Marbled Toffee Bars

So from the ridiculous to the sublime. After last week’s glorious cock up we decided to try something out that would give both culinary and visual pleasure. I’ve made millionaire’s shortbread before but haven’t actually made it with shortbread. Usually I just crush up biscuits for the base. But seeing how Conor recreated a risotto recipe recently I felt I could get away with a favourite ‘creation re-creation’ too.

Now there are only so many ways you can combine chocolate, fat, sugar and…more chocolate – and come up with something different. In the end it comes down to aesthetics – how nice can you make it look?

To create Marbled Toffee Bars (or Millionaire’s Shortbread) you’ll need:

For the base

  • 250g/2 ½ cups plain (all purpose) flour
  • 75g/ scant ½ cup caster (superfine) sugar
  • 175g/3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

For the filling

  • 90g/7 tbsp unsalted butter, diced
  • 90g/1 ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 800g (2 cans) sweetened condensed milk

For the topping

  • 100g/4 oz plain (semisweet) chocolate
  • 100g/4 oz milk chocolate
  • 50g/2 oz white chocolate

First get everything ready and read the recipe instructions carefully:

Put the shortbread base ingredients in a bowl and combine with your fingers:

Spread the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and smooth with a spoon. Prick the surface with a fork:

Bake in the oven for about 15 mins or until very lightly golden brown and firm to the touch:

Allow the base to cool. Meanwhile prepare the caramel filling. Gather your ingredients:

Put the sugar, tinned milk and butter in a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for about 10 mins until it starts to darken. But don’t let it get too hot or it will burn. Pour the filling onto the base and smooth out with a spoon:

Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours. Once the filling has set get the topping ready. Melt the three different chocolates in three different bowls.

Pour a strip of dark chocolate along one edge of the pan:

Now a milk chocolate strip and repeat:

Now get the white chocolate and drop dollops of it on top:

Now the fun bit. Get a skewer and drag it through the chocolates to create swirls:

Put in the fridge to set firm:

Cut into slices. Take round to the Grandparents for ‘tea and cake’:

Watch out…

…for thieving….

…little fingers…

Then get the chemistry set out and create something unpleasant – well we’re at Grandma’s – anything goes!

46 thoughts on “Marbled Toffee Bars

  1. That is a visual delight. And you had help with this one. Did that have anything to do with the pear creation? Love the name Millionaire’s Shortbread.
    And how did the chemistry experiment go? Does Grandma still have a house standing?

  2. That looks too good to eat – it’s like when you make something so tasty you feel bad eating it lol. Thank you for your like on my shish kebab post, I think I can say that my brother, at least, will be very interested in this recipe haha. I love chocolate!

  3. I bet you had fun with that topping. It looks wonderful and I’m sure it tastes delicious. I have a similar recipe which I used to make for the boys years ago. I had all but forgotten it. Your post entices me to try yours out……………………………………………..soon!

        • cultural differences – a friend of mine moved to the states years ago and went for a meal with his new workmates in San Jose. At the end of the meal he stood up (at this point i should say he smoked) and announced loudly (he was drunk) that he was going outside for a fag. Now over here ‘fag’ means cigarette. The whole restaurant went quiet. Apparently over there it means something entirely different…

  4. Crazy end to an excellent post. I approve of getting the young ‘uns to do the prep. Bet they did not clean up all the bowls. The squares look v tasty indeed. It’s too early in the day to be thinking of chocolate…

  5. I’ve had the worst day, and now I just want a whole pan of these to myself! Yum. I know what I’m making myself to celebrate back-to-school time 🙂

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