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Old 02-10-2007, 04:40 PM   #11
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The reason for the shortening is for the texture - shortening contains millions of tiny air bubbles that expand from the heat in baking (about 20% of the volume of shortening is air). It also has a higher and broader melting point than butter. If you creamed the butter and sugar and then refrigerated it for about 30-minutes to firm up a little and then cut it in as the shortening it might have a minimal impact, but oil will definately result in a denser muffin.

Believe it or not - if you use the new Trans-Fat Free Crisco, it's actually healthier than butter - lower in saturated fats and no cholesterol. And, believe it or not - butter contains some trans-fats!
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Old 02-10-2007, 04:45 PM   #12
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Here's more about shortening
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Old 02-10-2007, 05:51 PM   #13
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Mish, I am anti-shortening!! I baked some cookies and unknowingly, the shortening was bad. I was told ( by the great people on this site!!) that you can use butter if it's cookies and cakes. IMO, it tastes a bit better, more sweet. The cookies were a little bit crispier than I like but I think that also had to do with the fact that they cook faster as well. Just personal experience. Good luck and let us know how they turn out!!
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Old 02-10-2007, 07:04 PM   #14
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Thank you Cando, caine, boufa, Alix, Michael, mudbug & Mrs. C. The recipe looks interesting/appeals to me. Let me know if any of the bakers here give it a try.
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Old 02-10-2007, 07:31 PM   #15
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I baked some cookies and unknowingly, the shortening was bad.
Trust me Mrs. C. ... I did the same thing making a big batch of "box mix" brownies one night using vegetable oil ... it's just as nasty tasting as shortening when it goes rancid! Since it was for my son to take to school the next day - I got to go to the store and start over at 11:00pm! Just one of the joys of being a single Dad that had to work late ....

mish .... where is your sense of adventure? You want us to try it first?
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Old 02-10-2007, 07:42 PM   #16
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mish .... where is your sense of adventure? You want us to try it first?
When I feel 'jazzed' about a recipe, I enjoy sharing it with others.
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