Someone Decoded the Ted Lasso Shortbread Recipe

Apple announced at the Spring Loaded event that the second season of its hit show Ted Lasso would air on July 23rd. This is extremely good news for fans of the show, it is a brilliant show and it is about an earnest football coach with the impossibly sunny outlook on life, which provided a bit of a break during the coronavirus pandemic last summer.

There was a Ted Lasso-related Easter egg: a graphic of a little box with the text “Ted Lasso’s Secret Shortbread (Makes about one box).” The recipe itself was barely visible. But eagle-eyed developer David Smith was able to read the text, and Googled it, only to find it matched a New York Times recipe for shortbread.

He blogged about it here:

Looking closely at the fractional letters visible I’m pretty confident that this first line reads:

1 1/2 cups / 340 grams cold unsalted butter cut into 1/2 inch pieces plus more for greasing pan

This is definitely a recipe for shortbread, I mean what else would need that much butter!

That really is a lot of butter.

For those who don’t watch the show, which everyone should watch, the shortbread cookies are a key part of the plot. Ted is trying to win over Rebecca, the owner of the English football team he’s coaching and gives her a small pink box that has the shortbread inside (we later found out that Ted has been baking the shortbread himself, not buying them, because that’s Ted).



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