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Friday, 6 July 2012

Millionaires Shortbread

Millionaires' Shortbread has to be the ultimate indulgence of all time.

Imagine a crispy short and buttery base, spread with a totally scrumptious and rich caramel filling, and then covered with a crisp chocolate shell . . .

Each bite brings you an indulgently scrumptious taste of all three together.

mmmmmmmm . . . incredibly moreish . . .

Oh sure . . . You could buy it . . . they sell it in all the shops . . .

but . . . like all things . . .

Homemade is infinitely better . . .

Truly . . .

Would I lie to you????

*Millionaires' Shortbread*
Makes 24 squares
Printable Recipe

These are fabulous. The three textures . . . crisp shortbread base, gooey caramel centre and the crisp chocolate shell on top make for a decadently moreish bar. Bet you can't eat just one!!

For the Shortbread Base:
9 ounces flour
3 ounces caster sugar
6 ounces butter, cut into bits
For the Caramel:
4 ounces butter
4 ounces soft light brown sugar
2 - 397g tins of sweetened condensed milk
For the chocolate topping:
7 ounces good quality plain chocolate

Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/375*F. Butter a 13 by 9 inch swiss roll tin. Set aside.

Weigh the flour, sugar and butter into a bowl. Rub the butter into the flour and sugar with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Knead the mixture until it forms a dough. Press this into the base of the prepared tin, smoothing out evenly. Prick all over with a fork. Bake for 20 minutes, until firm to the touch and very lightly browned. Remove from the oven and cool.

To make the caramel, place all the caramel ingredients into a saucepan. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, stirring constantly. Bring to the boil, still stirring, then reduce the heat to low and cook very gently for about 5 minutes or so until the mixture has thickened slightly. Do not stop stirring as the mixture will catch and burn if you don't keep it moving. Remove from the heat and pour over the cooled shortbread base. Allow to cool completely.

To make the chocolate topping, break the chocolate into pieces and place into a bowl that you have set over simmering water. (Don't allow the bowl to touch the water) Melt completely, stirring occasionally. Pour over the cold caramel and leave to set. Cut into squares or bars to serve.

Note - you can vary the chocolate topping by melting about 3 ounces of each, dark, milk and white chocolate separately. Drop by dollops onto the top of the caramel and lightly swirl together to cover. Leave to set before cutting.


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  2. I can see that this is one of those recipes NOT to make if you don't like people hovering about the kitchen, taking one little nibble at a time (because the calories don't count that way, you know) :-) Looks decadent! A good way to make new friends.

    And lucky you to be living in England! You should stop in for my Anglophile Friday. :-)

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  3. Oh--my--goodness! I just finished making your incredible Crunchy Blueberry tart with fresh blueberries from our garden. I thought this was the ultimate until I see today's post! Marie - you really have us over the top with this one! I feel like a trillionaire! Who needs money when you can have this dessert!

  4. Marie!! This look amazing!!!! have a nice weekend!

  5. In general I can take or leave sweet things, but I do like Millionaire's Shortbread. I have never thought to make it. I've no excuse not to now that you have provided the recipe!

  6. I made this today in wintery Hobart - even though I caught the caramel through not paying attention stirring I strained it and it was DELICIOUS. Best part is that my children think it is too utterly utter so more for my husband and to yoga workout tomorrow! Rx

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