Saturday, 12 February 2011

Snowdrift Shortbread

As our thoughts are soon to be turning to spring, I thought I had better quickly get on and make the final winter installment from the Eat Me book given to me by friend Kat - you can see spring here, summer here and autumn here. Thankfully, it looks as though the snow is very much behind us now and wow how much snow we had for the second year running, here in the UK and around the world. So it seemed very appropriate to choose this Snowdrift Shortbread recipe from the book as well as being amazingly satisfying to my sweet tooth.

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For the base:
85g/3 oz caster sugar
225g/8 oz plain flour
110g/4oz unsalted butter, fridge-cold and cut into pieces

For the filling:
1 x 397g can condensed milk
55g/2 oz soft light brown sugar
55g/2 oz unsalted butter

For the topping:
170g/6 oz white Belgian chocolate
55g/2 oz desiccated coconut

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Preheat the over to 170˚C/325˚F/Gas 3. You will need a greased baking tin measuring 20 x 30cm/8 x 12 in.

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In a large bowl, mix the sugar and flour together and add the butter. Rub the butter intot he flour until the mixture has the texture of breadcrumbs.

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Put the dough into the baking tin and spread it evenly, pressing it firmly into the corners. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown in colour.

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Meanwhile, make the fudge filling. Pour the condensed milk into a medium-sized pan and add the sugar and butter. Bring to the boil and, stiring constantly, cook for 2-3 minutes, then set aside.

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To make the top topping, melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water or in a microwave for 90 seconds.

Once the shortbread is cooked, cover with the fudge filling, then spread on the melted chocolate. Add a sprinkling of desiccated coconut and leave to cool. Cut into small squares and serve.

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This was definitely another amazing recipe from the book if you have a sweet tooth like me, condensed milk together with white chocolate are a very sweet combination. I must have had post-Christmas eating guilt, as I chose the Light version of the Condensed Milk, I'm not sure if this made any difference. I did find that the fudge centre never really set, so I kept it in the fridge until it was all eaten to make it firmer. I would still recommend these though, despite there being three stages to the recipe, they were all very easy to do. Enjoyed very much with a cold glass of milk.

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20 comments:

  1. That looks very yummy! I love shortbread it is my favourite.

    Lets hope that spring is soon here and the weather begins to warm up.

    X x x

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  2. It really looks delicious, but I wont be making any...It would go straight to my hips, and stay there for good hehehhe.
    I will eat your photos instead...so fantastic.
    Enjoy the weekend.
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  3. Never mind the shortbread (which looks absolutely gorgeous by the way!), what about your nails?! More close ups on them please ;) xx

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  4. yummy
    i have to try this out very soon!
    thanks for sharing
    xoxo

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  5. ooohhh that looks yummy! i love baking i find it so relaxing! they would go perfectly with my cup of tea right now! x

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  6. Oh wow this sounds and looks so good! will def have to try it. I love anything with condensed milk lol ;)

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  7. oh, this looks totally scrumptious!

    xx

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  8. Love this idea for a chewy-laced shortbread. I like the rich buttery tang of shortbreads, but they can be too heavy and dry for me. I'll have to check out this Eat Me book!

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  9. this is right up my street, i love anything with coconut involved. doesn't look so tricky either

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  10. I don't like coconut but they do look delicious


    Bow Dream Nation xx

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  11. Oh these look yummy, I can't get enough of coconut! Thank you for the lovely supportive comment too xx

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  12. it looks so yummy! I would love to find that book

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  13. Now that looks delicious! You make such lovely food xx

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  14. Oh yummy! Sent me some by mail! ^^

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  15. Oh how lovely to see another beautiful Eat Me post.
    You have shown these stages in such lovely pictures P :)
    (And thanks for the link to me)
    The end result does look delicious too
    Kat xox

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  16. Such a shame I don't like coconut because it's such a wintry topping for this time of year!

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  17. Oh that looks really yummy, also love that plate - so pretty. x

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  18. Oh wow, these look so scrummy! And you look so cute in your vintage dress above. x

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