Earlier in the year I was lamenting the lack of a knitting group. Well, since then a group of friends from The Nappy Network have been getting together fairly regularly to knit and natter and eat really sticky calorific desserts. Bliss!
Last night it was my turn to host, and Miss 2.8 and I decided to make something so inherently bad for you, it should only be consumed on occasions – such as knitting nights – where calories simply don’t count.
We made Chocolate Caramel Square. I grabbed a recipe from the Chelsea Sugar website (Yep – a clue it’s *very* bad for you!) and adapted it just a bit. Here’s my version:
Chocolate Caramel Slice
Preparation time – 40 minutes plus refrigeration time Makes 20 slices
1 cup plain flour
½ cup desiccated coconut
½ cup Brown Sugar
125g melted butter
¼ cup Golden Syrup
1 X 400 g can sweetened condensed milk
1 package milk chocolate buttons and a splash of vegetable oil
1. Preheat oven to 180º C conventional or 160ºC fan baked. Mix all base ingredients. Bake for 12 -15 minutes or until golden brown, put aside.
2. Heat extra butter and Golden Syrup in a saucepan until butter has melted and simmer over low heat for 3 minutes. Add condensed milk and stir over a medium heat for a further 7 – 10 minutes or until caramel becomes golden brown in colour. Pour over the prepared base.
3. Melt the chocolate and oil in the microwave – blast 20 sec at a time, stirring well in between.
Spread over the caramel and refrigerate to set before slicing.
Hide from husband until guests arrive.
Excuse the slightly crumby plate! These are the leftovers – I suspect DH’s cholesterol level will not thank me for these.
Oh, and back to knitting: a good time was had by all – except maybe Trudi who is 39 weeks 1 day preg and baby is dropping lower and lower – not leaving much room for desserts! Looking around the room I could see in progress: a crocheted octopus, a bamboo/cotton baby cardigan, 2 variegated hoodies, a couple of pairs of longies, a wee Oriental Lily dress in NB size, and a pair of socks. Ah, great company! Can’t wait for next week – at Trudi’s house if bubs hasn’t arrived yet 🙂