Caramel Slice is quite a traditional treat for afternoon tea here in Australia. It is also good for morning tea, or dessert, or anytime!
For anyone out there that has never tasted Caramel Slice, it is a shortbread biscuit topped with creamy caramel, then a lovely thick layer of chocolate on top. It is quite simple to make, but please make sure that you constantly stir the caramel or it will burn very quickly and ruin your pan.
This recipe came from Australian Good Taste. If you are not keen on dark chocolate then you can substitute milk chocolate instead. I have also read versions that use melted chocolate bars (like Mars bars) to get the top layer.
Ingredients – makes approx 16 pieces:
- 1 and 1/2 cups plain (all purpose) flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup (loosely packed) brown sugar
- 150g/5 oz unsalted butter, melted
- 400g/14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup (tightly packed) brown sugar
- 50g/2 oz unsalted butter, chopped
- 200g/7 oz dark cooking chocolate, melted
- Heat your oven to 180C/160C fan forced/350F.
- Line and grease a rectangular tin (approx 27cm x 17.5cm x 3.5cm / 11in x 7in x 1.5in).
- Combine the flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl and then make a well in the centre.
- Add the melted butter and stir to combine.
- Tip the shortbread into the prepared pan and use the back of a spoon to spread it over the base of the pan in an even layer.
- Bake the shortbread for 20 minutes or until lightly golden.
- To make the caramel, pour the condensed milk into a small saucepan and add the butter and sugar. Cook, stirring constantly, over a low heat for about 15 minutes or until the caramel boils and then thickens.
- Pour the caramel over the shortbread base and bake for 8-10 minutes or until it bubbles – be careful not to cook it too long or it will burn.
- Remove from the oven and set aside to cool in the pan.
- Once the slice has cooled, pour the melted chocolate over the top and smooth the surface with a flat bladed knife.
- Set aside until the chocolate sets, then cut into squares and serve.