Thursday, 3 December 2009

Caramel chocolate shortbread, elf antics and more!

You only need a small piece of this and it of course has no calories *cough* so nothing to worry about then! ;)


4 oz butter
6 oz plain flour
2 oz caster sugar

(filling and topping)
6 oz butter
4 oz caster sugar
3 tbsp golden syrup
14 oz can condensed milk
7 oz good quality dark chocolate (broken into pieces)


1. Grease and line the bottom of 9in shallow square cake tin (not too shallow as there is a lot of filling!) Place the butter flour and sugar in a food processor and process until it starts to bing together. Press into the pan and level the top. Bake in a preheated oven (180 degrees c/350 f) for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.2. While this is cooking make the caramel. Place the butter, sugar, syrup and condensed milk in a heavy based pan. Heat gently until the sugar has melted. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes stirring all the time until very thick. Pour over the shortbread and chill in the fridge for 2 hours or until firm.3. Melt the chocolate and allow to cool a little before spreading over the caramel. Chill for 2 hours or until set and then cut into pieces.... rehome into air tight containers. (I prefer mine nice and cold so pop mine into clear boxes, label with the date and keep mine chilled in the fridge)Im going to give myself a little shout out here ..... look!! I was featured in the Dec issue of Craft Stamper magazine! Me and one other lady were given a sketch to work to and this is what i made........ I love my 99p Ikea mirrors!! ;)

Day 2 of the little mischief maker and look what he got up to last night!! The boys came running into our room this morning saying ' come and see what hes done.........QUICK!!' He had only gone and wrapped toilet roll around their bedroom - luckily he was found hiding under the bed with the end of the roll so the boys didnt get blamed for the mess!! :)A little birdie told me hes planning on putting the Christmas tree up tonight while the boys are in bed..........hmmmm I wonder how thats going to go!! ;)


  1. Oh my... I have a feeling I MIIIIIGHT have to make this tomorrow...!! ;)

  2. Ooh thanks for this recipe Caramel Shortbread is my absolute favourite!!!

  3. Oh and just when I wanted to loose a little weight for Christmas!

  4. Thanks for the recipes and I hope we're going to see the naughty elfs antics everyday. He's certainly making me smile.
    Beki xxx

  5. Oooo, my mom used to make caramel shortbread, it is very num num nummy.
    Congrats on being in print, and I'm loving your elf, he is sooooo cute!

  6. Firstly, excellent news on the stamping mag. You certainly deserve to have your things shown. You are sooo clever.
    Also thankyou for the recipe. That oven is looking very spangly and new.
    That naughty elf. I'm loving hearing about his antics.
    Hope you are all feeling better.
    Rachael XX

  7. oh my goodness i am salavating at those shortbreads!!!
    hee hee couldn't help but chuckle at the toilet paper - thats something my littlest would do x

  8. yummy!! my absolute favourite!!
    off to buy some ingredients in the morning!

  9. I hope the elf has not been tooo naughty last night.

    Love the look of the caramel shortbread, packed all my cooking equipment so no more bakeing for me in this house. BAH humbug.

  10. **more drooling** and Your welcome :D Tis a pleasure to know and be inspired by you! xx

  11. You are quite possibly the coolest Mum in the world :D

    Thank you for the recipe, I'm scribbling all these down! Yum, yum!

    Major congratulations on being published, gorgeous mirror. I'm going to have to look out for these next time I go to Ikea ;)

  12. Love the elf. Did you knit him yourself? I've knitted several of Alan Dart's patterns and they are such fun and quite straightforward to make!

  13. Hi Hun, have just made this and waiting for it to cool .... can't wait to try it!!! Love your blog so much. Congrats on your Ainsley day - wow, bet you can hardly believe it! xxx

  14. Hi Marcia

    Thank you for your kind comments and you just made me crave caramel! lol



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