recipe: chocolate caramel slice

July 15, 2011

As much as I love summer, the warmer months do have a serious downfall when it comes to sweets. Most people prefer desserts with fruit in the summer, and while I do love how fresh the strawberries and peaches are, I can't help getting some serious chocolate cravings. I have been wanting to make this chocolate caramel dessert for months now, as I've frequently seen it featured in Bon Appetit's Epicurious ads. I looked it up and the Chocolate Caramel Slice is supposed to be a variation of a traditional Australian dessert. When I think of Australia, I think of surfers, tans, and bikinis--basically summer, so this dessert is now summer-approved in my book. This dessert is really delicious and I can't tell you how many times Matthew told me it's his new favorite. He finally decided that it reminds him of a gourmet twix bar, which I can kind of see since it has the crust, the caramel layer, and the chocolate ganache layer. It definitely has that salty-sweet component that I love, and the sea salt on top is a nice touch to balance out the richness of the chocolate. They go fast so I'd make the whole recipe!
Chocolate-Caramel Slice printable
Bon Appétit  | May 2007
Bill Granger

INGREDIENTS
Crust
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon ice water
  • 1 large egg yolk

Toppings

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, diced
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup (such as Lyle's Golden Syrup) or dark corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
  • Flaked sea salt (such as Maldon)

DIRECTIONS
For crust:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 11x7x2-inch metal baking pan. Blend first 4 ingredients in processor. Add butter. Using on/off turns, blend until coarse meal forms. Add 1 tablespoon ice water and egg yolk. Blend until moist clumps form. Press dough onto bottom of pan; pierce all over with fork. Bake until golden, piercing if crust bubbles, about 20 minutes. Cool completely.

For toppings:
Whisk first 5 ingredients in medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves, butter melts, and mixture comes to boil. Attach candy thermometer to side of pan. Boil gently until caramel is thick and temperature registers 225°F, whisking constantly, about 6 minutes. Pour caramel evenly over crust; cool 15 minutes to set.

Meanwhile, melt chocolate with cream in microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring occasionally. Spread chocolate over warm caramel; sprinkle with sea salt. Refrigerate until chocolate is set, at least 1 hour. DO AHEAD Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.

Cut dessert lengthwise into 4 strips. Cut each strip crosswise into 5 or 6 slices. Transfer to platter and serve.
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Have a great weekend everyone! 
It's been dubbed "Carmageddon" in LA, since one of the main freeways is closed all weekend. 
We're planning on having a nice staycation in our neighborhood and not venturing anywhere more than 5 miles away. Wish us luck!
xox
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42 comments:

  1. That looks seriously yummy! I do love Bill Granger, he has some great desserts and they very rarely fail. Have fun on your staycation. Happy weekend!

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  2. These look SO unbelievably delicious!! I'm a sucker for any carmel + choc combination.

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  3. lush! so yummy, well as is anything chocolate I guess!

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  4. I officially must try these. They look so tasty!

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  5. Oh yum!! This looks soooo good I want one right now!! Haha :) I love dessert anytime of the year! <3

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  6. mmm that looks delicious! hope you have a good weekend! xoxo

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  7. ohhhh my goodness, anything that closely resembles a Twix is heaven in my opinion :) have fun in the neighborhood this weekend! maybe you will discover something new that is nearby, which is always nice!

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  8. Those look seriously amazing. I love anything with a buttery and sugary crust like that!

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  9. These look delicious!! I think I may need to make some. Thanks for the recipe!

    Erin
    www.simplyjustlovelyblog.com

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  10. i usually make these every christmas, but i just might make them now :)

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  11. Ok those look freakin delicious! And pretty easy to make!

    Good luck with "Carmageddon." I've been hearing about it a lot - even way out here in Utah!

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  12. Nom nom nom :) These look delicious!

    www.theheadlessmannequin.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh my word that looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Hi! Long time no see :-) Love this! My dad loves caramel and chocolate, so I might just make this when he comes visit in a couple of weeks!

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  15. Ooo this does look like Twix! Yum yum! L. would go nuts over this. We're trying to stay away from any 405 cross-streets and close to our neighborhood too...but we HAVE to go see Harry Potter tonight!!

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  16. Ooooh this looks amazing! Maybe I will make this during carmaggedon to keep me busy!

    xx Melina

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  17. Mara, are you trying to kill me? This looks amazing! I love anything involving salted caramel.
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  18. Woo Hoo!! We Aussies are amazing right?! :P I love caramel slice. You can get it all year here at bakeries.

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  19. Oh goody! Caramel slices are my absolute favourite and i am so excited you posted this recipe. Unfortunately i eat more chocolate in winter (where i barely exercise due to rainy days) but this recipe is so being made! I can't resist. Thankyou for sharing xx

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  20. They look so yummy! I am like a chocaholic so chocolate beats fruit almost every time. I love sea salt on chocolate and carmel desserts.

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  21. Oh yum! I'm pretty sure this is the same thing we call Millionaire's Shortbread. Mmmm!

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  22. Caramel slice is big in New Zealand too - YUM. It is so delicious... what is more perfect than chocolate, caramel, and cookie all together?? I think I might have to try this recipe soon!

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  23. ummmm, those look incredible!! i have GOT to try these asap :) thank you! hope you're having a lovely weekend!

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  24. Oh that looks fabulous!!! I'm going to have to try to make these!

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  25. yay Aussie recipes. I grew up with this. we call it 'poison'!!!

    www.simplystylishmom.com

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  26. iwant a bite it looks yummmy

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  28. This sounds amazing~ I will have to make it one of these days!

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  29. salt on caramel slice? how have i not thought of this before?! and you're right about it being a traditional aussie dessert - its not a summer bbq unless theres a tray of caramel slice and a pavlova drowning in cream and fresh fruit!

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  30. I had no idea it was an Australian dessert. I've been eating it for years assuming everyone ate it all the time!

    x Jasmine

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  31. looks amazing :)

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  32. Oh Mara, I love this blog of yours so much! Well, I would even go so far as to say that this is my currently very favorite one!!!

    This blog is so personal and I love that it is not only a "lookbook" but rather full of all the Mara-Matthew stories.

    Keep on doing, you're doing very well!!!

    <3 from a german kindred spirit

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  33. hello, deliciousness! that looks incredible!

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  34. Ooh I had no idea this was an Aussie dessert. It's called millionaire's shortbread over here.

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  35. oh yummm. hope your staycation went well :)

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  36. My mouth is watering. I need to make this delicious treat. YUMO!! Thanks for sharing Mara. I hope Carmageddon didn't spoil your weekend. :D

    xx Love & Aloha

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  37. just found your blog!love your style and recipes!!
    following you:)
    kiss from prague
    you can check my blog too
    http://sienastyle.blogspot.com/

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  38. Oh wow these look so good.

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