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Abbey’s Little Baby Loves Short’nin’ Bread

If you’re from the south, you may have heard the song, Short’nin’ Bread. I’m from the South and never heard it until last year. I thought my husband was kidding when he started singing a really poor version of it to me when I was making a batch of southern biscuits. Actually, I thought he was drunk.

He said,

‘no, no, it’s really a song! I promise!’
Right, honey. It’s 9am. What in the world are you doing drinking?!

He called his mom in South Carolina for back-up and she and her husband started singing the song in unison over speaker phone. All that did for me was make me think that his entire family was drunk. But yes, apparently it is a song and there is actually something out there called Shortening Bread, or if you’re from around here, Short’nin’ Bread is more like it. His folks know the song well, but never were able to answer my question about what exactly shortening bread is…

So this year for Christmas I decided to make them a batch. I did a lot of research and came across a million and six different recipes for shortening bread. So I decided to trust the oldest recipe I could find and even then, I had to make a couple adjustments to make it current and personal. So, I suppose this is my recipe for Short’nin’ bread, which will just add one more different version to the food world. Basically, my version is a sort of shortbread cookie using brown sugar and flavored with cinnamon. It’s delicious and was incredibly easy to prepare, using ingredients you should already have on hand. My in-laws seemed to like it so now I’m sharing it with you. Enjoy!

*Abbey’s Short’nin’ Bread
-In a mixing bowl, cream together 1 stick of softened, unsalted butter and 1/3 cup of light brown sugar. When the mixture is fluffy, slowly mix in 1 cup of all purpose flour, a rounded 1/4 tsp of kosher salt and a good sprinkling of cinnamon.
-Press this mixture into a greased 8*8in baking dish and bake at 325 for 25 minutes, or until the top has reached a light golden brown.
-Slice it into triangles while its still warm and allow to cool completely before serving.
(These can survive several days on the counter, or can be frozen for later use.)







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  • Reply My Little Space December 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Abbey, it has been a hectic season. Hope everything is well over your side. And not forgetting to wish you & your family a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. May all the good things coming to you in year 2011! Hope you're having a marvellous time & enjoy the holiday. Love your baked beet! Stay warm!
    Blessings, Kristy ((hugs))

  • Reply Everyday Champagne December 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks everyone! I hope your holiday was great too!

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