Friday, July 24, 2009

On a Mission


I have mentioned on my blog a number of times that caramel slice is my youngest sister’s favourite. To be completely honest, it is actually my favourite too and I love making it. Tan slice is probably my favourite style of caramel slice – particularly chocolate tan slice. When I was in Christchurch a few weeks ago my Dad and I went to the Cup, a wonderful café in the Cashmere hills. I had the most delicious piece of tan slice there. A vanilla tan slice, but with thick caramel and chocolate chips as well as the crumble on the top. Oh my goodness, it was so good!

Last weekend my second to youngest sister was up, so I made some chocolate tan slice for her to take home with her (my two youngest sister live in the same town). I always like to make new recipes, even though I have a fabulous chocolate tan square recipe that I have devised myself and which I have put on my blog in the past. I had a look through some books and found a recipe for an oaty tan slice in Allyson Gofton’s book Bake. I decided to make it a chocolate oaty tan slice as Hayley prefers chocolate slices, so I took out ¼ c flour and added in ¼ c dutched cocoa. The oats were actually a bit of a token gesture and unless you knew they were there, I don’t think you would notice them. I also found that the mixture was a bit dry and didn’t make enough for the topping – I had to add a few more oats and butter to stretch it to cover the base. So, I don’t actually rate this recipe that much and even though it looks delicious (and was delicious) it was not a recipe I would put in my recipe book if I was writing one (being my life long dream!). If you want a delicious chocolate tan slice recipe go to my recipe here.

Oh, and if you are ever in a café and try a piece of caramel slice that you think is the best, let me know what it is like so I can try and re-create it. I am on a life long mission for the best ever caramel slice

10 comments:

lauren said...

Hi Tammy, I love caramel slice too! I actually tried this Allyson Gofton recipe about a month ago but it was such a disaster for me! I was so disappointed. It was far too dry and just crumbled everywhere. I threw the whole thing into the bin with rage! Next time I will try your recipe!

Sally E. said...

Hi Tammy. I made the fudge brownies using that Raspberry Brownie recipe. YUMMO!! I am now hooked (which is not good for the waistline). Thanks heaps.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Heese look wonderful. I haven't seen anything like that here! :) Tammy I need to tell you something rather exciting. My NZ friend Queen Viv bought me acopy of the Edmonds cookery book. So now I feel armed and dangerous!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i've always wanted to make this (we simply dont have this kind of dessert in greece), as well as another kiwi favorite (ginger slice). i really miss these coffee time kiwi treats now that i live away from nz

pinkstripes said...

I think this would be my favorite too. It looks good.

Jules Someone said...

Being the moronic American that I am, what makes up a "slice'? Is it like a brownie? More like a custard? I'd love to try one!

Fiona and Michael Brown said...

That is one of our fav cafes in Chch too!! They have such a great selection of cabinet food. We also can't go to Chch without a visit to a coffee culture....

Cakelaw said...

I have never heard of tan slice before, but it looks delicious! I am a chocolate caramel slice devotee too, so I will have to add this to the list to try.

Tammy said...

Lorraine, the Edmonds cook book certainly has some classics -you should try yo-yos. I have been making those since I was about 10.

Jules, a slice is like a bar cookie I think.

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