Millionaire's Shortbread Illustration

Hello there... phewph it's been a busy day, but I'm super excited because I've actually managed to finish off my week 4 assignment for #risedesignandshine ahead of time! 
I know...I may have to go for a lie down now.

This weeks assignment was to illustrate a favourite recipe and I chose an old family favourite which is quite appropriate as I'm now residing in Bonnie Scotland.
It's shortbread (which is a huge favourite in Scotland) but not just ordinary shortbread...it's gorgeous Millionaire's Shortbread
Have you baked it before?
It's incredibly easy and as it was featured on last weeks 'The Great British Bake Off' I thought it just had to be my choice for this assignment.
My hubby and son think I need to bake it following these instructions just to make sure I have it all illustrated correctly.
They're calling it research...I have another name for it!

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Here's a closeup view for anyone who might want to use the recipe.

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If you'd like to see more... I posted a slightly different version of the recipe on my blog... way back in January 2012, when we lived in Melbourne.
(Click here
Oh boy looking back at some of these old blog posts, I baked an awful lot back then.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thanks for your visit today.
It's always great to see you and I'd love to hear from you too.

Millionaire's Shortbread....

I'm a little late posting today...its been that kind of day....
Well the truth is that I've been out and about with a friend, who treated me to a lovely lunch :D
{Possibly a future post about the restaurant}.

Meanwhile back to todays post....yesterday I finally got around to some baking. I know its been ages but I hope you like my choice ~ the boys did.
You've probably heard about Millionaire's shortbread before or maybe you know them as Chocolate caramel shortbread fingers?
They are shortbread with a caramel layer, topped with chocolate as the name suggests. A little more indulgent hence Millionaire's shortbread....anyway here they are and the recipe below.... I hope you like them


Oh I should say this recipe comes with a warning....Don't look if you're on a New Year's healthy diet regime.... but in my defence, it does make a lot and they last, plus they're great for just having a little square with a cuppa and you can cut them as small as you like....Am I getting away with it? ; )
Apologies for the photo's....I wasn't impressed because the tray had been in the fridge and then to cut pieces for the photo without cracking the chocolate topping was tricky. I should have let them come to room temperature or at least to warm a little from the fridge. I can't help it I'm impatient plus we are currently having a 34 degree celcius...Phewph...so the chocolate was beginning to melt a little too much for my licking liking (whoops a little slip there)

Recipe:-

Base Ingredients:
250g unsalted Butter @ room temperature
150g Caster Sugar
150g Cornflour
300g Flour
 
Middle Caramel Layer Ingredients:
1 x 397g tin of Condensed Milk
100g Caster Sugar
100g Butter
2 Tbspn Black Treacle

Top Chocolate Layer
3/4 pound good-quality Chocolate ~ Milk or Plain ~ depending on preference.


1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celcius (Gas Mark 3 and half ) 
2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
3. Sift together flours then add to butter and sugar mix.
4.Gently knead together to form a dough. Not too much handling to keep light.
5. Spread in base of greased plus papered or floured baking tin (20cm x 30cm)
6. Bake for 20 mins (approx)
7. To make caramel ~ Place butter, sugar, black treacle and tin of condensed milk into a pan. 
8. Gently melt together ~ stirring so that it doesn't stick to the bottom.
9. Boil gently for 5 minutes to form toffee.
10. Pour over the shortbread.
11. Melt chocolate in a bowl over a water vbath until smooth.
12. Cool slightly then pour over shortbread and caramel to make top.
13. Leave to cool and set.


It can be kept in fridge ~ if so, bring to room temperature before eating (although I like mine still chilled. Enjoy!

By the way "Gong Xi Fa Cai" ~ Happy Chinese New Year : D