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Can I use all butter to make hermits even though the recipe calls for 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening?

asked by bjenny over 2 years ago
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drbabs

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added over 2 years ago

I don't know what hermits are, but I substitute butter for shortening all the time. Butter has more water content, so you may have to increase your cooking time slightly.

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hardlikearmour

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added over 2 years ago

Yes, but it will likely affect the texture of the final product. Per Cook's Illustrated "cookies made with shortening spread less during baking than cookies made with butter".

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added over 2 years ago

Agreed with hardlikearmour -- and adding that taking out the shortening will make the hermits crunchier, rather than soft the way I think hermits are supposed to be...

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added over 2 years ago

I have checked 2 sources for what should be traditional Hermit recipes. Both use only butter, not shortening. (Time-Life Foods of the World: American Cooking, New England, & Cooking with Wholegrains, Mildred Ellen Orton -- co-founder of the Vermont Country Store) Newman's makes a delicious Hermit, if you're not baking.