Aah Millionaire’s Shortbread! Is it healthy? Is it even remotely good for you? Of course not! But hey, sometimes a little bit of something lovely is just what you need.
Now there seems to be some debate about why it is called millionaire’s shortbread and people have written quite long blogs on the subject. But I have always assumed it is because shortbread itself is luxurious, buttery, crunchy and sweet; include a type of delicious caramel made with condensed milk and you have added a further layer of luxury, top it off by pouring on some rich dark chocolate and you have a treat so luscious, so scrumptious, so self-indulgent it is suitable only for millionaires.
Method for making Millionaire’s Shortbread
There are various recipes out there and most of them are pretty similar i.e. make shortbread, make caramel using condensed milk and pour it over the shortbread, then melt chocolate and pour it over the caramel, job done!
I followed the recipe in Ori Hellerstein’s The Artisan Baker, which I think has some great recipes, (including the award-winning Nelson Bread – so easy to make). I am still undecided about the shortbread recipe that in my mind controversially includes eggs! Surprisingly, this does work, although the resulting shortbread is of a slightly softer texture than a traditional crunchy shortbread. The caramel is relatively straightforward as long as you wait for it to turn that caramel colour, which is a matter of judgement. Whatever you do, don’t do what I did and leave the caramel bubbling away while you clear up the kitchen. It burnt to the bottom of the pan before I knew it and I had to throw the whole lot away! What a waste! So, just stand over it and keep stirring and you will be fine.
Would I make it again?
Absolutely! It is unbelievably delicious and addictive. I need to put most of it in the freezer so that I don’t eat it all. I think my friends would like it too…