Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tiger Shortbread

I made these for a friend who had an operation the other day as a get better soon treat. They're really just a version of Millionaire Shortbread, but I think they look like tigers! And so in honor of tigers, I leave you with the scorned and un-pc Little Black Sambo, a favorite story in my family for a couple generations.

(Get better soon, Lena!)

"And by and by he met a Tiger. And the Tiger said to him, "Little Black Sambo, I'm going to eat you up!"


1 c softened butter
1/2 c confectioners sugar
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 c corn flour

Cream butter and sugar until you see the butter change color (aprx. 5 min). Add salt, and flours and mix by hand until the dough comes together. Press into a lined 7x11" (or whatever size you want) pan and bake for 25 min at 350 F. Let cool.

Salted Caramel Cream
from Cannelle et Vanille

360 grams heavy cream
1 t vanilla
90 grams sugar
120 grams egg yolks (about 6 yolks)
1 1/2 t gelatin softened over 2 T cold water
pinch fleur de sel

Bring the cream and the vanilla to a boil. Reserve.

In the meantime, make a dry caramel with the sugar. Deglaze the cooked sugar with the heated cream. Be careful because it will bubble over if all the cream is added at once. Whisk so all crystalized sugar has dissolved. Pour this caramel over the egg yolks and whisk. Return this to the pan and cook for 1 minute.

Add the softened gelatin and strain through a fine sieve.
Let cool and then poor on top of cooled shortbread. Let firm up (about 2 hours) and then cut. Drizzle with melted dark chocolate.


apparentlyjessy said...

Aww how sweet are you! I love making people thoughtful gifts, and the feeling when you watch their face light up! I am sure your friend appreciated the yummy (gosh they look yummy) sentiment very much.

Candice said...

Where on earth do you hear of these great recipes? I have never heard of Millionaire shortbread, and I've even lived with a few :) I feel uncultured, and thought I was a good baker - but now, after looking at these, I want to not only perfect the few things I like to make, but venture into the world of the unknown - thanks for the inspiration!