Chocolate Caramel Shortbread

As I need to learn to bake more items that I’ve not baked more or have little experience of baking, I have asked people to tell me what to bake each weekend.

Last weekend’s task was to make Chocolate Caramel Shortbread (or Millionaires Shortbread as it’s also known).

I’d never made this before so relished a new challenge.

I followed a recipe from BBC food. I made the shortbread and cooked it in the oven. Once cooled I brought the condensed milk to a boil with the butter and syrup until it thickened. I left to cool slightly, the poured over the shortbread.

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Once the caramel had fully cooled and set I then covered it with the melted milk chocolate. I put the whole thing in the fridge to set completely.

When it was set I attempted to cut into squares. This was when I realised that perhaps there was too much caramel even though I had followed the recipe to the letter!

The chocolate cracked of its own accord and the caramel just squidged as I tried to cut through the chocolate. The result was some rather large, unevenly cut shortbread pieces! (see below pic).

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Unhappy with this first attempt, I decided to try another recipe to see if I could make a better batch. This time I used the recipe from the Carnation website

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I still think there was too much caramel and would think about using perhaps half the amount next time, but at least this attempt turned out much better and I was able to cut into squares!

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