Do you remember I made nanaimo bars a few months back? Every-one at work liked the base but found the filling a bit too sweet. I started thinking of ways I could adapt the base and decided to use it as the base for my chocolate caramel slice.
Now my chocolate caramel slice is a real favourite at work and I was a bit worried about tampering with the recipe as my work mates are very set in their ways.
I added ground walnuts to the base and a few tablespoons of cocoa to the mixture. My golden syrup went AWOL so I used some maple flavoured pancake syrup instead. I figured as it was only a few tablespoons, no-one would notice.
The slice came out of the oven and when topped with melted chocolate, it was a thing of beauty. I had a little piece and I thought it was absolutely scrumptious.
Here's the latest incarnation of the recipe for you.
Double Chocolate Caramel Slice
125 gm butter, melted
½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 cup plain flour
½ cup desiccated coconut
¼ cup ground walnuts
Combine the ingredients for the base. Spoon into a non-stick baking paper lined 7 x 11 inch tin. Place in a pre-heated 180°C oven for 10 – 15 minutes or until lightly coloured.
2 x 395 gm tins condensed milk
75 gm butter
4 x 20 ml tbl golden syrup
While the base is cooking, combine caramel ingredients in a saucepan and cook over a medium heat until the butter melts. Lower the heat and cook the caramel mixture, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until golden. Pour the caramel over the cooked base and return to the oven for another 10 – 15 minutes or until the caramel is golden brown. Allow to cool completely.
150 grams chocolate
30 grams butter
Melt the chocolate in a bowl, over a pan of simmering hot water over a low heat or in the microwave. When just melted, add the butter and stir until melted. Carefully smooth the chocolate over the surface of the slice. Allow the topping to set for 20 minutes before cutting the slice. Store the slice in a sealed container in the fridge. Bring to room temperature before serving. Makes 24 pieces.
I took the slice into work last week and waited for the verdict.
When word went around there was chocolate caramel slice in the Department, people came from far and wide. By day's end there wasn't a crumb left so I think it was a success. If you try out the recipe, let me know what you think.
I'm very excited as I've just booked a flight to Europe for May. I'm flying to Amsterdam for a conference followed by visits to Brussels, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Paris and Zurich. I can't wait!
See you all again next week,