Homemade Squares The Family Will Love
My dad is one in a million!
Today I’m sharing with you the perfect dessert, some gooey millionaires shortbread squares for a simple yet elegant Father’s day dessert. Layered with homemade caramel on top of buttery shortbread and slathered with a chocolate topping then cooled and cut into squares. You know it’s got to be delicious.
As you may or may not know all my family and my husband’s family still live in the same village in Scotland. This is a very popular British dessert back home which I’m sharing with you today. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do. It’s on special occasions like today, Father’s Day that bring back all the memories of living back at home.
I miss my dad so much (as I do all my family) but my dad is very special to me as this is where I get all my experimental cooking and recipe ideas from. He was a chef in his younger days in the Merchant Navy. Although I enjoyed baking with mom I loved watching my dad in the kitchen when I was younger.
He would make food come to life by tossing in things from the pantry and refrigerator. Whatever my dad could get his hands on to create a homemade meal, that’s what he would do to make sure we were all well fed. I can honestly say that not all his recipe creations were a success but there were some great smells and tastes that will be with me forever.
My dad loves millionaires shortbread squares, it’s one of his favourite treats. Its one recipe that mom used to make often for dad when he returned from offshore after being away for two weeks out in the North Sea. He would always tell her that she made the best millionaires shortbread recipe that he’d ever tasted, and I don’t disagree. I still remember the anticipation of dad coming home when we were younger counting down the days before he would arrive back home.
My dad still works offshore and will be coming to Canada to visit with the family and I with mom in a couple of weeks. All those feelings of being a kid again is building inside of me as I await their arrival. I think I am more excited than the kids. So I am going to make a batch of his favourite millionaire shortbread squares and of course a cuppa tea. The best treat you can have after such a long journey or for an after dinner treat.
Although my parents have been to Canada before much has changed since their last visit. I look forward to showing my mom and dad more of my our new home in Canada and making every second count while they are here with us.
Today is dedicated to all the Father’s out there.
I love you Dad x
Millionaire shortbread squares
- Prep time: 30 mins
- Baking time: 50 mins
- Serving Size: Makes approximately 20 Millionaire shortbread depending on size of squares
How to make millionaire shortbread base
To make the shortbread base I use the same shortbread recipe that I make my Easter Bunny butter shortbread cookies.
- 60z butter
- 2 Tablespoons golden syrup
- 1 Can Condensed Milk
- 1 cup milk/dark Chocolate
Once you have your shortbread mix gently pat down into a 28 x 18 cm shallow oblong baking tin. Fork it gently to stop it rising too much! Bake at 180C for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
To make the caramel filling
- Melt the butter over a low heat in a small pan.
- Stir in the golden syrup and condensed milk.
- Wait until it’s completely combined and then pour over cooked base and bake for a further 20 minutes.
- Take it out from the oven and let it cool after 20 minutes has passed.
To make the chocolate topping
- Melt the chocolate over a bowl of simmering water making sure no water gets into the chocolate.
- Spread the chocolate topping over the cooled caramel filling.
- Mark slices while the chocolate topping is setting as it will be easier to cut with your knife when cooled.
- Now place in the refrigerator to let the chocolate topping set.
Note: Place parchment paper on the bottom of your dish. Don’t throw away that butter wrapper, use it again to grease your baking sheets leaving you with no greasy buttery fingers.
I can see the box of millionaire shortbread not lasting long in the refrigerator so I might have to make a double batch so that there’s plenty to go around for everyone. I always enjoy creating simple dessert ideas like this one because creating memories with my children are memories you can’t turn back and wish you had done when you are older.
Contribution By: Nicola Don