I don’t know what possessed me, I picked up two cans of Dulce de Leche Caramels at the store, knowing full well homemade would be better. I used a discontinued Eagle Brand recipe but the bars turned out surprisingly well. Chill thoroughly. The shortbread base was nothing short of amazing; I made a mental note to use it again. It didn’t have the toughness of chilled shortbread and yet it was still… well… shortbread. Sadly, I forgot to dust the top with icing sugar, but that's just for looks. 

Dulce De Leche Shortbread Bars

3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cake and pastry Flour
6 Tbsp icing sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 

2 eggs
1 can [300 ml] Eagle Brand Dulce de Leche Caramel
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Preheat oven to 325F.
  • Fully line a small square baking pan with parchment paper, overlapping the sides for easy removal. 
  • Sift together the base ingredients, except the butter, in a medium bowl.
  • In a separate bowl beat the butter until creamy.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  • Gather into a ball.
  • Press firmly and evenly into bottom of pan.
  • Poke the dough with a fork. 
  • Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
  • Meanwhile combine the filling ingredients in a stand mixer.
  • Remove pan from the oven and pour the filling over the hot shortbread base.
  • Return to the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the middle is set.
  • Remove from the oven, cool completely on wire rack.
  • Chill overnight. 
  • Next day cut into squares. 
  • Dust the top with icing sugar. It's optional now. :-)

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