Jammy dodgers are my favourite shop-bought biscuit… I’ve tried all the different varieties.. chocolate/custard and jam/toffee… but nothing can beat the classic raspberry jammy dodger
Theres something special about that chewy raspberry jam-like filling. I remember eating the as much of the biscuit part first and saving the jammy middle for later. MMMMmmm 🙂
Other jam sandwich type biscuits don’t come anywhere close (though I will happily eat them .. I’m not one to discriminate).
When I came across this recipe for Jammy Dodgers I knew I had found it, or as close to Jammy Dodger goodness as I was going to get. A raspberry caramel filled short bread biscuit; chewy juicy raspberry goodness in a buttery biscuit… irresistible!
I always felt that the shortbread biscuit in Jammy Dodgers let them down, so I decided to use a custard shortbread (taken from ‘John Whaite Bakes’):
250g plain flour, 50g custard powder, 100g caster sugar combined, then crumbled into breadcrumbs with 250g cubed butter , and kneaded until it combines. Chilled in the fridge before rolling for approx 30mins
After rolling the dough out and cutting into rounds, I used a star and heart cutter on half of the rounds to make the ‘window’, then baked until they were golden brown (approx 15-18min at 180deg).
The caramel was surprisingly easy to make, I did slightly over heat mine so it was very thick as it cooled, next time i would follow the timings advised better. It does keep very well in the fridge.
Once cooled, they were filled the caramel, if the caramel is too thick when cooled, it can be microwaved to reach the desired consistency, but be careful as it gets very hot!
The custard shortbread is sooo buttery and yummy, not too sweet, so balances out nicely with the caramel. Unfortunately, I find it does not freeze very well and I find it really crumbly when used from the freezer.
The quantities as above made about 36-40 sandwiches, with enough caramel left over the make another batch a few weeks later. They stayed fresh and crispy for a week in an air tight container.