Oaty caramelitas

Serves: 0
Course: Dessert
Cooking Time: 0 hr 30 mins
  • For the caramel:
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 120g butter
  • 397g tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • For the chocolate flapjacks:
  • 250g medium porridge oats
  • 150g plain flour
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 200g butter
  • 150g soft brown sugar (or caster sugar)
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • For chocolate topping:
  • 175g dark chocolate (minimum 55 per cent cocoa solids)

1. First make the caramel: Gently melt the sugar, butter, condensed milk and golden syrup in a medium saucepan. Using a whisk to stir vigorously, increase the heat to just below boiling, then fast simmer stirring for about 15 minutes while the sauce changes colour and starts to thicken (use a wooden spoon to scrape around the inside edges of the pan to avoid the mixture catching the base of the pan). Remove it regularly from the heat source if it starts to spit as you stir. Stand over the pan and keep stirring until it reaches a deep caramel colour (or has an amber hue).

2. For the chocolate flapjacks: Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius, fan. Line a square (20cm x 20cm) baking tin with parchment paper. Mix the oats, flour, cocoa powder and salt in a large wide mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Heat the butter and sugar in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Stir without allowing the mixture to boil. Once the sugar is fully dissolved and blended with the butter to give a smooth consistency, stir in the golden syrup and vanilla extract.

3. Pour the hot liquid evenly over the dry ingredients, stirring well. The oats should be evenly coated and moistened.

4. Transfer two thirds of the mixture into the lined baking tin and use the back of a spoon to pack the mixture into the tin and smooth the surface.  Next spread an even layer of the caramel over the surface.

5. Next cover the caramel evenly with the remaining flapjack mixture and bake on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for 30 minutes (if the edges start to burn, reduce the oven temperature slightly). Once baked, remove from the oven and set aside to cool fully, before adding the chocolate.

6. For the chocolate topping: Melt the chocolate in a bain marie (a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water). Pour the melted chocolate over the surface of the baked caramelitas. Set aside to cool at room temperature.

7. Use a large serrated knife to cut neatly into even squares or fingers (portioning when the chocolate is set but not fully hardened helps avoid cracking the chocolate when cutting).