Monday, December 17, 2012

Chocolate Salted Caramel Shortbread

BOOM.

Perfect Christmas candy.

Yup, it’s one of those salty/sweet combo things. Like bacon and chocolate.

Which, by the way, all of a sudden I like bacon now. Haven’t liked it since I was 7, and now at magically 29 turning 30 in two weeks, I love the stuff.

My tastebuds have matured.

WHAT? Have I turned to the salty/sweet dark side?

Don’t expect any crazy bacon combos from me anytime soon. Except these. I may try Haley’s Pig Out Cookies. Chocolate Chip Cookies with bacon. Pretty clever if you ask me.

We’re going to start with a shortbread crust. Cut your butter, COLD butter, into your flour, until it resembles coarse peas.

Press it into a pan. I need to make shortbread.

Like this one.

Because, I could eat this dough by itself. Mmm.

Oh yeah, see how I lined the bottom with parchment paper? Genius!

That way you can sorta wiggle the whole pan out and cut with a large chef’s knife.

While the crust is baking, you’ll start the caramel in a pan.

Cream, butter, more butta’, sugar, calories, glucose, etc.

Use a candy thermometer and turn off the heat a degree or two before 130, because it will heat up and you can lose your whole pan in seconds.

I speak from experience. *whimper, sniff*

Take out your gorgeous golden shortbread.

Pour your gorgeous, golden caramel on top.

Don’t taste test.

Do Not. As in, if you appreciate your taste buds, you don’t want to burn them off with this hot sugar mixture.

I speak from experience. *cough.*

Then you put it in the fridge to firm up.

Make your chocolate ganache, pour it over, and return to the fridge again. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Cut it into super tiny pieces because it is insanely rich.

In fact, I’m moving so I had to use a smaller pan because my 9×13 was packed. So a 9×13 will be perfect and thinner and not so crazy intense.

But if you’re into that sort of thing, I won’t tell.

I don’t judge.

Merry, merry, merry, merry merry Christmas y’all, what’s your favorite Christmas candy?

Mine is peanut butter balls, and one year I tried to be good and made peanut better balls. Good too, but the original, sigh, is heavenly.

~Peace, Love, and Salty/Sweet Y’all

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Chocolate Salted Caramel Shortbread

Yield: serves 15-20

Ingredients:

Shortbread:
1 2/3 cup flour
10 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk

Caramel:
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
2 teaspoons sea salt or kosher salt
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate:
8 ounces dark chocolate
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
sea salt

Directions:

For the shortbread, in a bowl, add flour, sugar and salt. Cut the butter into the flour using a fork or pastry cutter. Once the mixture resembles coarse peas, lightly stir in egg yolk. Line an 9x13 pan with parchment paper, and press the shortbread into the pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until golden. Set aside to cool.

For the caramel, in a pan, melt butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, salt, and cream. Using a candy thermometer, bring the mixture to a boil, and cook to soft ball stage, around 235 degrees. Remove from heat, and add vanilla. Pour the caramel over the shortbread and place in fridge for 3 hours to firm up.

To make the chocolate layer, melt chocolate, corn syrup, and butter over low heat. Pour the chocolate over cooled caramel. Sprinkle with sea salt and refrigerate. Remove candy from pan and cut into squares or strips.

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7 Responses to “Chocolate Salted Caramel Shortbread”

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    Mike — December 17, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    That looks delicious!

    Just want to say that I haven’t subscribed to your site for all that long in my reader, but out of the hundred or so I do, you’re one of my favorites! I’m always adding and deleting them (I cull if they talk politics, or push some agenda of which I am opposed- I’m just there for the food!) but your site is a keeper!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — December 17, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    This is the perfect Christmas candy! I love that you use dark chocolate and of course the salted caramel is pretty amazing!

  3. 3

    Martha mcbay — December 17, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    Do you use All Purpose or Self rising flour?

  4. 4

    Haley — December 19, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    I want to make this for Dusty’s family when we go up to the farm in a couple of days! I can’t believe you didn’t like bacon until recently. It’s almost sacrilegious to the blogging world! You gotta try the pig out cookies…sinfully good!

  5. 5

    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — December 19, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    I heart you. Fo’ reals!

  6. 6

    Cathy @ Noble Pig — December 20, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Oh my goodness is all I can say! Wow.

    • katieb replied: — December 23rd, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

      teeheheheeee

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