For the shortbread
o 225g plain flour
o 175g salted organic butter, chilled and cut into cubes
o 50g caster sugar
For the topping
o 150g organic butter
o 1 x 397g can of condensed milk
o 100g golden syrup
o 200g milk chocolate
o 150g good quality dark chocolate
o 50g of roughly chopped pistachios or walnuts
How to make
1. If not using an Aga, preheat oven to 150ºC/Gas Mark 2.
2. Set the chocolate in a bowl on the back of the Aga to gently melt…or if not using an Aga then melt using a bowl over a pan of boiling water, making sure the bowl does not touch the water. But don’t do this until your toffee caramel topping is cooling on the shortbread in the fridge.
3. Line a square tin (23 cm) with BakeO-Glide or baking parchment. Using your fingertips, rub the cold, cubed butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
4. Stir through the caster sugar.
5. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it evenly. Press down firmly with the back of your fingers so that it is tightly packed.
6. Bake the shortbread for 25-30 minutes in the baking oven. Grid shelf on the floor with cold plain shelf on the second set of runners above 2/3/4 oven Agas or on the top set of runners of the simmering oven after a brief spell (5 minutes low down) in the roasting oven (2 oven) until golden brown.
7. Set the shortbread aside to cool.
8. For the topping: heat the butter, golden syrup and condensed milk gently in a pan on the simmering plate, stirring occasionally until all the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.
9. Move to the boiling plate and bring the mixture to the boil, stirring frequently. Be careful as it can spit and burn you (like a fiery llama!). Once at a rolling boil I would move it back to the simmering plate. The caramel will thicken and turn golden brown.
10. Set aside to cool for a bit and then pour over the shortbread. Allow to cool completely and then pour chocolate over the melted caramel.
11. Sprinkle the chopped nuts over the top and put in the fridge to cool completely and set.
12. Cut into (small) squares.
13. Then find someone else to eat it all as it’s completely addictive and after the third slice you end up feeling rather sick.
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