I have a confession. I have tried this recipe before and it DID NOT TURN OUT. (that even may be an understatement.) The thing is, I have a problem reading the recipe beforehand. I get about 3/4 of the way through and I realize, shit, I don't have a candy thermometer.... What is a candy thermometer??
I thought I would give this recipe another shot. This time I thoroughly read the recipe (for the most part - keep reading and you will see my mistake.) I purchased all of the correct ingredients, made sure I read every step, twice, and I did not multitask. Guess what? They turned out!!
And Oh My GOSHH they were so delicious. I followed this recipe and brought them over to my favorite boys for a midnight snack. :)
One thing that I have learned is to do your best to use all of the proper ingredients. In my mind I think, does regular white flour versus cake flour really make a difference? It makes all of the difference in the world! Just try it.
Also, I decided to spend a couple extra dollars and buy Lyle's Golden Syrup instead of regular corn syrup - you will notice a difference.
**Fresh lemon is wayyyy better than lemon juice in the bottle....
***Please buy Fairtrade Certified chocolate - watch this documentary and you will understand why.
I discovered this tip from the Joy the Baker Cookbook. If you are impatient like me, then you can chop up your almost softened butter into cubes to help speed up the process. For this recipe, butter straight from the refrigerator was not going to work so this shortcut really helped out!
Shortbread in process!
Fresh lemon juice goes into the carmel. I used this vintage Sunkist juicer my grandmother gave me!
My sweet candy thermometer. :)
**Ok, if you are still reading this is where I did not thoroughly read the directions. The lovely carmel with the glistening sea salt needs to set for two hours in the refrigerator! Oops, I sorta made plans to help those boys I was talking about on a music project. I just took the Twix with me, popped it in their fridge and finished it there!
The final product! A little messy but delicious!
More to come on the music project I was helping my boyfriend and the boys with.