Barnhart barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Thu Jun 26 19:55:53 UTC 2008

shortcake in HDAS (vol. iv) offers this definition of shortcake:

"=shortening bread"

At the entry for shortening bread the def reads:

"Cornbread made with cooking fat, esp lard; often =crackling bread."

In the DAE the def for shortcake reads:

"A cake made with plenty of shortening; a cake made of biscuit dough"

So, I agree with you and so do several lexicographers.  I live near the
CIA [Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park).  Next time I'm in their
library, I'll ask the librarian for further resources.


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