Chocolate and hazelnut caramel bars

The creation of Rachel Allen, this is a wickedly sweet, chocolatey tray bake. The recipe makes lots, so freeze some of the bars for another time if you wish.

Serves: 30

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes


125g butter
1 x 397g tin condensed milk
1 tbsp golden syrup
75g caster sugar
125g toasted and halved hazelnuts
200g chopped dark chocolate
1 tbsp sunflower oil
200g butter
50g cocoa powder
300g caster sugar
2 beaten eggs
225g plain flour


Heat oven to 160C and line or grease a small Swiss roll tin measuring 20 x 30cm.

Place a medium-size saucepan over a medium heat and melt the butter for the chocolate base. Stir in the cocoa powder and sugar, and mix until smooth. Remove from the heat, stir in the eggs until completely combined, then stir in the plain flour. Spread the chocolate base over the prepared tin and bake for 20 mins until firm on top. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool while you make the hazelnut caramel layer.

Place the cleaned medium-size saucepan back over a medium heat, melt the butter, then add the condensed milk, golden syrup and sugar. Turn the heat to low and stir continuously for 12-15 mins until the mixture is dark caramel in colour – do not let it burn. Remove from the heat and stir in the nuts. Spread evenly over the chocolate base and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, for the topping, melt the chocolate in a bowl sitting over a saucepan of simmering water. When melted, stir in the oil, then pour over the caramel layer and smooth out, leaving to cool and set in the fridge. Cut into squares. These will keep for a week in an airtight container.

Recipe from Rachel’s Food For Living by Rachel Allen (R190, Collins) Rachel Allen’s Dinner Parties starts on Thursday 25th August at 20.25 exclusively on BBC Lifestyle, DStv channel 180!

Also featured here: Greek almond crescents.

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