Sunday, 13 June 2010

millionaire's shortbread


long story short, i love TWIX! love love love!
my favorite candy bar! caramel, chocolate and shortbread.
that's heaven, definitely.
there are few names for these bars, millionaire's shortbread, chocolate caramel bars and of course, homemade twix bars.
any name you just cant go wrong with chocolate, caramel and butter ladden shortbread.

these bars are so good, i almost thought about finishing them all.
although there was a downside about this recipe.
the caramelized sweetened condensed milk.
no, i wont use that again next time.
i'll use real caramel. butter ladden real caramel.


and also, even though i said that i hate the caramelized sweetened condensed milk.
im actually 'okay' with it.
i got to a conclusion that my sweet tooth has largely increasing.
im OKAY with caramelized sweetened condensed milk?! WTF
i used to think that sweetened condensed milk is too sweet, it makes me dizzy.
and now, i dont even have the heart to giveaway this millionaire's shortbread.
i crave the super sweet filling, the caramelized sweetened condensed milk.
how could i?
this is a BIG DANGER!

its just, this is a perfect recipe for sweet tooth monster.
with oozing caramel in every bite.
and perfectly falky shortbread.
and chocolate.
please die.


Millionaire's Shortbread
- makes 24 bars -
Adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 /12 cups all-purpose flour
1 large egg yolk, slightly beaten
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Caramel filling
28 ounces sweetened condensed milk (two 14-ounce cans)

Chocolate glaze
6 ounces dark chocolate (60% cacao), coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, cut into cubes

For the shortbread:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. butter the bottom and sides of aa 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar and butter together until blended
3. Add 2 cups of the flour and salt and beat until well combined. Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat for a few seconds, or until just combined.
4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Dust the top of the dough and your hands with a little flour. Use your hands to gently work the dough into a 6-by-6-inch square. You will have to turn the dough and sprinkle the top with flour as you go. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup flour on the surface of the dough. Fold the dough over and knead until incorporated, then flatten the dough into a rectangle. Transfer the rectangle to the prepared pan and press it into the pan.
5. Prick the dough all over with a fork and bake in the center of the oven for 20 to 22 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

For the caramel filling:
1. Put the sweetened condensed milk in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cook on 50 percent power (medium) for 4 minutes, stirring briskly halfway through, until smooth.
2. Cook on 30 percent power (medium-low) for 12 to 18 minutes, until very thick and caramel colored, stirring briskly every 2 minutes, until smooth.
3. Pour the caramel filling over the cooled shortbread and place the pan in the refrigerator until cool, about two hours.

For the chocolate glaze:
1. In a large nonreactive metal bowl, combine the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the mixture is completely smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir for 30 seconds to cool slightly. Pour the mixture over the chilled caramel layer and use an offset spatula to spread it into an even layer.
2. Put in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until the glaze hardens.
3. Remove the pan from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving so as not to crack the chocolate glaze. Cut into squares and serve.
4. The bars can be stored in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to 4 days.



Chele said...

Hehehehe - your post has made me giggle. I love condensed milk but not such a fan of Millionaire's Shortbread - my Husband on the other hand loves the stuff.

Anonymous said...

wow, this look so awesome! love your photos as well :)

Cassidy said...

that looks SO yummy ! i'll have to print out this recipe !

Cassidy said...

that looks SO yummy ! i'll have to print out this recipe !