For the 87th Academy Awards, I have planned some delicious treats. Picture comfy pjs, fluffy socks while munching on decadent treats and watching the rich and the beautiful. And maybe something bubbly. Sounds like a perfect night to me!
Millionaire Bars are a fitting snack for an Oscar viewing party, don’t you think? They consist of three layers of deliciousness: A crumbly shortbread layer, followed by creamy caramel in the middle and topped with a bittersweet chocolate coating. They are basically homemade TWIX bars with a very fancy name and taste oh-so-delicious!
- 225g all-purpose flour (organic)
- 175g unsalted cold butter, cut into cubes (organic)
- 75g caster sugar
- pinch of salt
- 150g unsalted butter (organic)
- 380g condensed milk
- 70g agave syrup (organic)
- 250g bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
- Preheat your oven to 150°C. Line a square (20x20 cm) baking tin with parchment paper.
- To make the shortbread layer, combine the flour, pinch of salt and butter in a food processor (or rub it between your hands) until the mixture is crumbly. Add the caster sugar and pulse until just combined. Tightly press the shortbread dough in the baking tin using the back of a spoon. Bake for 30 minutes until the shortbread has a light golden brown color. Set it aside to cool completely.
- For the caramel layer, heat the butter, condensed milk and agave syrup in a pot, stirring occasionally. Once the butter is melted, increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir frequently until the caramel has thickened and is golden brown. Let it cool a bit before pouring it over the shortbread.
- Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie. Pour the melted over the cooled caramel layer and let it set. Wait until the chocolate has cooled completely, before cutting it into squares. Dust with edible gold for an extra touch of glamour.
Store in the fridge for up to a week.
* Adapted from BBC Food
If you want neatly cut bars, don’t let them sit in the fridge for too long. Otherwise the chocolate will be too hard and start to crack when you cut it. I’ve learned that the hard way, because I was too impatient. Once the chocolate has set, precut the bars into squares using a sharp knive. Also wipe the knive clean after each cut. Then return the bars to the fridge. And voilà, you have perfectly cut Millionaire Bars!
To be honest, I get more excited about seeing all the pretty dresses on the red carpet than the actual award show. Although, I can’t wait to see how Neil Patrick Harris will be opening this year’s Academy Awards, since he is such a pro at it.
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Oscars?