Cheat's Millionaire's Shortbread

Thursday, 26 September 2013

I pre-ordered it.


 It will arrive today.


 It left Birmingham at 6.58 this morning.


But it isn't here yet.


I hope it will arrive before I've eaten all of the millionaire's shortbread.

Cheat's Millionaire's Shortbread

Make some shortbread by rubbing 6oz of plain flour and 4oz of butter together to make a crumbly mixture. Mix in 2oz sugar. Tip the mixture into a greased tin about 6½ '' by 10''. Press firmly. Bake at 160°c (140°c) for about 20 mins until pale gold. Cool.

This is the cheat's part. Open a jar of caramel sauce*, get a teaspoon and eat a spoonful or two, lick the lid and then spread the rest on top of the shortbread. Put it into the fridge to firm up a bit. Use your index finger to clean the jar out thoroughly.

Put  a small bowl over a pan of simmering water. Break 200g of chocolate into pieces, put in the bowl and melt slowly over the simmering water. If you add some cream the mixture will become glossy and less likely to crack when cutting. I added about 3 tablespoons which was not enough to prevent cracking.

Spread the chocolate over the caramel. Sprinkle the chocolate with sea salt if you want to be on trend.

When the chocolate has set firm cut into small squares. It is extremely sweet so don't be tempted to make them too big -remember all the caramel you snaffled earlier.

*Any caramel sauce will do; Merchant Gourmet do a dulce de leche, Bonne Maman do a Confiture de Caramel and you can buy ready caramelised condensed milk.



And behold, as I am about to hit publish a man in a van pulls up in front of my house with a parcel for me.
Now I have millionaire's shortbread and Nigel.

42 comments:

  1. I have Nigel but no millionaire's shortbread, and your pictures are just too tempting!

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  2. I have just found your blog, it is stunning and naughtily Nigel has somehow fallen into my amazon basket and now I'm waiting for Nigel. I love nigel

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  3. I put 5lb on just looking at those photos, and will NOT be tempted. No. I mean it. And how on earth did this little publication slip under my radar? Ive missed it entirely, not seen anything about it. Will be checking it out pronto. I love his writing. I wish you well with your tooth-rot and aching pancreas. Can you tell I'm jealous??

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  4. I'm hoping for Nigel for my birthday in November. Will look forward to your review of it! Please don't make me make the shortbread....

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  5. Oh, Nigel, how much do we love thee? Almost as much as Millionaire's Shortbread?

    Hmmmmmmmmm.

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  6. Oh wow I didn't know there was a book due. He is my favourite and my best and I just got paid. The stars collide...

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  7. I mustn't - I've still only made one recipe from last year's book.

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    1. Mary, I rarely make recipes from any of the cookbooks I own but they all inspire my cooking and I enjoy reading them just as would a novel.

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    2. I always bookmark recipes - most never get made - but for inspiration, lovely anecdotes and photos - my cookbooks can't be beaten as relaxing reading.

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  8. Oooh, I like the "hands on" way you cook. And anything with chocolate goes right to the top of the list of things to make.

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  9. oh do let us know if it is as good as he usually is Sue. I'm trying to be good and wait and put it on my Christmas list. I know what you mean about reading them like a novel. When I bought Kitchen Diaries too I just sat and read it from cover to cover!

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  10. Nigel Slater may be my secret sin. I love the utter sensuality of his cookery programmes. Who else makes kale look sexy?

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  11. I look forward to seeing and reading what Nigel inspires. I enjoyed Nigel Slater: The Interview, in the Observer 14 September.

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  12. I'm going to ask for that for my birthday :). P.s. love the recipe .

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  13. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm! xx

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  14. Waiting for Pay Day. Then me & Nigel have a Date ;-)

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  15. The man I most want to live next door to! Looking forward to what you have to say about this book, particularly as he has done some similar ones in the past.

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  16. Sue, once again your post has been inspirational on several layers (and I don't just mean that delicious layered shortbread!)

    Even over here in the States, I've heard of this Nigel fellow. I will now investigate this book. If you think it is good, I am confident that it is very good indeed.

    Many thanks. xo

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  17. Caramel slice is a staple of morning and afternoon teas in Queensland. Never fails to please and easy to make. It is even gobbled with lattes. The trendy touch is to pour macadamia nuts in the caramel layer. (Not my style.) Forget small squares! Each piece needs to be about 6 or 7 cm square.

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  18. I started following him on Twitter. He did a recipe with all ingredients and the instructions in 140 characters. What could be more perfect?

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  19. Gosh that looks delicious - could life get any better - something sweet and a new book. Enjoy!!

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  20. Anonymous4:31 am BST

    I'm definitely out of the loop over here; guess I need a wake up call. Need to figure out who this apparently sexy man is. But you had me at Millionaire's Squares because there used to be a quaint shop nearby that specialized in British imports, along with a bakery counter and sit-down "teas." I never did get to do one of those fancy affairs, but my DH and I did indulge in some Millionaire squares on occasion. They were heavenly. But, I though there was a layer of something I could never quite describe, rather like a pastry custard. Anyway, I'm drooling over your version and appreciate the detailed instructions. Or permission. Or instigation. (Like I needed someone else to tell me to do what I already do.)

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    1. I'm not sure I'd call him sexy but his food is pretty sexy and his writing is wonderful.

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  21. I have dropped a very obvious hint that I would like Nigel to join me on my birthday. Enjoy your shortbread, not something I ever make - but I did enjoy a slice with a pot of tea when I visited Mr Bowles garden last weekend xx

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  22. Tiny typo in your recipe. I think you omitted an important step after you break 200g of chocolate into pieces - other than that, another gem of a post. Such a long wait until my birthday. Such a quick step to pop it in my basket.

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    1. Oops -I missed out 'eat a piece, or two' how silly of me.

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  23. His writing is wonderful isn't it in the same way Elizabeth David's was. Enjoy your new book and your millionaire's shortbread!

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  24. And I have envy...cakes & Nigel :)

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  25. And Lo, I found Nigel in my trolley this morning. And when I realised his face was detachable, I thought how pleased you would be.

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    1. I was indeed. I'm afraid his face has been recycled, not that isn't a nice face.

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  26. That is indeed a great combination. The best I've ever seen him!

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  27. Well?? Was he worth the wait? And how does Mr Quince feel about the other man in your life...?
    Ax

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    1. Yes, he was worth the wait. I like good food writing, I'm not too fussed about the personality behind it which is one of the reasons I don't like cookbooks to have the authors pictures grinning at me. I don't think Mr Quince is that threatened by gay cookery writers to be honest.

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  28. What a marvellous post! I love millionaire's shortbread but haven't made it for years. All that boiling up of condensed milk etc put it in the too difficult box but caramel sauce from a jar, you say?! I am hot-footing it from this comment box to the Ocado site without delay! And then Amazon just to check out Nigel - because it would be rude not to! Your weekend ammunition looks perfect - enjoy! E x
    Ps you do realise after this post there will be a run on caramel sauce across the UK and possibly even a shortage so perhaps two jars should go in my trolley! You know. Just in case!

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    1. In that case, instead of eating one or two teaspoons from the jar before spreading on the shortbread, you should eat the contents of one jar and spread the other.

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  29. another addition to the wish list

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  30. Just added to my Amazon basket, along with 6 tins of cannellini beans, destined for homemade baked beans. I hope Nigel approves of his travel companions.

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  31. I'm very tempted by the shortbread and the book! I love Nigel Slater's writing and your beautiful photos.

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  32. What better way to spend a day than with millionaire's shortbread AND Nigel. I too pre-ordered but still haven't had my copy - maybe Monday will be my lucky day, I shall make your millionaire's shortbread tomorrow and keep my fingers crossed!

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  33. I like Nigel with something fruity, just now it is usually Blackberry and Apple Crumble with clotted cream, he did go well with fresh mango yesterday.

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  34. I hope that you and Nigel and the shortbreads had a lovely day together - love how you were so excited you were tracking the delivery!!

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