I wonder if anybody reading this knows why this delicious shortbread biscuit, caramel and chocolate is called Millionaire’s shortbread? Searching the internet to find out I came away none the wiser. Some of the suggestions, however, seem quite apt:
- Because it’s so rich
- Because it tastes like a million dollars
- Because it contains a million calories
Nobody seems to know for certain the origins of the name, but it does appear that the recipe first popped up in an Australian magazine the 1970’s. There is also evidence that the name “Millionaire’s shortbread” was first used in Scotland. It goes by a number of other names – caramel shortbread, caramel slice, millionaire’s slice, caramel bars – depending where you come from.
This recipe is a version of the caramel shortbread I learned to make in my school cookery class. The recipe combines shortbread biscuit crumbs and melted butter to make a base. At school I remember making the shortbread from scratch and I’m almost sure the caramel had more than the three ingredients in this recipe. Maybe I should have a root around in the attic to see if I can locate my old school recipe, and do a millionaire’s shortbread taste test! I reckon that this one would win though.