Category: Recipes

Salted Caramel Chocolates

These luxuriously indulgent chocolates are a wonderful treat to gift your friends and family with – if you can keep your hands off of them!

To make the caramel sauce, place the butter, sugar, condensed milk, caramel and sea salt into a saucepan and heat until the butter has melted.

Pour the sauce into a jar and allow to cool fully and leave to chill in the fridge.

Break up half of the chocolate into a bowl over simmering water (make sure that the water is not touching the bottom of the pan)

Bring the temperature up to 42°C/110°F, then remove from the heat and allow to cool. Continue to monitor the temperature until it reaches 32°C/90°F.

Carefully spoon the chocolate into the moulds using a decorating brush or the back of the teaspoon to smooth. Tip the mould up to remove any excess chocolate, pouring it back into the bowl.

Chill the moulds for 10-20 minutes, until the chocolate has set.

Once the chocolate has set, fill the moulds with the caramel sauce (do not overfill)

Chill further in the fridge until the caramel has hardened.

Meanwhile, melt the remaining chocolate as before and carefully spoon over the caramel to seal the chocolate. Chill for 15-20 minutes.

Once completely set turn out the chocolates and wrap ready to gift or decorate your tree.

Super Easy Flapjacks

Ingredients:

  • 160g butter
  • 115g demerara sugar
  • 1 tsbsp golden syrup
  • 240g porridge oats
  • 115g extras (see below)
    raisins or any combination you fancy – nuts, raisins, dried cranberries – mix it up and use your imagination, see what’s lurking in the cupboard and use it up.

Preheat the oven to 160c Fan/180c/Gas Mark 4.

Grease a 7 x 7″ baking tin.  Don’t worry too much if you don’t have the right size tin, I’ll show you one of my little tricks in a minute!

Add the butter, demerara sugar and syrup to a pan and heat gently until all the sugar has dissolved.

Remove from the heat and add to the pan the oats and any fruit/nut/extras you are using, give it a good stir.  You will need a solid wooden spoon as the mixture is fairly stiff.

Tip the mixture into your prepared tin and flatten down with the back of spoon to level.

Take a piece of foil and fold it into a long thin strip.  Fold it so that it sits against the edge of the flapjack in the tin. Then using a suitable size oven proof dish use it to weight down the foil and keep it in place.

This little trick works with firm recipes like flapjacks and biscuit bars that aren’t going to ooze everywhere.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.  The top will be barely coloured and will still look very soft but don’t worry it will firm up as it cools.  Don’t be tempted to bake it a bit longer as the flapjack will go hard and tough on the old teeth!

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes, after which you will need to carefully cut it into pieces.

Leave in the tin to cool completely.