A Slice of Chocolate and Caramel

You might remember that earlier in the week I told you about finding more focus in my day by baking something delicious and sweet? Well I thought it might be a nice idea to share the recipe that not only helped me make something tasty for a treat, but magically transformed the rest of my day into a much more efficient one. Such is the power of a good recipe … or perhaps it’s the delights of a Choc-Caramel Slice which worked some wonders.

I developed my own recipe based on a combination of two different source recipes (you’ll find the originals I based my recipe on here and here). I hope you like the results if you try it yourself (I know it didn’t last too long in our house). As the Mr doesn’t like overly caramel things (what’s up with that?), I didn’t want the caramel layer to be too thick, but I did want a decent amount of base and chocolate topping.

I love how innovation in the kitchen is often fuelled by a lack of ingredients. My caramel filling for this recipe came about due to a lack of golden syrup in the house, so I had to come up with an alternative. For this recipe you’ll need: self raising flour, a can of condensed milk, desiccated coconut, butter, brown sugar, and chocolate to melt.

Before you start on the fun stuff, be sure to preheat your oven to 180°C, grease a 20cm square cake pan and line it with baking paper.  For the base:

  1. In a bowl put 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 2/3 cup desiccated coconut, 2/3 cup self-raising flour, and 85 g melted butter.
  2. Mix together until well combined (it should have a crumbly, biscuit texture).
  3. Firmly press the base into the pan as evenly as possible.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Set aside the base to cool.

For the caramel layer, put 30g butter and 2 heaped tablespoons of brown sugar into a saucepan.

  1. Over medium heat, stir until the butter and sugar have melted.
  2. Add 395g condensed milk (1 can) and stir constantly until almost boiling.
  3. Reduce to low heat and stir for another 5 minutes until the caramel thickens and achieves a slightly golden colour.
  4. Pour caramel over base and spread evenly (it might be a little thick).
  5. Bake in oven for approximately 10 minutes or until the edges of the caramel layer start to brown.

Allow the slice to cool to room temperature before making the chocolate topping (hopefully you’ll be more patient than I was). Then melt 220g dark chocolate over gentle heat (I used a double boiler method – I placed the chocolate in a glass bowl, over a pan of boiling water so the chocolate doesn’t stick and burn).

  1. Spread the melted chocolate over the caramel layer (use the back of a spoon to spread evenly).
  2. Allow to cool slightly before placing in the fridge to set.
  3. After about 30 minutes, remove the slice from the fridge and cut into squares (if you leave it too long, you’ll never be able to cut through that hardened chocolate layer).
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge (it will probably keep for 4-5 days, but I doubt it will last that long).

All things going well, you should end up with a delicious slice ready to share with those you love best in the world. The resulting slice will have a slightly crumbly base, the caramel layer will be just chewy enough, and the chocolate top will be crispy … mmm, delicious!

Thoughts of caramel slice bring me to a nostalgic frame of mind … memories of primary school tuck-shops strangely come to the surface, as do pleasant recollections of learning how to bake with my mum and grandma … Isn’t it lovely how food is such a powerful trigger for bringing forth the past to the present? Do you associate certain foods with particular memories too?

18 Comments

  1. Erika Lee Sears

    YUM! it looks delicious.. 🙂 Tracey- what can’t you do? 🙂 Happy Thursday or your Friday.

    E

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Oh yes, it was YUM indeed Erika … when we catch up for our coffee and bake date this one will definitely be on the menu! 🙂

      I hope you had a great weekend!! 😀

  2. Gabrielle Bryden

    Yummo! You’re photos are cookbook quality. Food is definitely the stuff of memories – I have all my Mum’s recipes (for the main meals) and cook them for my kids (curries, stews, spaghetti, slices etc.,) – something nice about keeping some things the same.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – This was most definitely the slice to fulfil my serious caramel craving … thanks so much for your kind words about my photos … it’s always pretty enjoyable to take photos of such delicious things! 🙂

      I love that connection of food with memories … I have several special recipes that have been handed down through the generations, sharing such meals with our own families is a wonderful way to keep those memories alive.

      While change is something wonderful too, I agree that some things are nice the way they are.

  3. ejorpin

    YUM! That is all.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Emily – Haha, thanks so much! It was a delicious slice … I wish sending you a virtual piece was just the same as sending you a real slice! 🙂

  4. Krystal/Village

    Those look and sound delectable!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – I figure that with a combination like caramel and chocolate you can’t really go too wrong! (and that was definitely the case for this recipe too).
      xx

  5. Mel

    Oh – it’s Millionaire’s Shortbread! Yum! 🙂 I shall definitely be trying this recipe, thank you! xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – I’ve never encountered ‘Millionaire’s Shortbread’ before … that’s such a great name for it though! It’s definitely a ‘keeper’ recipe.
      🙂

  6. sofia

    miam ! they look delicious, have to try these one day. lately i’ve been baking too many muffins….have to make a pause 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sofia – Yes, you must try this one out some time … perhaps the next time you have a sweet craving? 🙂
      Baking muffins sounds just as appealing though … haha, but I know what you mean about trying to find that ‘balance’ in baking … sometimes my sweet tooth gets carried away with itself! 😉

  7. sheril benedict

    Looks yummy have to try this one …Your template looks awesome !!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sheril – It’s a yum recipe for sure … I hope you have similar tasty success when you try it yourself! 🙂

  8. lenore*

    It looks gooey & heavenly Tracey!
    so true~ certain scent/sound/taste brings me to a nostalgic mode especially in the kitchen!
    My late grandma was a wonderful baker, her kitchen used to be filled with wonderful aroma~
    Have a beautiful & creative new week! p.s: I’ve added you to my blog links.

    xo* as always

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lenore – Your thoughts on how the slice looks (gooey and heavenly) are perfect examples of how it tasted. In fact I find myself craving more of it this weekend … so it’s probably best that none is close to hand! 😉

      My late grandma was a wonderful baker too, so I always associate certain recipes with her … I love those little memory joggers.

      I hope your weekend has treated you well. Oh, and thanks so very much for adding me to your blog links (I’m trying to reciprocate with my own blog links, but there’s some technical issue to sort there first).

      Take care.
      xx

  9. PRIMOEZA

    yum yum! my partner doesn’t eat sweet things, a bit like yours, so i would be FORCED to have the whole thing to myself!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Primoeza – Double yum is most definitely in order for this slice … it was particularly delicious (if I do say so myself!).

      How terrible that your partner doesn’t eat sweet things, having to keep desserts and sweet treats all to yourself is a terrible burden for any one person to endure. I hope you do your best with such a challenge! 😉

Comments are closed.