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How To Make Millionaire’s Shortbread

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Shortbread connoisseurs will know that millionaire’s shortbread is a luxurious and indulgent shortbread. For those who’ve never heard of a millionaire’s shortbread, it’s a treat which has three layers consisting of a shortbread base, caramel filling and a chocolate topping. Tasting a millionaire’s shortbread is similar to eating a Twix bar. But it’s possible to make this gorgeous looking treat at home and it’s easy to do once you know how. It can be made as a special treat for the New Year celebrations or for any special occasion.
What you'll need: 
225 grams salted butter (for base)
100 grams caster sugar (for base)
250 grams plain flour (for base)
2 tablespoons cornflour (for base)
397 gram sweetened condensed milk (for filling)
175 grams sugar (for filling)
175 grams butter (for filling)
4 tablespoons golden syrup (for filling)
75 gram milk chocolate (for topping)
75 gram white chocolate (optional - for topping)
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees and line a square baking tray with baking paper. For shortbread base, place salted butter and caster sugar in a food processor and blend until fluffy. Add the flour and cornflour a little at a time until the dough forms together.
Transfer mixture into a square baking tin lined with baking paper and press down evenly. Prick all over it with a fork and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
To make the topping, put the butter, syrup, sugar and condensed milk in a saucepan. Stir over a low heat and simmer for 8 minutes. Continue to stir often until mixture has reduced and thickened. Remove from the heat once it’s thickened. Spread the caramel filling over the shortbread base evenly and leave to cool completely.
For the topping, melt the milk chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Melt the white chocolate in a separate bowl as well. Pour the milk chocolate over the caramel filling and spread evenly. Drizzle the white chocolate on top of the milk chocolate and use a toothpick or fork to create a swirl pattern with both chocolates. Leave to cool and place in the fridge to set. If you don’t want to add the white chocolate, you can leave the milk chocolate to cool and set by itself. You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave.
Once it has set, cut into small squares with a sharp knife. If it's set too hard, let the chocolate topping soften a bit for 15 minutes at room temperature. This will stop the chocolate topping from cracking when cutting into it.
You can now eat or serve your millionaire’s shortbread.
Millionaire shortbread can be served as a dessert with ice cream or as a biscuit with a drink. Dulce de leche can be used instead of making your own caramel. Dulce de leche is a prepared sweet milky caramel that can be brought from food shops or from online sites. To use Dulce de leche from a jar, heat some in a heatproof bowl over simmering water and spread over shortbread base. You can also spread the caramel straight from the jar unto the base and chill in fridge to set for 1 hour. You can then follow the rest of instructions as above. You can also use Carnation caramel in a similar way, which comes in a jar or squeeze bottle. Making your own millionaire’s shortbread means you can make it according to your taste. It's also a great way to welcome in the New Year in style. This treat doesn’t last for long when you share it, so make sure you save yourself a piece.
Shortbread biscuits can be crushed and mixed with melted butter for the base instead.
You can replace the flour and cornflour with whole oats for a millionaire flapjack.
The shortbread base can be made by hand, just mix the ingredients well together.
When making your own caramel filling, always stir often to prevent the sauce from burning.
Store the millionaire’s shortbread in the fridge.


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