A few years back I went to a bridal shower and they played a quiz game where the bride to be had to answer questions about the groom, then watch his pre-recorded answer to see if she got it right. I'm pretty sure the bride to be got most answers right and the shower continued on with more games and gift opening. I went home that night and suddenly began to think, do I know Danny enough to answer questions about his favorite things? Does he know me enough to answer questions about my favorite things?
About a week or so later, while just sitting around watching TV, I started asking Danny random trivia questions about myself and he did the same back. Turns out, for a dating couple, we knew a good amount about one another. There were no major surprises in any of our answers. However, we learned that we both had the same favorite candy bar, Twix. Granted this wasn't major life changing news at all, but I did love the fact that I knew I could never go wrong with buying a Twix bar at the movies, both Danny and I would be happy with it.
Flash forward to now. Danny and I are both still avid Twix bar lovers. We live together and every Halloween we aim to buy a bag of candy that includes Twix so that we can eat them while waiting for trick or treaters. Currently we are in week 6 of social distancing/quarantining and there are a few things keeping me sane. The first is of course cooking and baking, the second is watching The Great British Bake Show on Netflix. While watching this show I get all sorts of baking inspiration and of course very hungry. My latest inspiration from the show has led me to my newest creation, a Millionaire Shortbread Tart!
In its simplest definition, a millionaire tart is basically a giant homemade Twix bar! It has three layers; shortbread, caramel, and chocolate. Typically millionaire shortbread is cut into small squares, however for my version I decided to make it into a tart or small cake shape. In my opinion it just gives it a fancier look when your bring it to a get together and can serve as a birthday cake for the Twix lover in your life. Not that anyone is getting together these days, but still I like to look at pretty things while social distancing.
There are many complicated ways to make this tart, however I have adapted my recipe to be incredibly simple, but still maintain great flavor and maximum wow factor! There are only six ingredients in the whole tart. Trust me, you can make this tart with ease and impress everyone who sees and tastes it. If you can read this recipe, and melt chocolate you can make this tart!
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
10 oz soft caramel squares
1/4 or 1/2 cup heavy cream (depending on how soft you'd like your caramel, I use 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. You can use a stand mixer, hand mixer, or stir with a wooden spoon if you are trying to get a good arm workout in!
3. Add flour in slowly, until just combined. The dough might be a little crumbly but should stick together well when pressed between your fingers.
4. Press dough into a springform baking pan using your clean hands.Make your shortbread as even as possible, but it doesn't have to be perfect! No need to grease the pan, there is a lot of butter in the shortbread which will keep it from sticking. The spring form pan will make it easy to get the finished tart out without a disaster.
5. Take a fork and poke some holes in the shortbread. This helps to make sure it doesn't rise too much while baking.
6. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes. The shortbread should be very light brown around the edges!
7. Let the shortbread cool fully before going to the next step. If the shortbread is warm when you pour the caramel onto it the shortbread will absorb the caramel and you will not have the distinct layers of the tart! I let my shortbread cool for 20 minutes on my counter, and then 40 mins in my freezer!
8. Place caramel squares in a double boiler, pictured below, over a low flame. Slowly stir the caramel and add heavy cream slowly and as needed. The cream will help the caramel stay smooth and creamy even after it sets. I use 1/4 cup but if you want a very creamy caramel, use 1/2 cup. Please note, the caramel will take a long time to melt maybe up to 10 minutes or more. Be patient eventually it will melt down.
9. Open up your springform pan and place some parchment paper or an acetate baking sheet around the ring and then close the side of the pan again. This will help the caramel not stick to the sides of the pan and give you a nice finish on your tart.
10. Pour caramel onto cooled shortbread and spread into an even layer. Act quick, the caramel becomes difficult to work with after a few minutes!
11. Place the tart in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. You want the caramel to stiffen in order to create beautiful distinct layers.
12. Melt chocolate over a low flame in a double boiler, just as you did with the caramel, be careful not to get any water in the chocolate, the smallest drop will make the chocolate seize up into a clumpy mess!
13. Pour chocolate over stiff caramel and smooth out into an even layer with an offset spatula. This is your top layer, so try to make it as smooth as you can.
14. Place tart in the fridge for at least a half an hour. You can keep in the fridge until ready to serve! Enjoy!
*Pro tip* if your tart has been in the fridge for a while let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes before trying to cut into it. Trust me it'll be easier on you!