Wednesday, 24 November 2010

billionaires shortbread

... I adore shortbread and have always been a fan of this wealthy persons kind... so when this months 'we should cocoa' challenge told us that caramel was the key ingredient, who was i to argue but make these delicious so-sweet-your-teeth-squeak treats?

... never made caramel before... I think I could have used a darker sugar to get that really golden colour but to be honest it tastes perfectly good, so I can live with it...

I've been inspired by Nigella to add salted peanuts to the caramel... I wouldn't have done it but when I found this recipe for the shortbread I read the comments and nearly all of them said they'd add salt to either the chocolate layer or the caramel layer, so I thought with my stomach and went with the salted nuts... the result is unusual but bordering on delicious!.... and still quite quite sweet!

Billionaires Shortbread

for the shortbread:
250g plain flour
75g caster sugar
175g butter

for the caramel:
50g butter
50g light muscavado sugar
1 x 397g can condensed milk

a handful of crushed, salted peanuts

for the topping:
200g plain choc

- pre heat the oven at 180 and grease your tin (I used a ceramic dish) roughly 33cm x33cm

- to make the shortbread simply mix all the ingredients into a dough and press into the base of the tin, bake for 20min until golden, set aside to cool

- to make the caramel simply melt the ingredients together in a pan, gently bring to a simmer for 5 mins until it thickens, stir ALL the time, add the peanuts and pour onto the cooled shortbread base, set aside to cool.

- melt the chocolate in the microwave and poor over the caramel and again, set aside to cool.

actually the most simple but effective recipe and they really are super sweet... did I mention that?

eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. Oh Dom that's a delicious recipe: my mouth is watering . . .

  2. Oooh yum!

    PS Was off work sick yesterday and day before, saw you on the telly! :)

  3. These look delicious. Well done for beating the deadline by so much!;)

  4. That's putting the pressure on!!!

    Looks delicious, love the idea of adding the peanuts.

  5. Mouthwatering :) Good luck for the competition :)

  6. billionaire!!! is that because of the added peanuts?? posher than millionaire shorbread!! looking so great! yum!!! :)

  7. billionaire because of the peanuts!

    I still haven't seen myself on TV yet but a friend has recorded it so i'll see it by the end of the week!


  8. Killer good! And I bet your teeth DO squeak biting into that sugary yum! A sure winner, Dom!

  9. Shortbread reminds me of the holidays for some reason! Your's looks delicious, I've never had homemade short bread - I'll bet it's great with a cup of tea! Have a great week!


  10. That looks so good, Dom. I am a big shortbread fan, too!!

  11. I'm going to have to steal this recipe!!! Every time I try to make billionaire's shortbread it just crumbles and oozes! Thanks for taking part with this recipe

  12. Gor-juss - as they would say on Strictly. I love salted caramel so the addition of peanuts for me is a marriage made in heaven...

  13. That looks very yummy - would be good for a high cal snack in my backpack on Sunday (14mile walk).

    I'm making the apple tart - your Mum's recipe but swapped the sultanas for chopped quince. Just popped back here to check the instructions.


  14. Thanks all for the kind words. I can't really take the credit ( other than adding the peanuts) I found the recipe on the BBC Good Food website. A lot of people commented that they followed the recipe to the letter but it went wrong, didn't set, burnt caramel etc but I think the trick is to stir the caramel continuously and let every layer cool before you start the next... just had another slice and my teeth are totally on edge!!!!

  15. Oh and good luck with the walk Celia. Hopefully mums apple flan will see you thru xx

  16. Ha! I have been charged with replicating Great Nan's Choc Caramel Shortbread - which we always used to have at Christmas! This is it. I will attempt to restore my family's equilibrium. If I wanted to not have it so sweet ????? More salty nuts, what sugar could I leave out or should I just "Bite the Bullet" (so to speak) Love You. x

  17. Hey, you made it well and truly before the deadline. And, what do you mean it was bordering on the delicious, it sounds completely delicious especially with those salty peanuts.

  18. ooh that looks so good, can i have some please?

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