Shortbread biscuits

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Oats in the North, Wheat from the South: The history of British Baking, savoury and sweet

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2020

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According to Florence Marian McNeill in a 1929 book, The Scots Kitchen, a decorated form of shortbread, known as ‘infar-cake’, was the wedding cake of rural Scotland. On the first day of the marriage, or ‘Infare day’, the infar-cake was broken over the bride’s head on the threshold of her new home. This very old custom finds its origin in paganism.

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