Tuesday 22 June 2010

Budget day :(

Evening all. Well today was the day of the dreaded budget. It didn't turn out as bad as I thought, we hopefully shouldn't be affected too badly except on Marks disability living allowance. But I know others who are affected worse so can't complain. :)
Anyway, was a bit scrapped out after yesterday so decided to bake some caramel shortbread. :) Was really impressed with how it turned out so thought I'd share the recipe. :)
You will need:
- 200g butter
- 250g caster sugar
- 250g plain flour
- 2tsp cornflour
- Pinch of salt
- 4tbsp golden syrup
- 397g tin of condensed milk
- 150g dark chocolate

1 - Preheat Oven to gas mark 4 and grease a tin approx 8inches by 9 inches.
2 - Cream together 120g of the butter with 125g of the sugar until it is light and fluffy.
3 - Mix in the flour, cornflour and salt until it becomes a stiff dough. Add a little water if needed.
4 - Press the dough into a tin. (Now I admit at this point both kids were running around my legs, so I first put the dough into the tin then the oven without photographing it. So took it out, took a picture then put it back in. Then realised I hadn't greased the tray, so took it all out, greased tray, pressed dough back in and put in the oven. Which is why mine looks a mess. I'd lost the will to care. lol. Learn from my mistakes however, make sure ites pressed right into the corners. Turns out much better. :) )
5 - Bake at gas mark 4 for about 10 mins, then turn down heat to gas mark 3 and bake for a further 10-15 depending on your oven. (mine took 20)

6 - Have a cup of tea while base is baking. Takeout of oven and allow to cool. While cooling, pour remaining butter and sugar into a saucepan. Add the syrup and condensed milk. Bring to boil then boil for 10 mins stirring constantly until it is thick. It will also grow in size so make sure its a big saucepan! (again learn form my mistakes. lol)

7 - Pour over cooled shortbread and allow to set.

8 - Melt chocolate and pour over set fudge.

9 - Allow all to set, cut up (heated knife stops choc from breaking) and enjoy!!


  1. They look scrummy, I'm going to try them sometime! xxx

  2. ummm that does look scrummy gemma thanks x

  3. ok, all around to yours then is it LOL. Caramel shortbread is my fav.

  4. Ooh velly nice Mrs S :)

    hope you make some for next Feb!!


  5. Oh my goodness that looks divine! I love caramel shortbread but am usually lazy and just buy it but as I am having to make everything at the moment to avoid preservatives etc I just might have to make some after seeing how yummy yours looks! Looks much yummier than store bought! :)

  6. Cor they look yum! Thanx for sharing the receipe I might pinch it and the one for cookies and have a go, I can gurantee they will no where near as good as yours tho xx


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