Jaffa Shortbread Slice – #GBBO Week 1
Are you happy to see The Great British Bake Off back on the screens? I was pleased to see it back, and once again this year I’m going to be joining in with the Great Bloggers Bake Off when I can. This week on GBBO was Cake Week and the bakers made their Signature drizzle cakes, Jaffa cakes for the Technical and then genoise sponge mirror glaze cakes for the Showstopper. As I made a lemon drizzle layer cake and mirror glaze chocolate tart last time, that left Jaffa cakes. I decided to make my own spin on Jaffa cakes and ended up making a Jaffa shortbread slice, a kind of mixture between a Jaffa cake and a chocolate caramel shortbread! So not even a cake at all for Cake Week haha! Oh well, plenty more weeks left for cake still.
My Jaffa shortbread slice is made up of a delicious layer of crumbly, buttery shortbread, topped with a layer of orange jelly, and then a thick layer of plain chocolate. Part Jaffa cake and part millionaire’s shortbread, with jelly instead of caramel, it is pretty easy to make and went down a treat with my family. I can’t blame them really, I may have nabbed a couple of slices that broke apart already….
A hybrid of jaffa cakes with their orange jelly layer and a millionaires slice!
- 150 g butter softened, I used unsalted
- 60 g caster sugar
- 160 g plain flour
- 1 packet of orange jelly made up with the directed amount of water, I used Hartleys
- 1 leaf of leaf gelatine
- 225 g plain chocolate
First make the orange jelly to give it time to set. You might want to do this the day before. Make the jelly up as directed with boiling and cold water in a jug. To give a better set, I added additional gelatine. Soften 1 leaf of leaf gelatine in cold water, squeeze it out, then melt the leaf by heating on a low heat in small bursts in the microwave. Stir vigorously and add to the jelly in the jug. Mix well then pour the jelly into a shallow baking tray lined with clingfilm to set in the fridge. Leave for a few hours until set.
To make the shortbread layer, leave the butter out until softened or warm up gently in the microwave. Then combine the caster sugar into the butter until soft and fluffy.
Add the flour and mix well. Press into a ball with your hands.
Line a square pan (I used a silicone one, approx 9 inch squarwith baking paper. Press the mixture into the pan with the back of your hand. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Leave it to cool completely.
When cool, cut your jelly to size and place it on top of the shortbread layer. This is quite tricky to do and mine broke in places. As the jelly layer will be covered in chocolate it doesn't really matter, just try to move it gently.
Break the plain chocolate into pieces and microwave in 30 second bursts on high, stirring in between, until fully melted. Allow it to cool a little then pour it on top of the jelly, spread it with the back of a spoon then put it back in the fridge to set.
Use a hot knife to slice into pieces and serve.
I’m sending my Jaffa shortbread slice over to the Great Bloggers Bake Off with Jenny from Mummy Mishaps!