I've been meaning to share this wonderful chocolate caramel slice recipe with you for several weeks. A young Australian friend of mine made this treat for her mother and I when we were planning to enjoy a "girls day out."
Of course, for all of my American friends, you would probably refer to this delicious dessert as Chocolate Caramel Bars or even Chocolate Caramel Squares.
In Australia, a dessert or sweet that is cut up into squares or bars is almost always referred to as a "slice." For example, if I was invited to a BBQ and asked what I could bring along, I might be asked to bring a slice (lemon slice, vanilla slice, caramel slice, etc).
Can you believe Don and I have been here for 18 years already??? I can hardly believe it myself! :)
Nevertheless, time has flown and I've made some wonderful friends in this part of the world.
One of my dearest friends is Kate, and I suppose I've known her for about 14 years now. We live about an hour apart, but we make it a point to get together at least once a month whenever possible.
Yes, I'm getting to the caramel slice recipe, but I have to tell you how I came to taste test this Aussie creation.
For my last birthday, Kate planned a "girls day out" for the two of us and we headed down to Cairns for some shopping and pampering (pedicures to be exact!).
Our first stop when we got to town was at Macca's (McDonald's) for a cup of coffee to give us a jump start.
Once we'd ordered and got a table outside, Kate pulled out a special treat she had brought along from her daughter.
Emily is a lovely young lady and a real treasure. As a teenager, she enjoys helping out in the kitchen, particularly making desserts.
Knowing it was my birthday celebration, she sent along a sample of her latest creation - a couple of nice big pieces of chocolate caramel slice! Yum! Yum! Yum!
It was a perfect pairing with our coffees and made for a very pleasant morning tea to start out our day. Yes, I know. We do call it "morning tea" even if no tea is involved. It's a British and Aussie thing.
Of course, after enjoying that mouthwatering morsel, I knew I had to get the recipe from Emily for myself as well as to share it with you. She was happy to send the recipe along to me and now I'm finally getting around to passing it on.
I hope you enjoy these chocolate caramel bars (aka chocolate caramel slice) as much as I did. Let me know what you think once you've given them a try.
Ingredients needed for each layer of this caramel slice recipe are as follows...
Chocolate Top Layer:
Even though the ingredient list might make you feel that this caramel slice recipe is "involved" it really isn't terribly challenging, so don't let the layers scare you off. Let's get started!
Well, I hope you like Emily's Caramel Slice Recipe as much as I did. I have to tell you I'm absolutely watering at the mouth typing this up for you and if it weren't nearly 11 pm I'd be tempted to go make a batch right this minute! I think I may have all the ingredients on hand which makes it even harder - ugh!
Whether you end up calling this recipe chocolate caramel bars, chocolate caramel squares, or chocolate caramel slice like we do, I look forward to hearing how yours turn out. Feel free to send along some photos to show them off too!
We are always on the lookout for more cake, cookie, and dessert recipes and party ideas to add to the site. If you've made something special, or even enjoyed it somewhere else, don't be stingy, share it with the rest of us!