Food of my youth. These are becoming my trademark offering, loved by everyone. I know the new trendy name is Millionaire’s Shortbread but I grew up calling them Chocolate Caramel Squares. You can obviously call them anything you like. On the same plate are strawberry and chocolate tarts and mini pavlovas.
These are now somewhat ubiquitous in the U.K. and available in every store, but the home made version is still something special. I have amended the traditional US shortbread proportions of 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup flour and have reduced the sugar as the filling is very sweet. I like to take the shortbread base to the edge and allow it to turn a lovely dark colour. Not burnt, I hasten to add but crispy to contrast with the soft filling. A slightly less well baked version will work perfectly well too so do not stress.
I find the caramel is still tricky and occasionally separates just as it has reached the required color. If this happens take the mixture of the heat and beat for a few minutes and it should return to a smooth caramel. If all the different stages seem too much, slice the job. Make the shortbread base one day, caramel the next and then finish with the chocolate nearer when you plan to eat them. Good Luck!
- 1 2/3 cups*/ 9 ounces/225g of all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup*/21/4 ounces/65g sugar ( I put a whole vanilla pod in my sugar container so there is always a subtle vanilla flavor)
- 1 2/3 sticks of butter*/61/2 ounces/170g( I always use salted, so add a pinch of salt if you do not)
- (I use the cups recipe when I make this recipe – a stick of butter is four ounces)
- 13/4 sticks/7ounces/200g butter
- large tin (379g) tin condensed milk
- 4 tablespoons golden syrup
- 10oz/250g Chocolate – I use half of a Trader Joe’s Belgian MILK chocolate block in the US, Cadburys Chocolate in the UK and in Denmark have found that Marabou works well (Thanks Avril for the heads up)..experiment!
- 1/4 sheet baking tray gives a nice thick square but in the UK I used to make these in Swiss roll tins, which also works.