Friday, 12 October 2012

coconut, caramel & walnut slice

Look, I know we eat with our eyes, but if I tell you that something is absolutely worth making even if it is not the prettiest of baked goods... will you do it? Will you actually get up and get into your kitchen and make it? I really hope so. For your sake, I hope so.

Trust me when I say that this slice is delicious

Buttery, chewy, caramel-y, delicious.

I make it often for when people come over or when I have to bring something to a picnic. For the first little while they just sit there, all stacked up on the plate trying too look pretty... but they're just not that pretty. But then, some lovely sympathetic person will try a piece of the ugly slice and die from how delicious it it, and then they just can't stop themselves from going back again and again for more. Soon enough, the plate will be empty and you'll be in huge trouble from the one person who singlehandedly devoured the entire plate of buttery goodness. They'll be mad at you for how much butter you just "made" them eat, but they'll still ask for the recipe!

Brown sugar is the hero of this slice - it is the hero of pretty much all things caramel. So make sure you're always well stocked! 

Coconut, Caramel & Walnut Slice
(recipe from a friend over here)

125g butter
1 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar

Caramel topping:
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs self raising flour
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat the oven to 180 celsius. Grease and line a brownie pan. 

2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the flour in gradually until the mixture reaches a course dough. 

3. Pour the mixture into the pan and press down until even - it will feel like the mixture won't fill the pan, but it will if you're persistant.

Smooth it out using the back of a spoon. Bake the base for about 15 minutes until light golden brown. 
4. In a large bowl beat together the eggs and vanilla essence until thick and creamy. Gradually add in the brown sugar until well combined. 

5. Fold in the flour, coconut, and walnuts. Pour the topping over the base and bake for another 25 minutes. Wait until it's cool before cutting! 

Oh so buttery, oh so good.

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