When it comes to Christmas and New Year entertaining, easy is good. Well, let’s be realistic, easy is good anytime.
Last week I made Banoffee Pie, to take to family for a Boxing Day tea. Since they started selling ready tinned caramel so you don’t have to boil a tin of condensed milk for hours Banoffee Pie has been my go to easy dessert. But this dessert, inspired by Millionaire’s Shortbread, is even easier. Yes really.
- 250g biscuits ( I used digestives as I had half a pack left from the banoffee pie but I bet something oaty like Hob Nobs would work really well)
- 100g unsalted butter
- 1 tin caramel (I used Carnation)
- 200g block of milk chocolate ( I used Choceur from Aldi which comes in easily recyclable card packaging and is free from palm oil)
- Optional decoration ( I used Dr Oetker Gold Shimmer Spray but as I subsequently noticed this contains palm oil I would omit or seek an alternative in future)
( I have mentioned which products I used for convenience only – this post contains no affiliate links)
- Grease a flan dish or baking tray well.
- Crush the biscuits either using a food processor or by wrapping them carefully in a clean tea towel or (ideally cloth) bag and bashing with a rolling pin.
- Melt the butter – I did this in the microwave, setting the timer to 30 secs and checking and stirring every 10 secs or so until completely melted, but melt in a pan if you prefer.
- Stir the butter into the crushed biscuits until well combined.
- Tip the mixture carefully into your flan dish and press down with the back of a wooden spoon.
- Chill for approx 1 hour until firm.
- Spread the caramel carefully over the biscuit base and chill again until you are ready to top with the chocolate.
- Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a bain marie or in a jug in the microwave. I prefer the microwave as it is quicker but as with the butter check and stir it frequently until just melted.
- Pour the melted chocolate onto the caramel carefully, gently spreading with a spatula until the top is covered.
- Decorate as required and chill again until the chocolate has set.
To serve cut carefully with a sharp knife and have your plate or bowl at the ready – it will crumble! And enjoy. Remember, easy is good.