Millionaires Shortbread Caramel

This is not a recipe for the timid cook! It requires you to pay attention the whole time and the pan gets incredibly hot, so you need to take care. The key to making sure it doesn't burn is to keep stirring the entire time.

There are only two pieces of equipment you need, but using the right tools will make this recipe much easier. Use a flat-bottomed spatula. I use a silicone one and it means you can keep scraping the bottom of the pan and get into the corners easily. Secondly, use a large saucepan with a thick base. The thick base will ensure the pan can hold the heat it needs. Choose a pan that is larger than you probably think you will need as this will make the stirring easier and make sure you don't have any spills. Believe me, you don't want to be cleaning this stuff off your hob!

In: Sweet Snacks


Makes/Serves: tray


  • 200 g Unsalted Butter
  • 3 tablespoons Caster Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Golden Syrup
  • 1 Can Condensed Milk (397g)


  1. Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan and over a medium heat. Keep stirring until all the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Turn the heat up to high and bring it to the boil. KEEP STIRRING!
  3. Boil for about 5-7 mins, stirring all the time.
  4. When the caramel has thickened slightly and changed to a darker golden colour, it is ready.
  5. Take off the heat and keep it stirring until it's stopped bubbling.
  6. Then pour over your tray bake and spread out.
  7. Leave in the fridge to set completely before topping with chocolate.

Note about the quantity

I used a large tray (32x19cm) and you'll notice from the picture that it still makes a pretty thick layer of caramel and quite a hefty snack! On my second attempt I split this amount across two trays and found that it gave a better thickness. Since it doesn't make sense to use half a can of condensed milk, I'd recommend making two trays per one lot of caramel.

This recipe is just for the caramel part because it's the trickiest bit. You can put this caramel on a number of different tray bakes:

To finish off, melt a 200g bar of dark chocolate (per tray) and spread it over the top. Leave to set before removing from the tray and slicing into squares.

If you are making two trays as I have suggested, than you will probably find that's rather a lot to have on the go at once. Both the shortbreads and flapjacks can be frozen for a few months if that helps.