Thanks to the fact that I “have it all” I really have very little time for baking. Also I need to keep my butt to some sort of appropriate size for fitting into my jeans, and I apparently need to ensure my children do not have too many holes in their teeth. Hence, I do not bake a lot of sweets.
But Christmas is the time for baking, and sharing food and blessing other people with chocolate. So this Christmas I found myself one awesome sweet recipe, and I made it over and over. I gave it to neighbours, family, friends, Grandparents, children and then made one final batch for camping munchies. The recipe is simple and easy to make and I received a lot of compliments.
So I present to you Chocolate Caramel Slice (circa Christmas 2014). With recipe inspired by Arthurs Street Kitchen.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup SR flour
- 125g butter, melted
- 1 cup dessicated coconut
- 1 tin sweetened condensed milk
- Extra 50g butter
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- 200g chocolate, melted
- Line a slice tin with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
- Melt the butter and add in the SR flour, coconut and brown sugar. Stir until mixed right through and then press it into the base of your tin, pushing firmly down with the back of a spoon.
- Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from oven.
- While it is baking combine the condensed milk, extra butter and golden syrup and heat over medium heat until it begins to simmer, stirring continuously. Then pour this mixture over the base and return to the oven for another 8- 10 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate gently and then spread evenly over the caramel slice. Allow to cool and then place into the fridge until set.
I also had a girlfriend make me a different and more sophisticated Salted Chocolate and Caramel slice where she incorporated Sea Salt flakes on top of the chocolate. This was a very intense flavour hit. Try it if you like. 🙂
I learnt something interesting about myself this year. The more relaxed and happy I am, the more I will want to cook. (Hence the scarcity of my blog posts since I started working). I also eat more when I am relaxed and thus ended up slightly fatter. So if you see me working a little extra chub, be jealous of how happy I am! ( I guess this is one way that Kate Moss and I are different).
Happy Cooking Foodies! And don’t forget to share.
PS We went mad this year for cherries. It was an awesome crop this year with weather conditions being just right. We love to pick cherry’s at our friend’s farm in Wandin. http://www.cherryhaven.com
They have an impressive variety of Cherry’s here and the owner’s are simply lovely.
If we are feeling lazy we pop into https://www.cherryhill.com.au.
They sell their cherry’s pre packaged although you can also pick fresh from their orchard or have them delivered fresh to your door. I did notice they were also selling to the big supermarkets this year although I understand those cherry’s do not come from their Wandin farm. Fresh cherries from the tree are awesome and well worth a try by the way.
While you are there, maybe check out this new tea house.
They are growing their own maze, they have beautiful gardens and a very cute and quirky tea themed gift shop (and the owner is my bestie). I would love to hear what you think.
Until then, enjoy the cherries, tea and caramel slice. Sounds like a perfect Summer to me. 🙂