donderdag 12 januari 2012

Valentine Shortbread

Fot the second time I made millionair shortbread. I think you can call it a homemade twix too. But this batch was made with little hearts on top. That's why I decided to call it, Valentine Shortbread.

And it will look like this after it's finished. See those little hearts?






































These were made on a late mondaynight, so I could take them to work the next day. Making them earlier would have been better for taking a photo in natural light, but then I wouldn't have much too take with me. These are a big hit, Dordt and the kids love these. Even my mother, who doesn't have much of a sweettooth, likes them.

Needless to say at work they were gone in the blink of an eye. Nobody said no and that for january. The ultimate diet month! I only had 3. Two on mondaynight and 1 at work. Could have been better, definately could have been worse. Afterall I lost 12 (yikes TWELVE) kilo in the last year and I want to keep it off.

Now I will tell you how these were made.

Crust:
225 gr unsalted butter in cubes (room temparature)
2/3 cup castor sugar (I keep two vanille pods in my sugar)
2 2/3 cup flour
½ ts salt

Caramel:
50 gr unsalted butter
50 gr dark brown sugar
1 can of condensed milk

Chocolate:
100 gr pure chocolate (70% or more)
100 gr milk chocolate
20 g white chocolate

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 160 celsius and line a 24 cm tin with greaseproof paper.

Mix the butter and sugar together thoroughly with a mixer. Add in the flour and salt and mix until crumbly. It will look like sand with some clumbs. Press into the lined tin and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.

Next time I will try this recipe for shortbread. It's by Lorraine Pascale. I recently saw an episode of Baking Made Easy on BBC and now I must admit, I am in love with that show! And that shortbread looked so good! Mine was a little bit too dry, I think there is too much flour in there. But it was delicious anyway!

When the crust is in the oven prepare the caramel. Melt the butter with the sugar in a saucepan and then add the condensed milk. Now it's just about stirring. About 10/15 minutes. Let it come to a simmer and never, ever leave it alone! It will burn in seconds. This link to WikiHow explains it quite well.

In the time you are preparing the caramel the shortbread is done. Take it out of the oven and, when the caramel is ready. Pour it over the shortbread. It will look like this.






































Leave it to cool for about an hour. If you would pour chocolate over it right away the layers will mix.

After an hour melt the dark and milk chocolate. I use my microwave for this. Give it some time on medium, stir and put it back if it is not melted enough. When melted pour it over the caramel and spread it evenly.

When you are done start melting the white chocolate. I decided to do little heart on top. To do so you need to make little dots of white chocolate on your dark chocolate layer. They have to been even in size and distance. You will need a piping bag or something similar for this to get nice results. When all the dots are done use a little toothpick and draw a line from the middle of the top dot straight down to the last in the row. For an even better explanation, see this website. I got the inspiration here.

Mine looked like this when I was ready.


Perfect for Valentine's day!

Please leave a comment to tell me what you think :)

2 opmerkingen:

  1. Oooooh Mariska, dat ziet er weer geweldig uit! Het water loopt me in de mond.... mjam mjam smel smek

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  2. Ow wow! Dat ziet er lekker uit! Ik ga dit zeker een keer proberen en ik ga je blog zeker volgen!! Heerlijk!!!
    (bedankt Tessa voor je link via FaceBook)

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