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"Shortbread is not bread and shortbread is not short. It is medium in length and a biscuit, of sorts. And it commonly comes in a tartan type tin that is just long enough to keep shortbread in." ~ Anonymous
Regardless of shape, some traditional Scottish variations on shortbread are Pitcaithly Bannock (made with almonds, caraway seeds, crystallized orange) and Yetholm Bannock (which includes chopped ginger)!
One of the world's most well-known commercial shortbreads is Walkers, known for their colourful tins!
According to their company history, the Walker family started baking shortbread in the Speyside village of Aberlour, surrounded by the picturesque landscape of the Scottish highlands, in 1898 and remain there to this day. The company is still in the hands of the original family, started by Joseph Walker in his village bakery in 1898.
There are two different explanations for the name of this most loved biscuit. Some sources cite the crumbly or “short” texture of the product. Others attribute the name to its high percentage of shortening, or butter (the word “shortening” refers to any fat). Butteriness is an important quality in shortbread - so much so that in 1921 the British government legislated that a product called shortbread must get at least 51% of its fat from real butter. Outside of the U.K., however, there is no such requirement. If you're in a hurry and need to purchase some storebought shortbread, check the label to ensure yourself a true butter shortbread experience!
Walkers even now provides a gluten-free shortbread!
For more about this company, click the shortbread fingers!