The first time I had this decadent piece of goodness was in a basement tearoom of an old Manor House in Cornwall. The tearoom was modest, providing visitors with just a quick cuppa and a biscuit or scone. But standing out among the other biscuits was this stunning shortbread …. a buttery shortbread base, with gooey caramel filling, topped with a thick layer of milk chocolate. Irresistible!!
How did Millionaire’s Shortbread get it’s name?
Shortbread originated in Scotland around the 12th century as a simple unleavened biscuit (cookie) using just the ingredients available in most homes at that time ….. butter, flour, sugar. The refinement of this biscuit didn’t occur until Mary Queen of Scots assigned her French chefs to the task. Only with the addition of more butter, more sugar, a pinch of salt, and formed into different shapes, did this delectable morsel become in demand. Over time, other ingredients were added, lemon, almonds, ginger, cinnamon. This version didn’t appear until the 19th century. It is said that to be able to afford this decadent biscuit with its creamy caramel center and thick milk chocolate topping, you actually had to be a “Millionaire”.