Friday, 24 January 2014

salted caramel millionaires shortbread

... I think i've been taken for a mug.  Over the past couple of months i've been taking scraps of goodies into the office, particularly when i've been baking in London.  I'm happy to do this as it's nice to spread the love, it's easier on the wasteline than scarfing a whole tray of christmas cake brownies even though i'd love to and be more than able to... and of course i'm not shy of admitting I love the admiration of my peers... but yesterday a gang of kids from downstairs came up with a list of the kind of things they'd like me to bake, on a weekly basis, as though i'd be pleased with this little 'game' of theirs...

... the list included a black forest gateau, a lemon poppyseed cake and a coffee cake with coffee buttercream icing... I tried to put them off by telling them if they paid for ingredients i'd make the cakes but clearly it didn't seem to work...

salted caramel millionaires shortbread 
traybakes is the way to go when there are a number of people to feed and with my London oven being so tricky a traybake seems to be the only thing I can bake anyway, which is lucky... I quite fancy making a traybake black forest gateau so the kids may be fortunate afterall... I wanted to add something to it that was a little special so I used some gorgeous salted butter sent to me by Rodda's to make the caramel and it has lifted it all to a place where smiles happen...

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

for the caramel
50g salted butter
50g light muscavado sugar
1 x 397g can condensed milk
a little extra salt to taste (should be Maldon sea salt not table talt)

for the topping
200g good quality dark plain choc

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

to make the shortbread, 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.  You may want to add more salt depending on taste and the saltiness of your butter.  Once its nice and thick, pour onto the cooled shortbread base, set aside to cool.

melt the chocolate gently in a microwave or in a pan and poor over the caramel and again, set aside to cool before popping it into the fridge overnight.

eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. Wow that is cheeky!
    This salted caramel bake sounds gorgeous but I would really love to see the black forest gateau one. That was always my favourite if we ever ate out when I was young. Classy huh?!

  2. Might have to make this for my mum, she loves salted caramel. I wonder if there's a way to incorporate it into a rocky road style dessert?
    Lucy x
    La Lingua : Food + Life in Milano

  3. Pretty ballsy of those kids for sure... but I guess maybe you should be flattered that they think so highly of your baking that they are making requests? lol
    This shortbread looks amazing.. I wonder if you could bake one for me and send it to Arizona? :)

  4. To my chagrin, millionaire's shortbread, even more so than brownies is my compulsive square baked item I can never resist. I adore millionaire's shortbread (too much evidently) and get cross if the base is too crumbly and disintegrates on my lap.

    Loving the salt caramel element, I'm not sure I dare make a batch at home as I'd sit there eating it. Probably I'm safer with occasional bought one :-O

  5. Wow. I'm one step short of licking my computer screen - these look delicious! Also, loving the new logo & header.

  6. yum yum yum and LOVE the look

  7. OMG! I just saw another post on this richer than rich millionaire's shortbread and it looks equally wonderful right here ... right now! Christina and Dom ... bakers extraordinaire to the top 1% ! Here's to the millionaires!

  8. Gosh, that looks so delicious... I'm trying to cut down on the amount of sugar I eat, though. Argh!

  9. Agree, traybakes FTW! I am even more of a cheat and always do peanut butter flapjacks. Perhaps time to expand my repertoire- starting with this shortbread! p.s. Perhaps one day you should teach those kids how to bake all these things they want you to make for them- that will either 1. stop them from asking you or 2. turn them into mini masterchefs, both of which aren't bad outcomes ;)

  10. Cheeky beggars - but who could blame them when you make such tempting treats.

  11. Ha - I used to have a colleague who did a similar thing. She regularly emailed me recipes or pics off Pinterest saying, 'can you make us this, please?!'
    I LOVED this when I saw it on IG. Definitely one for the wishlist x

  12. That looks amazing, we adore salted caramel!

  13. This looks delicious! Katy @

  14. SORRY I am late, had such a manic weekend, I DO hope that there is some left for me please Dom! Bloody lush!

  15. I can never resist a millionaire's shortbread and this one looks sublime. Love the salted caramel twist. Not sure I dare make this - my workplace is at home looking after my son who is too little for this so I'd HAVE to eat the lot myself!

  16. Ha the cheeky devils! I get that quite often at work, I always take in the cakes I make for the blog because I simply wouldn't eat it all by myself. I have had people come up to me with magazines and shout MAKE ME THIS PLEEEEASE!

    I was also told to give up my day job and become a baker and that i'm wasted here. No thanks, my uncle's a baker and I really do not fancy getting up at 3am!

  17. Wow! This looks delicious!! I want a piece right now!


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