We've been meaning to make billionaire's shortbread (ie millionaire's shortbread with edible gold leaf on top) for ages. Today we finally got round to it, and I discovered how tricky gold leaf is to handle. With it sticking to fingers and brushes and ripping so easily, it brought back memories of science lessons, and being warned by our teacher to be careful with gold leaf electroscopes in which a little strip of gold leaf flapped at the slightest hint of static electricity. We thought that if we touched it and it broke, we'd be charged ££££ to replace it.
Even though gold leaf doesn't cost a fortune, I still can't quite believe we have put real gold on chocolate, especially as it doesn't make a difference to the taste. But it does look quite glamorous. I guess this is how things are when you are a billionaire.