What better way to celebrate the sunken economy than with a dessert with the word “millionaire” in it? For April’s new recipe, I discovered Millionaire’s Shortbread – ever had it? Apparently, it’s a shortbread recipe from Scotland (I knew I loved Scotland!!) It’s like a giant, homemade Twix bar! Yum! I tried two different recipes for it and discovered I liked the simple, straightforward one the best – Claire’s recipe below. I’ll link to the two recipes so you can try them if you’d like.
Since I’m not sure of copyright laws with posting recipes, I’ll just give you the basics and if you’re interested, you can click through the links I’ve given below for the full list of ingredients. I am not a baker, but this was so simple and straightforward, I actually liked making it and would highly recommend it to you.
Here are the basics:
The base for Millionaire’s Shortbread is…shortbread! And shortbread is one of the easiest baked things to make. You should try it. You’ll need flour, sugar and butter and a little salt.
Process them in a food processor until you have little pea-sized clumps of butter:
Smoosh in a pan with your hand and then prick with a fork all over the dough:
Now comes the millionaire/rich part! You’re going to make a layer of dulce de leche (caramel) to put over the baked shortbread.This is made with two cans of sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk!!) and butter. Just stir and stir and stir and listen to the Cubs game and stir some more – could take 20-30 minutes.
This takes patience – it’s not hard, just long.
Stir until it turns amber in color and pour over the cooled shortbread.
Melt chocolate – use what your favorite chocolate is…I used a mix of bittersweet and milk chocolate. Melt in the microwave or in a double boiler (microwave is easiest) and pour over the cooled caramel/shortbread. Put in the fridge for about 30 minutes to help the chocolate set. Then remove from fridge and eat! Yum!
I did two recipes: Claire Robinson from Food Network has the easiest one:Claire’s Millionaire Shortbread recipe
And Nigella Lawson’s is harder and actually, didn’t turn out as well as Claire’s (but it was good!).