So I was looking for a simpler dish to make after the big lunch, and thought some biscuits would do nicely.
My self-proclaimed 'apprentice' was keen, especially after seeing the chocolate covered picture in the book.
So, I acquired the goods and sat down this morning over my breakfast coffee. Which is a good thing, as this is another recipe with a lot of "chill for X hours" in it. That and the butter seems to be a theme.
Steps to be taken:
- Make shortbread
- Make caramel
- Sandwich together
- Coat in chocolate
Making caramelAhh... scary real caramel to be made. I even needed my candy thermometer - for the first time I think ever.
Finally getting a bit brown... this took ages. And it started to get really heavy and hard to stir. I may have even broken into a sweat. Well, a ladylike glow anyway.
Making shortbreadSo The caramel is chilling in the fridge, time to make shortbread.
So it's 2 hours later. Time to go into the oven.
Now for the messy bit. I forgot to take a picture of me melting the chocolate and of them all lined up assembled before covering in chocolate.. but this was pretty much what happened.
It was pretty messy, and more like icing a large number of small cakes than the artful drizzling the photo in the book promised, but we got there.
We were a little short on chocolate (I bought 200g block, not 250g) but all except one got covered.
Things I learned from this recipe:
- Buy the unsalted butter. Yes, they were right next to each other, but still.
- Use "light" flavour olive oil. After making the dough, I could still tasty the olive oil (though it was gone on cooking).
- Making caramel from scratch is kind of scary and more physically demanding than I would have guessed. A long time standing up and an awful lot of bicep building (muscle power really not my thing).
Verdict:Yummy, though more hassle than I was anticipating! They are pretty fiddly. More a special occasion biscuit than a "have some for guests" biscuit.
I can't shake the feeling that I spent many hours making a nicer version of those cheap toffee chocolate biscuits. Good though. Possibly nostalgic.
Only one 'guest' has tried one so far. His opinion is "too busy for him". As in, too much going on. He did note he'd happily eat the caramel and shortbread separately though.
I found them quite nice. The caramel has just the right amount of give, and the shortbread is soft but not too crumbly. The dark chocolate sets of the sweetness of the caramel nicely.
Next: I'm thinking maybe another meal is in order?