chocolate caramel bars with a salty sprinkle (makes 14 bars, every 3cm x 11cm)
Takes About 1½ hours to make and bake, then extra time to chill down.
Retains for someday at room temperature, then refrigerated for 1–2 weeks.
180 g unsalted butter 220 g plain (all-purpose) flour
50 g icing (confectioners’) sugar
¼ teaspoon wonderful sea salt
380 g sweetened condensed milk
50 g darkish muscovado (darkish brown) sugar
100 g darkish corn syrup
100 g unsalted butter
2 g wonderful sea salt
1 vanilla bean, break up and seeds scraped (or 1 teaspoon vanilla paste)
40 g uncooked walnuts
200 g darkish chocolate (60–70% cocoa)
15 g unsalted butter
½ teaspoon sea salt flakes
Preheat the oven to 160°C. You will want a 23 cm sq., 5 cm deep cake tin. Lower two items of baking paper as large because the tin and lengthy sufficient to cowl the edges, with some extra paper overhanging. Spray the tin with cooking oil spray and lay one piece of paper throughout the bottom of the tin and up the edges, then place the second piece on high (to type a crosshatch). The paper will let you elevate the slice out of the tin simply.
To make the bottom, soften the butter and go away to chill a bit. Put the flour, icing sugar and salt in a heatproof mixing bowl and stir to mix. Pour the butter into the dry elements and blend along with your palms to type a sticky paste. Press the combination into the ready tin and clean it out with an offset spatula.
Bake for 45 minutes till the bottom is a tan biscuity color. If any bubbles type below the bottom whereas baking, simply prick them with a skewer to softly deflate them. Place the walnuts (for the topping) on a baking tray and toast them, concurrently the bottom, for about 20 minutes, or till deep golden brown.
Clear the blending bowl. Select a saucepan that can let you nestle the bowl on high, with out it touching the water under. Fill the pan with 5 cm of water and convey to a mild simmer on the stovetop.
To make the caramel filling, put all of the filling elements within the cleaned bowl. Place the bowl on high of the pan of simmering water over a medium–low warmth, stirring properly often, till the butter has totally melted and emulsified. The consistency must be thick and gloopy and the color only a shade darker – this may take about 10 minutes. Fish out the vanilla bean when you selected that vanilla possibility.
There are two issues to look out for right here. If the filling overheats and separates, rapidly whisk in 40g of condensed milk or cream to re-emulsify. If the flames lick up the aspect of the saucepan and trigger the caramel to burn on the aspect, scrape out the affected burnt areas as finest you may, then carry on cooking it on a decrease warmth.
Put aside at room temperature. Take the walnuts out of the oven and funky to room temperature. As quickly as the bottom is prepared, take away from the oven and instantly scrape the caramel filling excessive.
If the bottom cools an excessive amount of, it can recede from the edges of the tin, which can go away the perimeters of the baked filling and not using a base beneath it (nonetheless scrumptious although!)
Scale back the oven to 120°C. Return the crammed base to the oven and bake for 15–20 minutes. If it begins to brown too rapidly, scale back the oven barely and proceed to bake. When cooked, the center will really feel set and a bit rubbery (watch out once you contact it – it’s caramel sizzling) and the edges must be beginning to blister and switch mild brown. Take away and go away to chill utterly for 1–2 hours at room temperature (or for a shorter time within the fridge, however I really feel the sandy texture of the bottom is compromised when chilly, so only a transient chill within the fridge is finest).
To make the topping, soften the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of just-boiled water. Stir completely after which pour it excessive of the caramel. Easy evenly with an offset spatula or just tilt the tin to distribute the chocolate. Crush the walnuts along with your palms excessive and sprinkle over the salt flakes.
Select your ooze issue and funky the slice till the chocolate is ready to your liking – glistening and runny (about quarter-hour) or agency (about 45 minutes). Grab the surplus paper on the edges, then shimmy and elevate the slice out of the tin and place onto a chopping board. Peel the paper away from the edges. Dip a serrated knife in sizzling water, dry and chop into bars.
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