The shortbread of millionaires (and peasants)

I’ve mentioned before that getting hold of ingredients here is tricky, having cravings for things can be well, frankly pointless. But sometimes, just sometimes you can crave and create with little effort.

I searched around on the internet for the easiest recipe and trust me there are some long-winded, almost scientific recipes out there for millionaires shortbread.

This is the easiest one by far:

The following are the ingredients for the shortbread base
8 oz plain flour
4 oz butter
2 oz caster sugar

Ingredients for the caramel filling
4 oz margarine or butter
4 oz soft brown sugar
2 level tablespoons golden syrup
5 fl oz condensed milk

Ingredients for the topping
4 oz plain chocolate
½ oz butter
Preheat the oven to 180oC, gas mark 4.Grease an 8” square tin.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour and stir until the mixture begins to bind together. Knead until smooth. Press evenly into the tin and prick well. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and firm. Allow to cool in the tin.

Place the filling ingredients in a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Slowly bring the mixture to the boil and then boil, gently, stirring, for 5-7 minutes, until thick. Allow to cool slightly before pouring over the base.

Melt the chocolate and butter together and stir well. Spread over the caramel filling. Allow to set before cutting into squares.

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