Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Chewy Chocolate Caramel Cups!
You asked! Here's the recipe for these bite sized deliciousness!
1 cup plain flour
90g butter, chopped
1/4 cup caster sugar
400g can sweetened condensed milk
30g butter, extra
2 tablespoons golden syrup
100g dark chocolate, melted.
First start off with the base.
Preheat the oven to moderate (180-200 degrees C). Grease two 12-hole mini-muffin pans. (or cupcake size if you want bigger ones, but I recommend mini size!)
In a processor, combine flour, butter and sugar until ingredients just come together, it'll look a bit like breadcrumbs. Press roughly a tablespoons worth of the mixture into each hole in the muffin pans being sure to stamp in firmly to create the cups. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until browned lightly.
Meanwhile in a saucepan, combine the condensed milk, extra butter and syrup over medium/low heat; stirring until smooth. Be sure not to heat it to the boiling point!
Pour the hot caramel filling into the hot biscuit bases; return to the oven for about three minutes or until caramel begins to brown around the edges.
My tried and true cooking method involves having the radio on loud; so this point is roughly the length of one good song on the radio, have a REALLY good dance and then take a peek into the oven to see how things are going.
Pull them out of the oven if they look good and let them stand for two minutes; (another song!) afterward take a knife and gently remove the tarts from the pan, putting them someplace to cool completely. By now they should be looking like this!
Resist the urge to gobble them up right away! Trust me on this!
After they're cool, melt the chocolate using your favourite method (either the bowl-over-boiling-pot-'o-water method, or in the microwave which is my personal fave) and then spread across the top of the cooled tarts. Stand until the chocolate has set (I tossed them into the fridge for an hour or so)
You can see here I experimented with both the mini-size and larger normal-cupcake size tins; they are VERY rich so I recommend going with the smaller, bite-sized versions.