I used to roll my eyes skyward when some old wind bag would recount stories of the bygone days, when they were wild! Pshh! Like what? They had two glasses of wine instead of one and stayed up until 1 am watching Dynasty?
It’s been 18 years since I graduated from the American Community Schools of Athens. Most of my friends are scattered all over the globe. Luckily, (and inevitably) a few friends who had family in Greece have stayed on and whenever I come to Athens we meet up.
I see my highschool friends so infrequently that often the memory of them that I have closest to the surface of my consciousness is of some crazy antic we pulled -partying unchaperoned on the islands or when we used to infest the abandoned mansion in Kiffissia and have ourselves a little P * A * R * T * Y.
Then, like a film, the present is spliced into the past and I am left there with two conflicting images. Crazy teenagers v.s. adult and wonderful mom ( Domesticated Bee)
Last Sunday we were invited for lunch at E & A’s in Pendeli. In total we were 5 young mothers, 5 children under 3 and 4 husbands (my own was in Berlin). The girls talked about the good, the bad and the ugly of motherhood. While the boys took frequent smoking breaks on the veranda.
More than once the thought crossed my mind that we had become our parents. Sure, the music is better, our homes aren’t cluttered with knick knacks but we have grown up and we have kids!
My friend and her husband put out quite a spread. Beets, beet greens, roast potatoes, feta cheese, sausage stew and an incredible Fasolada. I am hoping I can get my friend to guest post that recipe here one of these days.I brought a Lemon Drizzle cake and a Millionaire Bar and only managed to take a picture of the Lemon Drizzle. It was the Millionaire Bar that the majority went for so that is the recipe I am posting here today with a thousand apologies that I forgot to take a picture!
A Millionaire bar is like a homemade decomposed Twix bar. There is a shortbread layer, a caramel layer and a chocolate layer. It seems like it would be a royal pain in the behind to make because of the 3 layers but it’s really straight forward and you need only 6 ingredients.
Millionaire Biscuits (Adapted from Elle A Table, March-April 2010)
4 tablespoons soft brown sugar
125g (cut in 1 cm cubed) + 55g butter
400ml condensed milk (the sweet one)
200ml evaporated milk
200g plain chocolate
1. Pre-heat oven to 190C
2. Line a 23cm square tin with baking parchment, allow some of the parchment to hang over the edges of the tin so you can release your millionaire bar later.
3. Using your hands, rub 125g of butter with 175g of sieved flour until the mixture reassembles fine bread crumbs (or just dump the butter and flour in a mixer and pulse). Add in the sugar and mix thoroughly until you have a dough.
4. Press the dough into the tin and prick all over with a fork (to prevent it from pillowing up during baking). Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Let it cool down.
5. Meanwhile put 55g butter, 400ml condensed milk, 200ml evaporated milk into a pan and bring to the boil – stirring the entire time. Lower the heat and wait for the mixture to thicken and turn caramel coloured (about 15 minutes). You will have to stir often to prevent it from burning on the bottom. Pour the caramel over the biscuit base and spread evenly.
6. Melt the chocolate in a bain marie. Pour over the caramel and tilt the pan to spread evenly. Let it set a little and then cut into squares (if you let the chocolate set it will shatter when you try to cut it)