Billionaire’s Shortbread: decadent and delicious!

May 16, 2014 § 3 Comments

No need to be super wealthy to enjoy this decadent treat. If like me, you have a weakness for the chocolate and caramel combo, rendered even more palatable by the addition of a crunchy layer of shortbread, this dessert is worth the several steps and refrigeration time. Rich and delicious! Just made the “Favorites” list at SWEETTABLESCAPES! The recipe comes from Food and Wine.com!

Billionaire’s Shortbread

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Shortbread

  1. 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cubed
  2. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/3 cup sugar
  4. 1/4 cup fine cornmeal
  5. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Caramel

  1. 1 stick unsalted butter
  2. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  3. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1 cup sugar
  5. 2 tablespoons water

Ganache

  1. 9 ounces 70 percent dark chocolate
  2. 3/4 cup heavy cream
  3. Flaky sea salt, for garnish
  4. Mini marshmallows, toasted nuts, thinly sliced candied orange peel, thinly sliced candied ginger and/or crushed pretzels, for toppings
  1. MAKE THE SHORTBREAD Preheat the oven to 350° and line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 inches of overhang on two sides. IMG_6677In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients and pulse until a dough forms, 1 to 2 minutes.IMG_6678 IMG_6679 Press the dough into the prepared pan in an even layer. IMG_6680Bake for about 25 minutes, until the shortbread is firm and the edges are golden; let cool completely.IMG_6681
  2. MAKE THE CARAMEL In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the cream and salt over moderate heat; keep warm. IMG_6749IMG_6753In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and water and cook over moderate heat, swirling without stirring, until a golden caramel forms, about 7 minutes. IMG_6750IMG_6751Carefully drizzle in the warm cream and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until the temperature reaches 230° on a candy thermometer, 3 to 5 minutes. Immediately pour the caramel over the cooled shortbread and let cool completely, about 45 minutes.IMG_6752
  3. MAKE THE GANACHE Finely chop the chocolate and transfer it to a medium heatproof bowl. IMG_6754In a small saucepan, bring the cream just to a simmer. Immediately pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let stand until the chocolate starts to melt, 2 minutes; IMG_6755 IMG_6756stir until thickened and smooth. Pour the ganache over the cooled caramel and spread it in an even layer with an offset spatula. IMG_6757 IMG_6758 IMG_6759Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and your choice of toppings and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Lift the square out of the pan using the long sides of the foil. Cut the shortbread into squares and serve slightly chilled.IMG_6760 IMG_6761 IMG_6763 IMG_6762
Make Ahead The squares can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
Feel free to cut your squares on the small side since this is such a rich treat!!
ENJOY!
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