|Chocolate Bars with Caramel, Cherries & Hazelnuts|
This is such an unbelievably moreish recipe. I'd suggest if you attempt to make it to box half of it up and place in the freezer as you'll not be able to leave it alone if it's at hand
I used a 9"x9" 23cmx23cm deepish baking tray
you could use a Swiss roll tray 8x12" but the bars will be thinner
Oil & line the trays with some parchment paper
Set the oven to 160c/325f/gas 3
The Recipe will make around 32 bars
if you prefer to measure your ingredients rather than weigh them here is a detailed Conversion Chart
The chocolate cake base
8oz/225g plain flour
2oz /50g good quality cocoa powder (sieve these two together)
7oz butter or margarine
2 beaten eggs
11oz/300g caster sugar
melt the butter in a saucepan, add the sugar and mix to disolve. remove from the heat
Stir in the cocoa & flour add the eggs mix well.
Pour into the prepared tray, even out and bake for around 20 mins until it's firm to the touch. Leave to cool while you make the caramel.
The Caramel Centre
a tin of condensed milk 397g
3oz/75g caster sugar
4oz /125g butter
2tbsp golden syrup
3oz/75g roasted hazelnuts,( if you don't like cherries just use 6 oz hazelnuts)
3oz/75g glace cherries or perhaps raisins, dried cranberries or what ever you have
Melt the butter, condensed milk, sugar & syrup over a low heat, bring to a slow boil & keep stirring it on & off for around 10 minutes or so. Just watch it like a hawk or it could burn. It should be a lovely golden brown colour. Add the hazelnuts & cherries and pour onto the cooled cake.
For the Chocolate top
7oz/200g good quality dark chocolate broken into small pieces
Pour boiling water into the bottom of a saucepan
Put the chocolate & butter into a bowl
Place on the top of the boiling water.
Stir occasionally until they are both well combined and of a runny consistency
When the cake is completely cooled pour over the chocolate. Leave to cool until set. This is best done in a fridge for an hour or so. Cut into squares or bars. This will freeze brillantly or keep it for around a week in a tupperware box in the fridge