During Tuesday’s Spring Loaded event, Apple announced (amongst other things) that the second season of his runaway hit show Ted Lasso would fall on July 23rd. This is extremely good news for fans of the show (including myself) who missed out on the serious football coach with the incredibly sunny outlook on life that took some hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic last summer.

However, there was one at the very end of Spring Loaded Ted LassoRelated Easter egg: a graphic of a small box with the text “Ted Lasso’s secret shortbread (makes about one box)”. The recipe itself was barely visible. But the eagle eye developer David Smith was able to read the textand googled it, only to find it matched a New York Times recipe for shortbread (albeit a slightly different recipe from Teds).

He blogged about it here:

If I look closely at the fractional letters that appear, I’m pretty sure that the first line is:

1 1/2 cups / 340 grams of cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces, and more to grease the pan

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

That’s a lot of goddamn butter, really.

For those who don’t see the show (and why the hell not?), The shortbread cookies are an important part of the plot. Ted tries to win over Rebecca, the owner of the English football team he suddenly coaches, and gives her a little pink box of the shortbread (we later discover that Ted baked the shortbread himself and didn’t buy it because that is Ted for you).

Rebecca enjoys it.


There aren’t many pure, good things left on the internet (she said while writing for an internet news site, haha Naturally I did not mean The edge(we’re great) but a bit of trouble to uncover a shortbread recipe from the best show while streaming reminds me of those innocent days. To like Ted reminds us of that: you just have to believe.

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