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Caramel Shortbread Recipe

Updated on January 2, 2014
Caramel shortbread
Caramel shortbread | Source
5 stars from 3 ratings of Caramel Shortbread

Shortbread Base

Weigh out the butter.This needs to be at room temperature
Weigh out the butter.This needs to be at room temperature | Source
Add the sugar to the butter and cream them together until light & fluffy
Add the sugar to the butter and cream them together until light & fluffy | Source
To the creamed mixture add the dry mixture
To the creamed mixture add the dry mixture | Source
Mix together the dry ingredients and rub in with your fingers to make a breadcrumb texture.
Mix together the dry ingredients and rub in with your fingers to make a breadcrumb texture. | Source
Put the mix into a 12'' baking tin.
Put the mix into a 12'' baking tin. | Source
Even out the mix and flatten with the back of a large spoon
Even out the mix and flatten with the back of a large spoon | Source
Prick over the shortbread base with a fork
Prick over the shortbread base with a fork | Source

“Weight watchers” look away now!

This is a dessert with a difference. It is not low in fat, nor is it low in sugar, but it will be one of the best desserts you have made…….. ever.

How would I describe this dessert?

A rich buttery shortbread base, filled with a rich creamy caramel and finished with a decadent dark chocolate.

When I was young and just getting into baking, my first project was shortbread. Later on in one of my mother’s “Bero Cookbooks” I came across this recipe of caramel and chocolate.

I have never had a bad batch yet. Since those early years I have tweaked this recipe to my liking and it has always been a winner with family and friends.

It is believed this dessert came from Scotland. Other names used for this are “millionaires slice”, “millionaires’ shortbread” and when you take your first bite you will know why.

Shortbread Ingredients

  • 250g (18oz) Plain flour
  • 200g (8oz) Butter
  • 100g (4oz) Brown or white sugar
  • 100g (4oz) Rice flour

For the shortbread

  1. Cream the softened butter with the sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the two flours and mix together with the butter mixture. Finish off with your fingers, to make a breadcrumb textured mix.
  3. Place the mix into a 12" baking tin and flatten down with the back of a dessert spoon. Once flattened, prick the mix with a fork which will allow the caramel to hold onto it.
  4. Place in a preheated oven at 160C, 325F for about 25 mins or until slightly browned. When baked, take out and leave to cool.

Caramel Ingredients

150g (60z) Butter

100g (4oz) Brown or white sugar

397g (14oz) Can condensed milk

2 tbs Golden syrup / Corn syrup

1/2 tsp Vanilla paste

150g (6oz) Plain chocolate for topping

For the Caramel filling

  1. Place the butter, sugar, syrup & the condensed milk into a saucepan and gently heat stirring constantly to avoid burning. The mixture should start to turn a caramel color after about 6-10 minutes.
  2. Test the thickness of the caramel by dropping a small amount onto a saucer with cold water and feel with fingers for a good caramel consistency.
  3. When desired consistency is achieved, stir in 1/2 tsp of vanilla paste or 1 tsp vanilla essence and pour over the cooled shortbread.
  4. Chocolate Topping: Once the caramel has cooled. Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie and pour over the caramel spreading evenly.

Caramel Filling

Add butter & sugar to a heavy based saucepan
Add butter & sugar to a heavy based saucepan | Source
Add a good squirt of Golden syrup or corn syrup
Add a good squirt of Golden syrup or corn syrup | Source
Pour in the can of condensed milk
Pour in the can of condensed milk | Source
Heat gently and keep stirring until caramel begins to thicken. Test by dropping a small amount of caramel mix on a saucer of cold water, if it thickens its ready.
Heat gently and keep stirring until caramel begins to thicken. Test by dropping a small amount of caramel mix on a saucer of cold water, if it thickens its ready. | Source
Pour over the cooled shortbread base.
Pour over the cooled shortbread base. | Source

Bain-Marie Chocolate Topping

Use a good quality chocolate for topping.
Use a good quality chocolate for topping. | Source
Melt chocolate in a bowl sitting on top of a pan with boiling water
Melt chocolate in a bowl sitting on top of a pan with boiling water | Source
Spread the chocolate evenly over the caramel.You should have a nice glossy finish.
Spread the chocolate evenly over the caramel.You should have a nice glossy finish. | Source

TIPS

  • You can add your own twist to this basic recipe by adding raisins or dried cranberries to the caramel just before pouring over the shortbread base.
  • Add your favorite nuts to the caramel or candied orange peel to put an extra texture to your dessert.
  • After adding the chocolate topping, leave at room temperature to set, but before it hardens completely, cut into desired shape, squares or slices before chilling in the refrigerator.
  • Add a pinch of salt to the caramel while it´s slowly heating up, it really does enhance the flavor.
  • If you don't have rice flour you can just use normal plain. Rice flour adds a different texture.

Will you make it?

Caramel is becoming more popular in the U.S.A, especially since President Obama made the claim that caramel sweets are among his favorites.

I´m sure if he tried this it would be given his presidential seal of approval.

Now you are ready for a great treat with your coffee
Now you are ready for a great treat with your coffee | Source

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Forget the diet, just enjoy life and your food. I have to be careful, i made this batch for the Hub and just kept eating slice after slice. If you make it, better invite your friends around.

      Thanks for comenting.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      I just love butter and I am going to try this one some day ... even though I might have to go on diet for a week after words but I would. Rich Caramel and butter.. my weakness

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thanks bac2basics, my theory is forget diets and just enjoy your food. That gives you license eat all the good stuff. You need have pleasures through your day. So get the oven on!

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi lemonkerdz...Mmm scrummy yummy. I love caramel shortbread but didn´t have a recipe, so thanks for this one. I loved the advice to weight watchers and all the step by step photo´s too. Great job

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thank you Cris Sp for your visit and pinning.

      As mentioned in my plain shortbread hub, it was one of my first baking projects as a child. It is a simple child friendly recipe.

      And you are right, home baking needs to be promoted more. Enjoy

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hmm...look so yummy! I will definitely make this! My daughter and I love shortbread. She's fond of baking but have never tried making shortbread before. I am definitely passing this to her.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Nothing beats homemade food! Up and pinning.

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thanks for voting and sharing FullOfloveSites, it's woth every oz you put on from eating it. It is a sturdy dessert and you only need a thin slice so it will go around the whole family and friends.

      Enjoy.

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      It's like one of the rice cakes I've tasted, with a caramelized topping; but of course, this one's more solid because of the plain flour. Looks so tempting. Weight watchers, just give in and indulge even for just a while. Hehehe. Voted up and shared. :)

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Apreciate your comments vespawoolf, Yes Obama has added a little something to the culinary world.

      The little pinch of salt does really bring out the taste in caramel, always worth it.

      Thanks for sharing

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I didn´t realize we owe caramel´s popularity to Obama! I will definitely go for the pinch of salt and rice flour. I can´t wait to try this one! Thank so much for another great recipe. Voted up and shared.