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Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Shortbread Bars

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Sweet and savory salted caramel dark chocolate shortbread bars will definitely satisfy your sweet and salty cravings. Yum!

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Ingredients

  • SHORTBREAD:
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • SALTED CARAMEL:
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup packed Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed Imperial Sugar Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 (14 ounces) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons Maldon sea salt
  • CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 12 ounces high-quality dark chocolate, chopped

Details

Servings 12
Preparation time 25mins
Cooking time 130mins

Preparation

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9 x 9 inch baking dish.

In bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamed and fluffy. Add salt and vanilla to combine. With mixer on low speed, slowly add in flour and mix until just incorporated. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish and pat into an even layer.

Bake shortbread for 15 to 16 minutes until edges are golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.

While shortbread cools, make the caramel sauce. Combine sweetened condensed milk, butter and brown sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat. Allow butter to melt, stirring occasionally. Slowly bring mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and continue to stir until mixture reaches a caramel color, about 8 minutes. Stir in the Maldon sea salt. Pour the caramel over cooled shortbread. Transfer dish to refrigerator for 30 minutes for caramel to set.

In final minutes of refrigeration, prepare ganache. Place chopped chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl.

Heat heavy cream over medium heat. When cream is steaming and bubbly, (but before it boils) pour over chopped chocolate and stir with a wooden spoon until smooth and shiny. Pour over chilled caramel layer.

Return dessert to refrigerator to chill for 1 to 2 more hours to fully set caramel and ganache. Cut and serve chilled.

NOTE:
When measuring the flour, use the spoon and sweep method. Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping the measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour, resulting in too much flour required for recipe.

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