Sunday, 14 April 2013

Millionaire's Shortbread

Tomorrow is Monday 15th, which can only mean one thing: returning to Oxford tomorrow, wahoo!

One of the reasons I get so excited about going back to University is that it gives me a HUGE excuse to bake. And by "huge", I mean a large group of hungry students. aka. my lovely friends.

So today has been reserved for a bake-a-thon for a very long time, and this is only the first of many more posts about what I shall be taking back with me for them all to indulge in before the carnage of Trinity (summer term) and prelims (exams, *gulp*) begins.

Last term, I "pidge loved" one of my good friends Boo a slice of millionaires shortbread. ("Pidge loving" means putting something yummy/sweet/generally nice in a friend's pigeon hole, where their post is put by the college porters.) A few hours later I received a very enthusiastic text from Boo, exclaiming that millionaires shortbread was her "favorite thing ever!" And obviously, due to my undying love and devotion to Boo, I decided to bake it for her :) Here's a picture, just to help you visualize this anecdote:

Lovely, isn't she?

Anyway, here's the recipe:

200g butter (For the shortbread)
150g caster sugar (for the shortbread)
300g plain flour (for the shortbread)

300g butter (for the caramel)
140g caster sugar (for the caramel)
75g golden syrup (for the caramel)
397g can condensed milk (for the caramel)

200g dark chocolate
100g milk chocolate
200g white chocolate

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Lightly butter a Swiss roll tin measuring about 30cm x 20cm.

Combine the shortbread ingredients in a bowl and blend to a smooth dough. Press the dough into the prepared baking tin and prick it all over with a fork. Bake for 15-20 minutes until it is golden brown and firm. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Pre oven before I tidied it up.. 
Make the caramel: combine the butter, sugar, syrup and condensed milk in a saucepan. Stir over a low heat until the butter has melted. Simmer gently for 20 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture looks like thick caramel fudge. Resist eating it all straight from the pan. Pour over the cold shortbread in an even layer and leave to cool.

Mmmm.. calories...
Mmmm... Melted calories...
Mmm.. brown melted calories...
Mmm... brown melted calories in a tin...
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, then pour the chocolate over the caramel layer, spreading it evenly with a palette knife. Melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Pour into a piping bag, snip off the end, and drizzle over the millionaires shortbread.

Leave to cool, then cut into squares with a sharp knife. Makes approx 15 squares, or 18 slightly smaller ones :) My Best Ever Triple Chocolate Brownies also make an amazingly indulgent treat.


  1. Looks lovely. I wish someone would leave such things for me to find!

    1. Haha, pidge love is rather nice, especially after a hard day! x

  2. I like the idea of 'pidge love' Millionaire's shortbread are a definite winner, you just have to ignore the calories!! PS thanks for the award, much appreciated xx

    1. I often conveniently forget about calories! ;) and no problem! X

  3. What great looking looks perfect and the taste is always a winner! Love the name of your blog too...that's so true...I think I have OCBD :-)

    1. I was really pleased with how the layers turned out :) thanks for reading! x

  4. Oh yum I love caramel shortbread, yours looks so delicious!

  5. Well OCBD attempting this over the weekend have cheated slightly have bought ready made caramel :)