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Donna Hay’s Millionaire Shortbread

Or in this case Mini Millionaire Shortbread Pies….

Funny things happen in the kitchen when the timing is right or the stars are aligned. In preparation for this month’s "Hay Hay It’s Donna Day", I spent a lot of time at the library reading her books and getting to know her easy going cooking focusing on fresh ingredients and no fuss methods. I made a few copies, took some books home and one evening my eyes settled on her Millionaire Shortbread in Gourmandises (yes, the library had 3 of her books in French thanks to Mr. Martinet, the expat head librarian). From that sunny thursday afternoon until last night I could not stop thinking about it. Seriously, after lemon this one was my biggest craving of the weekend. Finally this morning I broke down and made this before heading out to the gym….I know I am evil…!

I decided to make these in mini muffin tins instead of a square pan. I love anything mini and small enough to take one or two bites out of without feeling like I am a glutton…even if I end up eating 6 of them. I was taking them to a dinner party and thought they would be great as a little bite with coffee. They turned out to be as everybite as wonderful as pictured and described in the book. The size was perfect to enjoy them without being hit on the head by a spoon full of sugar.

Millionaire Shortbread Mini Pies, adapted from Donna Hay:

Makes 12

For the shortbread crust:

150g all purpose flour / 1.5 cups

100g brown sugar / 0.5cup

125g butter, melted / 1 stick plus 1 Tb

Mix the flour, sugar and melted butter. Spoon (or use your fingertips) the mixture into the bottom of the mini muffin tins. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 F. Remove from the oven and set aside while you prepare the filling.

Caramel Filling:

130 gr. golden syrup / 1.5 cups (I used grade B maple syrup)

125 gr butter / 1 stick plus 1 Tb.

1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 0z)

Combine the golden syrup, butter and condensed milkin a large saucepan and cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, or until it thickens and takes on a golden color. Remove from the heat, let cool for a minute and divide among the tart shells. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Chocolate Ganache:

185 gr dark chocolate / 6.5 oz

1 Tb. vegetable oil

Melt the chocolate in the microwave or on top of a double boiler. Add the oil and mix well to combine. Spoon some over each tart shells and allow to set in the fridge.

Verdict: I doubled up on the quantities to make sure I had some for us and the girls at work tomorrow and I am glad I did. These disappeared while the host was pouring coffee. I am looking forward to making them again.

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Elle April 10, 2007 um 4:12 am

These look positively wicked good.

Anh April 10, 2007 um 4:26 am

These look so good! Your creations are always impressive!

Barbara April 10, 2007 um 5:45 am

Oh my they do look delicious.

Anonymous April 10, 2007 um 5:59 am

Helene, I’m thrilled to learn about your use of the library. It’s my secret cookbook weapon. I love having the chance to test drive recipes, and, thanks to one of the two largest library systems in North America, I can do it with virtually any cookbook.

These mini pies look wonderful, especially since they combine two of my favourite dessert elements: shortbread and caramel.

Meeta K. Wolff April 10, 2007 um 8:31 am

Helene! I recently discovered the Library as a perfect resource for cookbooks too. I have been visiting the library with Soeren for over a year now, but it never came across to me to check out the cookbook section!! DUH!

These little treats look soo good.

Anonymous April 10, 2007 um 9:59 am

Talk about temptation! Halloooooooo sugar!

Anonymous April 10, 2007 um 11:11 am

Ca fait une eternite que j’ai envie d’essayer ce genre de douceurs! J’avais presque oublie mais tu me mets l’eau a la bouche, la!

Patricia Scarpin April 10, 2007 um 1:01 pm

Helene, I’m a big DH fan, too (Valentina is the one who introduced me to this wonderful cook).
Her recipes have a wonderful look, ever better taste and are always a hit.

These mini pies are so cute! And I loved the caramel filling, condensed milk is big here in Brazil. Many of our desserts call for it.

At least you popped to the gym after eating these. You’re so disciplined, sweetie! đŸ˜€

Cheryl April 10, 2007 um 1:06 pm

You only ate 6 of those. I’m so disappointed.

They would have lasted 5 minutes in our house. Fantastic job.

Anonymous April 10, 2007 um 2:29 pm

Hi Helene! I’m with you – I love anything miniature! These sound absolutely decadent!

Anonymous April 10, 2007 um 3:05 pm

Oh my….what a fantastic looking treat!

MyKitchenInHalfCups April 10, 2007 um 4:46 pm

Helene you are too perfect! Perhaps I could save my self if I only read your blog between 2 and 3 am when I am least likely to allow myself into the kitchen…of course then I would be dreaming all night about these and probably get up in the morning craving them like I am now.
The size is so right on. They look beautiful.

Unknown April 10, 2007 um 6:02 pm

I love millionaire’s shortbread – your rendition is so perfect I wish I could pluck one off the screen!

s'kat April 10, 2007 um 8:28 pm

I have never before seen your blog, but trust me, I’m bookmarking and going through those archives! What a lovely mini-treat… those are my favourites, as well!

Lis April 10, 2007 um 9:44 pm

You ARE evil! And I LOVE that about you. =)

They look tooo incredibly good!


Anonymous April 10, 2007 um 9:54 pm

Cette adaptation est géniale et esthétiquement parlant très réussie. Je me suis également offert le livre de DH il y a quelques mois. Il est vraiment très bien.
Bien Ă  toi

Anonymous April 10, 2007 um 10:43 pm

Hi Helene,
Thank you so much for the recipe. They are setting in the fridge right now. Question: when you doubled the quantities, did you make an extraordinary amount of filling? I did, and I wonder what I should do with it…can it be frozen? Very yummy indeed!!

Helene April 11, 2007 um 12:13 am

Thank you guys for all the comments…i ran and I ran and they are still settling on my behind…oh well…!

Sol: It will keep in the fridge for a month and in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Claudia April 11, 2007 um 12:32 am

I can’t decide which to make first. The Lemon Pund, or those adorable little shortbreads. Gues it will have to be the shortbreads, the Golden Syrup, you see ;-))

Connie April 11, 2007 um 10:15 am

wow, those look perfect! very impressive

Anonymous April 11, 2007 um 1:01 pm

Chocolate and caramel…you can’t get more evil than that! I love mini desserts! They are cute and they don’t make you feel guilty when you eat them (even if you eat 6 , as you said) đŸ™‚

Anonymous April 11, 2007 um 2:41 pm

My! I would definitely consider myself a millionaire with these…they look incredibly delicious! đŸ™‚

Warda April 11, 2007 um 8:09 pm

Helene, je viens de deguster a l’instant ton lemon pound cake. Il est sensationnel. Frais, leger(bien qu’il n’a rien de leger) tellement tendre et tellement citrone. Je suis tres contente de l’avoir essaye. Merci d’avoir partager cette recette.

Peabody April 11, 2007 um 8:17 pm

They are never bad for you when they are mini…those look wonderful!!!

Nic April 11, 2007 um 10:31 pm

Adorable! And much more appealing even than the more common shortbread bars. Great job.

Anuhea April 11, 2007 um 11:56 pm

Mmmm…anything with ganache is for me :). And have I ever mentioned how I adore your photography? Anyways, I was hoping you might consider linking me from your site. I really would like more readers and I am a loyal checker of your site every day!

2be April 12, 2007 um 7:24 am

Wow! I love the idea of making Millionare’s Shortbread into mini-pis. Thanks for sharing!

Bron April 12, 2007 um 11:14 am

Helene, these are super! They remind me of a biscuit (cookie!) I used to love when I was young which was filled with a kind of citrus marmalade.
Libraries are the best!

Anonymous April 20, 2007 um 1:55 am

I just recently found your blog and I sure am glad that I did! When I saw the picture of the Millionaire Pies, I bookmarked your site for future reference. I made the little tarts this week when my sister and niece came into town. Everyone loved them and wanted the recipe. Thanks!

Anonymous April 22, 2007 um 1:21 am

A recipe for my boyfriend. He loves those! Fabulous pictures all around!

Amrita June 1, 2007 um 11:43 am

hey! i tried out this recipe, but i got it off foodbeam. I was wondering….yours calls for 1 can of condensed milk. On foodbeam it says 800g….hmmmm im so confused. I used 800g (2 cans) and i think im gonna die of diabetes

eatme_delicious December 3, 2007 um 5:23 am

I googled millionare shortbread and this came up. And I’m very happy it did as they look so beautiful!

Mary September 29, 2012 um 1:16 am

Hi…im not into mayple syrup. Is there anything else i can use instead

Helene October 9, 2012 um 10:36 pm

Mary: You can use honey or golden syrup, even simple syrup (basically any other invert sugar).

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