Chocolate Caramel Slice

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Prep 30min (+1hr cooling and 1hr chilling time)Bake 20minMakes 20 pieces

This has to be the perennial favourite... biscuit base, gooey caramel centre and chocolate topping is a combination made in heaven. This chocolate caramel slice has been given a little makeover with a feather-patterned topping.


110g (¾ cup) plain flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
30g (⅓ cup) desiccated coconut
75g (⅓ cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
80g butter, melted
1 teaspoon natural vanilla essence or extract

    Caramel filling

    395g tin sweetened condensed milk
    110g (½ cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
    1 tablespoon golden syrup
    40g butter, cubed

      Chocolate topping

      200g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped
      30g butter, cubed
      75g good-quality milk chocolate


        1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease a 16cm x 26cm (base measurement) shallow slice tin and line the base and sides with one piece of non-stick baking paper, cutting into the corners to fit.
        2. To make the base, combine the flour, baking powder, desiccated coconut and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add the butter and vanilla and mix well. Crumble evenly over the base of the lined tin and use your hands to press down firmly and cover evenly. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through and lightly golden. Remove from the oven.
        3. Meanwhile, to make the Caramel Filling, combine the sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, golden syrup and butter in a small saucepan and cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, for 10 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens slightly (do not boil).
        4. Pour the hot caramel immediately over the base and use the back of a metal spoon to smooth the surface. Return the slice to the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the caramel has darkened slightly and starts to bubble around the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside for 1 hour or until cooled completely.
        5. To make the Chocolate Topping, combine the dark chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (don’t let the water touch the base of the bowl). Stir frequently until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Pour over the cooled slice and use the back of a metal spoon to cover evenly. Tap the tin on the bench to even the topping and to remove any air bubbles. Melt the milk chocolate in the same way as the dark chocolate and butter in a separate small heatproof bowl. Place the slice with the long edge facing you. Use a teaspoon to generously drizzle the milk chocolate widthways across the dark chocolate to form vertical lines. Then use a skewer to run through both the dark and milk chocolate lengthways 5-6 times in alternate directions to form a feather pattern. Place in the fridge for 1 hour or until the chocolate sets. 
        6. Use a warm large sharp knife to cut into to serve.

        Baker's Tips

        • This slice will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

        This recipe is from Anneka's SBS Food online column, Bakeproof: Childhood Favourites.

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        Photography by Alan Benson.