Two weeks back we had friends for dinner, she is from Vietnam and he is from Belgium and they have been married for a while and have a teenage daughter.
When ever we ask them I make India food as both of them live Indian food and this time when we invited them I decided I will do a thali dinner, which to our delight they loved it, especially when I brought the tali plate filled with various kind of dishes and she really love papadoms.
So when they came home they gave me a gift packet and to my delight it was a baking book, I was really pleased about getting a baking book as a gift.
And two days later I made these super delicious Caramel Bars and took a whole bunch to our friends place as she loves sweets .
I must say if you make this, share with your friends etc....as it is a rich bar.
We loved it but then in small portions :-)
Melting everything for the filling
120 gm butter, plus extra for the pan.
175 gm flour
60 gm sugar
For the fillling
175 gm butter
120 gm sugar
3 tsp golden syrup or if you don't have this you can use honey
400 ml sweet condensed milk
200 gm pure chocolate
Prepare the tin ( 23 x 23 cm) I rubbed with a bit of butter and then used baking paper and overflowed the paper a bit so that it will be easier to take it out from the tin. I didn't had the above measurment pan so I used my tin which I use for making brwonies.
Preheat the oven to 180° c
Mix the butter, flou and sugar in a food processor till it gets to a ball.
Take this ball mixure and spread into the pan. Bake this for 20 to 25 minutes, till the top is golden brown.
In the mean time make the filling.
Heat a pan in a low fire add the butter, sugar , syrup and the condensed milk and heat it till teh sugar is dissilved.
Then highter the heat and bring the whol mixture to boil, loved the heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, till it is thick.
Pour this mixture to the baked dough ( the baked dough should be cold) and let it get hard by keeping it in the fridge. This will take 2 hours or more.
For the chocolate layer, melt chocolate in a MW and pour over the hardened layer of caramel and leave thie chocolate to get hard in the fridge.
When you want to slice into bars, just lift everything using the baking paper and slice them according to the size you like.