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dunkemhigh:
My partner is making millionaires thingy, and just finished the shortbread. So, naturally, I asked her what longbread was but she was unable to say. Anyone know?

beanflying:
The Short bit of Shortbread is all about the dough type and the ingredients. Shortening generally refers to the fat content https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shortening Generally we tend to use Unsalted butter over Lard or other types of fats for Shortbread but I guess they will work and likely are in commercial products for cost savings.

IanB:
I think it can be argued that shortbread is "short" because it has a soft, crumbly texture, like the similarly named shortcrust pastry.

"Long" bread, on the other hand, is traditional bread with a more chewy and less crumbly texture. So "longbread" is just bread.

beanflying:
There is really no such thing as longbread. What gives 'Shortbread' the crumbly texture is the 'shortening'. Shortcrust Pastry is similarly made with shortening giving it that texture.

sleemanj:

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