Rich and crunchy, these make the ultimate tea-time treat to
enjoy with a coffee. This recipe is made in three stages - the
basic shortbread, the pecan filling and then the chocolate crust.
We used the Dualit Food Processor to
make this recipe. Sieving flour and sugar is essential for good
results when baking to incorporate air and achieve smoothness of
mixture. This is easily done by processing the dry ingredients in
any of the bowls, using a chopping blade.
- 225g plain flour
- 75g golden caster sugar
- 375g soft, unsalted butter
- 250g pecan nuts
- 405g can of condensed milk
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- 160g dark chocolate
- 160g milk chocolate
You will need a 23cm square, or 18cm x 27cm, shallow baking tin
lined with a silicone mat or baking parchment.
Preheat oven to 160ºC/Gas Mark 3.
To make the shortbread
- Place the plain flour, caster sugar and 175g of softened butter
in the large bowl fitted with the dough blade and process until the
mixture is a paste round the sides of the bowl. Scrape out and
transfer to the tin, smooth it flat and even with the back of a
fork, then prick well.
- Put in the oven and turn the oven down to 150ºC/Gas Mark 2.
Bake for 30 minutes.
- Take out and cool on a rack, still in the tin. The result
should be blonde and dry.
To make the pecan filling:
- Using the inner bowl fitted with its chopping blade, pulse the
nuts just once or twice until roughly broken.
- Place 200g of softened butter, condensed milk and syrup in a
small pan and cook gently on a low heat to melt the butter.
- Raise the heat and let it boil - take care it will be
scaldingly hot. Stir all the time for about five minutes. Lower the
heat and keep stirring until golden brown and very thick.
- Tip in the nuts and while the mixture is still runny, pour over
the shortbread. Leave to set in a cool place.
To make the chocolate crust
- Using the small bowl fitted with its chopping blade, chop the
chocolate until the size of chocolate drops or smaller. Place in a
low oven to melt.
- When the chocolate is smooth and melted, pour it over the nut
mixture, tipping the tin from side to side so it makes a smooth
- Cool until set, then cut into squares.