a little valentine's treat for the one you love. perhaps make them for your partner in crime, to lure a potential date, for a girly singles night or... just scoff the lot come february 14th. a twist on the usual millionaire's shortbread recipe, the layers are finished with pink coloured white chocolate and a drizzle of... more chocolate.
i picked up these lovely baking bits at my local dunelm - can't believe how brilliant the cooking and baking section is! i also swiped a new mixing bowl and handy fish steamer.
♥ 150g plain flour
♥ 90g caster sugar
♥ 150g unsalted butter
♥ 300g white chocolate
♥ 100g light musavado sugar
♥ 300g condensed milk
♥ heart shaped moulds
preheat the oven to 200 degrees. begin by mixing together 50g butter and the sugar. then, sieve in the flour and stir together to make a rough, doughy biscuit crumb consistency. add a drop of vanilla here if you wish. i did think about dying the shortbread pink but thought it might be barbie overload!
take about a dessert spoon full of the mix and press into the moulds.
bake for 15 minutes and allow to cool. the next step is preparing the caramel. it will only take 5 mins so don't do this part too early or it might start burning if left on or start setting in the pan if left to cool.
mix together the brown sugar and remaining 100g of butter with the condensed milk. spoon over the shortbread whilst still warm.
i then put them in the fridge to set more quickly whilst i melted the chocolate.
i used pink sugarflair and built up the colour to a mid baby pink. i melted around 250g which was a tad too much - i just didn't want to mix the colour and then have to make more that was the wrong shade. dilemma!
pour over the caramel like so...
melt the remaining chocolate over a hob or in the microwave and drizzle over the top from a height with a spoon. here you could always pipe a little heart or perhaps a name. the colour of the chocolate is of course optional again :)
should probably have put some baking paper down here...
leave to cool in the fridge, overnight if you can, before packaging up pretty for a homemade valentine's gift!
will you be doing any valentine's baking this 14th? what bake is the way to your heart?