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Millionaire Chocolate Caramel Squares

Published 09/08/2015 | 02:30

Millionaire chocolate squares
Millionaire chocolate squares

Chocolate and caramel and shortbread… Oh my! These little caramel squares are perfect for picnics, bakes sales or birthday parties. I make a cheat's caramel which is super easy! A batch of these little treats don't hang around long, so I suggest doubling the recipe!

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Millionaire Chocolate Caramel Squares

Makes 16 squares

You will need

For the shortbread base: 100g butter, plus extra for greasing

175g self-raising flour

50g caster sugar

For the topping: 200g caster sugar

½ tsp sea salt

4 tbsp golden syrup

200g butter

1 x 400g tin of condensed milk

200g dark or milk chocolate, roughly chopped

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 22 x 22 x 4cm baking tin with butter. In a bowl, use your fingertips to rub together the butter and flour for the shortbread base, then mix in the sugar. Press the mixture into the baking tin and bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Leave the oven turned on.

While the base is cooking, prepare the salted caramel. Place all the topping ingredients, except the chocolate, in a saucepan over a low-medium heat and allow to melt, then bring to the boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes until you have achieved a nice toffee colour, stirring regularly to ensure the sauce doesn't catch on the bottom of the pan.

Pour the caramel over the shortbread base and place back in the oven to cook for 6-8 minutes. When done, remove the baking tin from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of shallow simmering water, then pour the melted chocolate over the cooled caramel and spread evenly with a palette knife. Once the chocolate has set, slice into 16 squares, or smaller ones if you want them to stretch further.

Co Couture

I filmed with the talented folks behind Co Couture for the latest series of Donal’s Irish Feast. They use the finest raw ingredients for their range of chocolates and bars, and make everything by hand in small batches, which ensures superior quality. Worth a visit when you’re next in Belfast!

Buy: cocouture.co.uk

Cocoa Atelier

Hardcore chocolate lovers will already be well aware of Cocoa Atelier, nestled away on Drury Street in Dublin. Described as a ‘chocolate boutique’, an afternoon pick-me-up from this gem is a must after a busy afternoon in the city. They boast some of the best French macarons, luxury chocolates and a collection of beautiful, edible gifts well worth picking up for that foodie in your life!

See cocoaatelier.ie

Eric Lanlard’s Chocolat

One of the best things I’ve discovered since starting my YouTube channel is the amazing online community it has introduced me to. Since the channel launched, I’ve collaborated with some brilliant chefs including Frenchman Eric Lanlard. Eric is a master pastry chef and chocolatier, and his book Chocolat is a must-read for any chocoholic. Check out his YouTube channel for more recipe ideas or pick up a copy of the book in good book shops.

See youtube.com/ericlanlard

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