Toffee Apple Millionaires Shortbread #GBBO #GBBOBloggers2017

Toffee Apple Millionaires Shortbread #GBBO #GBBOBloggers2017

A scrumptious Toffee Apple Millionaires Shortbread which consists of buttery shortbread filled with a layer of cinnamon apple, topped with a gooey caramel sauce and chocolate on top. Delicious!

Toffee Apple Millionaires Shortbread
 
As soon as I heard that this week was going to be a caramel week on the Great British Bake Off, and that the Signature Bake would be Millionaires Shortbread, I knew what bake to make for week 4. I love toffee and apples together, so it made perfect sense to make a Toffee Apple Millionaires Shortbread. 
 

Never before have I attempted to make a millionaires shortbread from scratch before. I have made easy , almost , ‘cheat’ versions using ready made toffee sauce, and bashed up shortbread biscuits melted with butter to make the base. However, for the bake along I made it all myself and I have to say it was well worth the effort.

Mind you, having just watched the efforts of the bakers on tonights show, maybe I did not make my caramel sauce properly from scratch after all, as I used condensed milk, sugar and golden syrup which maybe is a cheat! 

 
The shortbread part of the bake, was based on a Paul Hollywood recipe,  which, with my track record of rubbish biscuit baking, turned out ok in the end. This was despite some scary, Mummy Mishaps moments when I was rolling it out and putting it into the tin, and it kept breaking! Thankfully, the dough was quite forgiving and I was able to patch it together inside the tin. I added a thin layer of apple slices and cinnamon in between the two layers of shortbread, and then added a homemade caramel sauce and a chocolate topping as per a regular millionaires shortbread recipe. 
 
 
This bake does take a bit of time to make, bake and complete before it can be eaten, but it is all worth it the you try a slice. It must have been good because my OH, who rarely comments on my baking, said it might be the nicest thing I have ever made! High praise indeed – although I am not sure about that myself!!!
 
 
However, it was very moreish and delicious and has done nothing to help my waistline this week! 
 
 
The Toffee Apple Millionaires Shortbread was made in a round 8 inch cake tin, so that it would look like a pie, but of course you could use a square tin which is the norm for millionaires shortbread usually. However, I quite like the fact that this is circular, as it looks a bit different. Mind you, I would never have got 18 identical slices from this like those made on the show!
 
 
 Here is the recipe for Toffee Apple Millionaires Shortbread:
 

Toffee Apple Millionnaires Shortbread
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • *For the shortbread*
  • 235g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 110g caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 225g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 110g cornflour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • *For the apple filling*
  • 1 eating apple, very thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp caster sugar
  • *For the caramel sauce*
  • 1 tin of condensed milk
  • 150g salted butter
  • 50g light demerera sugar
  • 50g golden syrup
  • *Topping*
  • 200g milk chocolate
Instructions
  1. Instructions
  2. *To make the apple shortbread*
  3. Grease and line 1 x 8inch cake sponge tin
  4. Put the butter and sugar into a large bowl and cream together, using an electric hand-held whisk or wooden spoon, until light and fluffy.
  5. Sift the flour and cornflour into the bowl, add the salt and cinnamon and mix together until smoothly combined.
  6. Tip the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and knead to a soft dough.
  7. Roll out the dough between 2 pieces of baking parchment to a thickness of 1cm. You need enough to cover an 8 inch cake tin twice
  8. Carefully, remove a piece that will fit the base of the lined cake tin (or pieces - mine broke into 3!) and press it into the tin. If you shortbread does break, you can just push it back together inside the tin
  9. Prick the base with a fork a few times
  10. Now top with the thin apple slices
  11. Next, scatter the cinnamon and caster sugar over the top of the apples
  12. Take the other piece of shortbread , and cover the apples completely. Prick with a fork and then chill in there fridge for 20-30 minutes
  13. Pre heat the oven to 170oC / 150oC (fan)
  14. Cook the shortbread for 20-30 minutes until just starting to turn golden brown
  15. Remove and allow to cool completely inside the tin.
  16. *To make the caramel *
  17. Place all of the ingredients into a non stick pan over a medium heat
  18. Stirring most of the time, allow to simmer but not boil. The sauce should start to thicken and darken. I made my sauce a golden caramel colour, so it probably rook 10-15 minutes to do this. Be careful the sauce does not burn/get stuck to the pan/boil
  19. Pour the sauce over your now cold shortbread base and smooth over
  20. Leave to cool and then loosely cover with foil and chill in the fridge for a few hours / over night.
  21. *Chocolate topping*
  22. Melt the chocolate and then pour over the top of your now cold caramel sauce , smooth over and leave to set. Do not put it into the fridge , else it will be too hard to cut and will crack.
  23. Once the chocolate is set, enjoy

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The #GBBOBloggers2017 Linky

You are welcome to bake along with me and some other long standing GBBOBloggers, the more the merrier in fact. You can read the rules here which are not strict really, but they just explains my twitter accounts and all that jazz! All I ask is that you please add my badge, a link to my blog and share the GBBO love by sharing or commenting on some of the bakes that link up. 

The linky will open either Tuesday after the new episode, or Wednesday morning, depending on how organised I have been! I might not have time to cary out a full Star Baker round up as I have done in previous years. However, I will still devise a Star Baker Badge for each episode. Therefore, if this proves to be the case, and I don’t have time to write a separate post each week, then I will mention the Star Bakers in my new recipe post with the new linky. Of course, this might change …….. and therefore, we will see how it goes.

Thank you to everyone who linked up for week 3 – there were some amazing bread recipes  linked up. Here are the recipes submitted by the 11 bloggers who joined in last week for Bread Week


Now to pick a Star Baker. This is always so hard. I almost awarded Helen with her teacakes because they looked amazing BUT I am going with this Cottage Loaf instead, because, quite frankly, it is huge and looks amazing! Therefore, well done to Sammie and I look forward to seeing more of your bakes x 

 

To recap: the themes for caramel week are:

Signature Bake – Millionaires Shortbread
Technical bake – Stroopwafels
Showstopper – Caramel Cake Showstopper

I look forward to seeing your delicious caramel inspired bakes this week!


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21 thoughts on “Toffee Apple Millionaires Shortbread #GBBO #GBBOBloggers2017”

  • First of all thank you so much for choosing me asStar Baker. I am thrilled and a bit embarrassed as the other bakes were so good.
    Wow I love the Toffee apple element to your millionaire’s shortbread. I can imagine passing squares of this around on bonfire night with mugs of frothy hot chocolate. Yummy x

  • oh I was so close with my teacakes! You definitely picked the right start baker though as that cottage loaf is epic!
    Loving your flavour combo in the caramel shortbread – apple & caramel is always a winner! Men do make me laugh as they have a very short memory when it comes to our food – Matt has told me many a time that X is the best thing I’ve ever made!

    • Yes you were Helen, and then Sammie linked up her cottage loaf, and I just felt she nipped you to the finishing line!
      Thank you – apple and caramel is always a great flavour aren’t they? And yes, men do have short food memories for sure, although it is rare for me to get such praise from Jon! x

  • This looks so tasty. The sheer size of it is a sight to behold! Love the ideas of the flavours too. I used to make caramel with condensed milk until recently. I do think that condensed milk is slightly easier to use to make the caramel sauce which is always an advantage. When I make it the way the bakers did it seems a little hit and miss sometimes but does make a really tasty caramel. x

    • Thank you Cat and yes a big round of millionaires shortbread is lovely to look at LOL!I must try making caramel with sugar and cream next time , be interesting to see if I can pull it off x

  • Love your shortbread Jenny all autumnal with apples and cinnamon, perfect. The woodland setting for the photograph is simply gorgeous too! x

  • Oh wow Jenny!!! I adore Millionaires Shortbread but you have taken it to the next level! This looks and sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

  • Mmmmm this is so heavenly Jenny! I love that you included a layer of apple & cinnamon in there too – it makes it so perfect for autumn – and absolutely perfect with the caramel! Most definitely yum! Thnkyou for joining in with #Bakingcrumbs again Jenny 🙂
    Angela

  • Oh, these sound delicious Jenny. Loved this GBBO challenge. I’ve never been keen on Millionaire’s shortbread before, but now I’m keen to give it a whirl.

    I didn’t include these in the #WeShouldCocoa round-up as you’re brownies got there first and I only take one recipe per blogger each month. I’d have done this one if I’d seen it first.

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