Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Millionaire's Shortbread & 2 Nifty Ideas

Today I’ll be sharing the way to my husband’s heart… and it is definitely by making Millionaire’s shortbread.  It is his all time favourite after dinner treat to have with a lovely cup of brewed filter coffee.

Millionaires Shortbread

Shortbread Recipe:
225g Cake Flour                      
225g Butter                             
100g Castor Sugar                                      
100g Maizena

1.  Preheat the oven to 150C.  Grease a 20cm x 30cm x 2,5cm (deep) tin.
2.  Make the shortbread:  Mix all ingredients, fits into a small baking tray. (Or two round cake tins for plain shortbread)  Place in deep freeze 10 - 15 minutes then bake for 1 hr.  Careful not to burn - golden brown.  Sprinkle with Castor sugar when they come out of the oven or coat for Millionaire’s Shortbread
3.  Millionaires caramel: 
385g Can Condense Milk
30ml (2T) Syrup
80g Butter
Heat slowly and then increase heat very slightly till mixture is bubbling and cook 5 – 6min until caramely.  Spread over slightly cooled shortbread and put in fridge to set before spreading on the chocolate topping.
4.  Millionaires topping:
180g Slab of Cadbury Chocolate
 Place the chocolate in double boiler until melted.  You can melt the chocolate in the microwave but be sure to stop the microwave often (say every 10 – 20 seconds) to avoid the chocolate burning.  Spread over caramel and leave to set in fridge for 1 hour.

Some millionaires’ tips:
1.      You can replace the Caramel with the ready to use version but it does seem to have a bit of a watery consistence to it which makes the shortbread not so crispy.
2.      Use only Cadbury’s Chocolate, the other makes of chocolates do not melt as well and taste as good!  Do not, I repeat, do not use cooking chocolate for goodness sake that will taste just awful!

                  ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Cut into squares and Serve to impress!! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Lacy Trimmed Jersey
On a little outing today I noticed a lovely green jersey in one of my favourite stores.  I never buy from them unless they are having a serious sale but love looking anyway.  This little green jersey, a light weight jersey had this beautiful lace trimming.  The jersey was retailing for R480!!  It got me thinking that if you found a plain jersey (any colour of your choice), you could pretty it up with a cute lace trimming along the inner edges.  When I do find a jersey to do this exercise with, I will report back to you and lets’ see the savings! $$$!

I saw this sweet heart on a Facebook post, what a lovely idea, should be easy to make!!Y

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