Sunday, 20 March 2016

BAKING: EASTER CARAMEL SHORTBREAD



  • Caramel Shortbread is a gorgeous, very sweet treat that many of us love. You've got three layers of 
    absolute decadence, the smooth, hard chocolate topping which your teeth sinks through until it reaches the luscious, gooey caramel before meeting a crisp, golden shortbread. You definitely don't need much of this to be satisfied! Getting close to easter now, I wanted a bit of an ode to the spring holiday so topped mine with mini eggs and adorable Malteaser bunnies! I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!

  • YOU WILL NEED:

  • 300g unsalted butter, softened
  • 160g plain flour
  • 397g condensed milk 
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 200g plain chocolate
  • Any toppings you want to decorate, e.g. Creme eggs, mini eggs, malteaser bunnies...go wild!
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  • A square or rectangle baking tin with baking paper

1) After preheating your oven to 180°C, you want to combine 150g of the unsalted butter with 50g of caster sugar before adding in all of the flour. You'll end up with a crumbly mess that to me looks a bit like popcorn!


2) Dump this into your greased baking tin and using the back of a wet spoon (this really helps, trust me!), work the mixture evenly into the corners of the tin. When this is done, prick with a fork all over and pop into your oven for roughly 25 minutes or whenever it is golden brown. Then remove and leave to cool completely. 


3) For the caramel, add the condensed milk, 150g of butter and 150g caster sugar to a saucepan which you want over a low heat. You need to stir this constantly and when it's all melted together, turn up the heat to about medium but you need to keep your eye on it at all times and KEEP STIRRING! 

4) The mixture should thicken and turn golden and after about ten minutes when it's boiling ever so slightly (I'm talking the odd bubble, here and there), remove the pan from the heat and pour into a bowl to allow it to cool slightly. Once your shortbread is completely cool, pour over the gorgeous, thick caramel and leave in the fridge for an hour. 

5) Break up all your chocolate into a microwavable bowl and pop it in the microwave for 30 second intervals until it's almost completely melted and then stir. The heat well help melt the remaining chocolate.


6) Pour the melted chocolate over your shortbread and caramel and leave for a further 30 minutes in the fridge. When you add your extras to the chocolate layer, you don't want it to melt because of the heat of the chocolate but you still want it to stick well. Add absolutely anything you want, I went with an easter theme but you can choose anything you'd like!

7) After another hour or so in the fridge, cut your shortbread into whatever size pieces you so desire!





As you can imagine, these were very difficult to photograph! There is not much 'pretty' about them, but they are certainly seriously tasty! Let me know if you're planning on doing any baking this Easter!

Emily x

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52 comments

  1. These look delicious and so easy to make!

    Parie x
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  2. Ugh these look so damn good it's making me kinda sick/hangry. Definitely saving this recipe :) xx

    Moany Mouse | Scottish Lifestyle Blog

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  3. I make caramel shortbread sometimes as I have an amazing family recipe passed down to me by my Grandma! I love how the malteser bunnies look alongside the mini eggs, super cute.

    Ruby xoxo
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  4. These looks so yummy, I want one in front of me to eat right now! Thanks for sharing the recipe, something to keep me busy over the bank holiday weekend. =^-^=

    Sam | Momentarily Dreaming

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  5. Ahh these are so cute! Perfect alternative to giving someone an Easter Egg! x

    Small&Blonde♥

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  6. How can you say they don't look pretty?! They look adorable - especially the little bunny with the mini eggs! They seem so easy to make - will definitely be trying to make these! Xx

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  7. These look and sound amazing, yum!

    xx Kelly
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  8. Omg I am so making these!!!

    Renee | Lose The Road

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  9. Wow these look amazing. So festive!

    Heba xx || The Heba

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  10. These look incredible, I think I'm going to make some Easter treats this week! xo

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  11. Great post dear! These looks so delicious!,
    xx Pisa
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  12. You make me hungry...... It looks so delicious! and I love chocolate! :P

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  13. Looks so yummy! Need to try this recipe :) x

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  14. This sounds amazing! I will definitely be trying this recipe, will pin for later.

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

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  15. OMG! This is so adorable and looks so tasty!

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

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  16. I actually do think these look quite pretty, they look delicious too! I feel like they would be really fun to decorate.

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  17. Wow! This looks so cute and delicious and easy to make! So perfect for easter. Thank you for sharing this~!


    GG Memochou

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  18. I'm definitely making these ! Me and my girlfriend are doing a bake sale soon and these would be perfect :) I LOVE caramel shortbread but never knew how to make it and you've decorated them in such a cute way :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  19. Oh, how amazing does this look! I need to bake these :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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  20. They are definitely VERY pretty and I am sure so delicious <3 Such a perfect treat to share before Easter, thanks hon :)
    p.s. Love your new header!!
    xox Nadia
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  21. Yummy! These look delicious! I love a millionaire shortbread.
    Loving the Easter theme to them also, very cute!
    Alice x

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  22. Oh my lord, Emily, legitimately no joke - my tummy is rumbling. These look incredible and reminded me how much I have missed a good ol' caramel slice!! But you have made it beyond cute!!! *heart eyes emoji* Jealous of the people who got to taste test this with you :P

    Raashi
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  23. These look good and great fun to make for the coming weekend.

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  24. These just look amazing! And they certainly ARE pretty :)

    Sophie | Dreams and Colour Schemes

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  25. OH MY GOSH THESE LOOK SO GOOOD :( I now kinda regret clicking this post in the middle of the night

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  26. OH EM GEE these look delicious and we will most def be making some this weekend!

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  27. OMG!!!! This makes me wanna go to the kitchen and start cooking now :)

    Have an amazing week!
    Lots of love,
    Kayla xo // Kayla's Vibration

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  28. These look absolutely amazing even better if those are Malteaster bunnies and cadbury's mini eggs - two of my favourite things!

    Cultivation of Jasmin

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  29. I do something very similar but with digestive biscuits as base, never thought of making shortbread though so thank you for the inspiration, Emily!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  30. Shortbread is really underrated as a biscuit. I think it's absolutely divine, especially with caramel and chocolate on top. I love the added Easter candy bits. So festive!

    xx Yasmin
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  31. Oh yum, this looks so tasty! Love the Easter decorations, what a great addition to a classic treat :)

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  32. These look so gorgeous I definitely need to try them! Caramel shortbread is one of my guilty pleasures!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  33. O god this looks so amazing. This caramel short bread looks so yum. I am surely going to try this.Thanks for sharing :)

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  34. This is such a fab recipe! I wish I wasn't so useless at baking... I tried a couple of times and it ended up a complete disaster! Maybe one day when I'm feeling brave again I will give it a shot... This shortbread looks absolutely delicious! :)

    Kay
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  35. I've never tried caramel shortbread before, this sounds delicious! These look super cute too for Easter, I could see these being sold in a bakery somewhere they look professional.

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  36. These looks so incredibly cute and so tasty! I haven't ever tried shortbread before but I feel so intrigued! xx

    Filippa ⎮ Always a Dot

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  37. Oh my gosh no, I knew I shouldn't have clicked but now that I have I'm going to have to make it! These look too good to resist and so cute as well. Perfect Easter treat!

    Sally - DiagonSally

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  38. These look so cute and soooo yummy!!! =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  39. I love your blog! Your header is adorable too! Great post. These look very yummy.

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  40. My son would love to eat this. Ha!! Yummy and sweet!
    Thanks for the recipe, Emily. :)

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  41. Seriously, there's nothing so delicious as scrolling through photos of a chocolate recipe - yum! This is such a fun Easter recipe and one most people are guaranteed to love :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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  42. Mmmm...chocolate bunnies to eat. Almost as good as the real thing! OM NOM NOM NOM. I love new recipes to try out, these look absolutely delish!

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

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  43. Wow! These look amazing! And i love them malteaser bunnies they're the best!

    Darriyan xx | darriyancateland.blogspot.com

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  44. Looks super tasty! Hope you have a wonderful easter weekend!

    Maireem | My Fair Autumn | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat: myfairautumn

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  45. Wow! I am simply salivating them and they look yummy!

    Chaste & Beautiful

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  46. Looks delicious..Thanks for sharing the recipe..

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  47. Your blog is absolutely adorable! And this recipe, looks so yummy! Well done!

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  48. Oh my god. I think that this has to be one of the cutest things I've ever seen haha! Lovely post!xx

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  49. These look amazing...You're making me crave chocolate right now!
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  50. Chocolate with caramel the best combination forever! They look so cute and unbelievable delicious.

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