Tuesday, October 23, 2007

re-creating caramel slice



My youngest sister, Hayley, came up from the Hawkes Bay to stay in the weekend. Her favourite thing is caramel slice and I usually make some for her – chocolate shortcake base with caramel and then chocolate topping. But this time she told me that there is a cafĂ© in Hastings that sells caramel slice that she adores and she bought a piece up with her for me to re-create.

To be honest I didn’t think that the one Hayley wanted me to make was as nice as the caramel slice that I usually make. It was a bit like tan square, but chocolate, and it almost tasted like it wasn’t cooked through properly. The chocolate taste was a little insipid – I like a more pronounced chocolate flavour.

The one that I made is above. I actually preferred my one! It is a little more chocolatey than the original and not quite as sugary. The caramel is really yummy – quite gooey and rich! The recipe I created is below:



Tammy’s chocolate caramel slice

Base:

160g butter
1 c sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 egg
2 c flour
¼ c cocoa
1 ½ tsp baking powder

· Soften butter until almost melted and then cream with sugar. Add golden syrup and then egg.
· Stir in rest of ingredients.
· Press half the mixture into a lined 23cm square tin. Pour over caramel (see below) and then patch rolled out pieces of the remaining dough over the top to cover.
· Bake at 170 deg for about 20 minutes

Caramel:

Melt together 1 400g tin condensed milk, ½ c brown sugar, 2 tbsp golden syrup and 50g butter, stirring until thick

2 comments:

Hayley Ferguson said...

This cake is one of the most divine things that I have tasted - which is saying a lot being able to experience Tammy's amazing baking! I am so lucky to be the sister of such an excellent baker and cook, this slice is definitely one to make yourselves!!!

helen111 said...

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P.S. Have you tried the Jamie Oliver "Home" receipe for his incredible roast lamb - takes 4 hours to cook and is so extremely succulant (another great one to impress the inlaws with ;-)