimy » Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:37 pm

Uh oh... looks like a case for Trade Descriptions!

Twas from Sainsbury's btw.


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Postby Hraefn » Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:48 pm

No just one of those legends that get told so often people accept them as fact and I see it as part of our job (us as 'nactors/historical interpreters/experimental archeologists/ funny dressed up weirdos)is too find out rather than just regurgitation the same ol' same ol', ARE YOU WITH ME BROTHERS AND SISTERS!.......Er, time for me medication again.

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Postby gregory23b » Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:44 pm

Hraefn knows jack about historical food. :D except maybe how to stuff it into his cake hole.

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Postby Hraefn » Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:08 pm

Bit better now ta Jorge.
Er and by the way I know it doesn't say on the application no Portagee.........but er........................ :P


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Postby gregory23b » Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:19 pm

...no POrtagee :cry:


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Postby m300572 » Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:42 pm

What does 'short' actually mean in this context - if its short of something in the mix (or if its bread with added 'short' then the original may be medieval but not made to the same recipe as modern shortbread.


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Postby Cat » Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:58 pm

Short normally refers to a highish amount of fat in the mix that makes the end producy crumbly and melty-in-the-mouth. Short-crust pastry is an example.


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