Chocolate Caramel Slice

So as a mother… all I want to do for my children is give them a childhood as good as I had… if not better… I have thumbled through this journey as new challenges arise and things occur that were not expected… but throughout all of these challenges and experiences I continue to nurture and love, support and guide, give them a wonderful education and try and give them as many different experiences as possible. One experience I have not been able to give Oliver, as I had as a child, is the food experience… I often try and remind myself that he doesn’t know any different… and it has taken me many years to get my head around this… Still at birthday celebrations, Easter and Christmas I have tried over the years to recreate the things that were traditional in my childhood for Oliver (and our whole family) to enjoy. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t feel like he is missing out as I always try and reinvent whatever I loved as a child.

Today my challenge was the Chocolate Caramel Slice. My mum always made this (among many other things) at Christmas time. Oliver saw this in a cake shop window one day as we were passing and asked if we could make it. It looks soooooo yummy mum! My heart sank and I explained once again that we could try… but I think that this will be a hard one… I am no chef… but I was willing to give it a go for Oliver. All we can do is try…

So the challenge began and not without its hiccups… we only had a tiny bit of desiccated coconut left in the jar… so we had to go into town to buy some more… Quick let’s go I said.  Can’t we ride into town Oliver asked? With the challenge clear in my head and the energy I needed to take it on I wanted to roll with the enthusiasm… no let’s make it quick so we can get back to our challenge I pleaded… Remember we were going to go for a ride on our bikes every day of the holidays Oliver reminded me… Hmmm?? I thought… even though it was very windy and cold outside the sun was shining at this moment… goodness knows when that would happen again I thought… so I agreed with Oliver that it might be a good time to seize the moment and off we road…

Over the lake bridge…

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along the beach tracks…

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… we had to stop to look at the surfers surfing as surf was up! Then we had a play at the super dooper playground in town… we finally made it to the shop to buy our desiccated coconut! Then we headed back home… but we had to stop to watch the digger on the way back…

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And… then we stopped to listen to the ducks and birds at the pond…

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And finally… back to the challenge…

To cut an already long story shorter… it took me 3 trips into town to replenish stock and 4 attempts at the slice but… I think that we are finally happy with the final recipe… hope that you enjoy it too…

Chocolate Caramel Slice

INGREDIENTS: Base: 1 cup Wheat-free flour, ½ cup desiccated coconut, ½ cup brown sugar, 125g Nuttelex, melted

Caramel filling: 2 Tblsp golden syrup, 450 g sweetened condensed soy milk (you can either make your own or you can buy the Olvebra Soy milk condensed milk), 20 g butter

Chocolate Topping: 1 ½ cups of Sweet William Dairy free Cooking chocolate choc chips (we used 50/50 chocolate choc chips and white choc chips as Oliver doesn’t like it too chocolatey), 2 tspn vegetable oil or coconut oil

METHOD: Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a large 20cmx30cm slice tin with baking paper.

Place flour, coconut, sugar and melted butter into a bowl and mix well. Press the mixture into the lined slice tin. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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To make the caramel filling combine golden syrup, condensed soy milk and Nuttelex into a small saucepan. Bring to boil over a low heat. Stir constantly for approximately 5-10 mins or until thickened and a light caramel colour.

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Pour caramel over the cooked base and bake in oven for 15 minutes or until golden.

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Remove from oven and cool in tray.

To make the chocolate topping place the chocolate chips and oil into a microwavable bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir. If not quite melted return and microwave for another 30 seconds or until all chocolate has melted.

Pour over cooled caramel. Refrigerate until fully cool and firm and cut into slices.

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