Monday, 27 April 2009

Caramel Shortbread aka the Diet Killer

I have a guilty secret - I also love non cake treats...sssshhh! I had such a sweet craving last night so I whipped up a batch of Caramel/Millionaires Shortbread and it came out perfect. I use a recipe I found on All Recipes here with a slight amendment to the caramel section of the recipe. I will repost the entire amended recipe but please note I give full credit to the person who posted it at All Recipes:
Shortbread Base
  • 150 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 50 g granulated sugar
  • 155 g plain flour
Caramel Filling
  • 150 g butter
  • 150 g packed light brown sugar
  • 397ml can of condensed milk
Topping
  • 200g Milk Chocolate
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).
  2. For the base - In a medium bowl, mix together butter, sugar, and flour until evenly crumbly. Press into a 9 inch square baking pan. Prick with a fork all over. Bake for 20 minutes.
  3. For the filling - Place the butter and sugar into a non-stick pan and stir over a medium heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. To make a golden caramel, add the condensed milk, stirring continuously, until the first bubbles appear on the surface. Remove from the heat as soon as it comes to the boil.
  4. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute, then stir and continue to heat and stir at 20 second intervals until chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour chocolate over the caramel layer and spread evenly to cover completely. Chill. Cut into 1 inch squares. These need to be small because they are so rich.
Please note: this shortbread is highly addictive.

6 comments:

  1. These look very delicious!! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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  2. It is very delicious, I would really recommend making it if you're having a sweet craving!

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  3. Hi Liana
    i wondered if i could ask you a question when you use american recipes and it says all purpose flour or corn syrup what do you use?
    Sometimes these recipes put me off because they have different measurements and ingredients hope you don't mind me asking.
    Tracy x
    t.harrod@sky.com

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  4. Hi Tracy,

    Course I don't mind you asking, for all purpose flour I use plain flour and for corn syrup I did try substitutes like golden syrup but it just isn't the same so I actually buy corn syrup online.

    They sell it in Selfridges (about £4 per bottle) and it lasts me ages so I would recommend buying some if you can. I use this site a lot http://www.americansweets.co.uk/karo-light-corn-syrup-16fl-470ml-476-p.asp and this is exactly the corn syrup I use. Most american recipes use cups as measurements but you can buy cup measurements in Lakeland now so don't let it put you off, you can also find conversions on Google now so just enter in 1cup of flour in grams and it brings it up.

    Hope that helps,
    Liana

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  5. These look absolutely gorgeous. My husband keeps asking me to bake millionaire shortbread for him but I know I'll end up eating so much of it myself I resist! I may have to have a go. Have you heard of Chocstar? Petra that owns it does trillionaire shortbread and its amazing (some pics here http://thelambshankredemption.blogspot.com/2009/12/this-time-next-year.html)

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  6. OMG - I think I just gained a stone looking at that shortbread!! Choc Star looks fab, I have been toying with the idea of a cupcake truck (very NYC) so its great to see her with her truck at events. Let me know how you get on if you make the shortbread for your Hubby, I can't have it in the house after I make it or I just eat it all too :)

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