New Zealand Oaty Caramel Slice

Another recipe from the family collection, versions of this oaty caramel slice are often found in café cabinets around New Zealand.

For those of us who love caramel and are after something a little more hearty, this is the slice for you.

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Ingredients - New Zealand Oaty Caramel Slice

1 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup self-raising flour
1/2 cup long-thread coconut
3/4 cup soft brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup wholegrain oats
1 egg, lightly beaten

200 grams butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Caramel Filling:

125 grams butter
1 and 1/2  - 2 x 395 gram tins sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoons golden syrup
2 Tablespoons vanilla essence

NB: If you would like less caramel, this caramel filling can be halved   

Preheat oven to 180°C. Prepare a deep slice tin by greasing and lining with baking paper.

Combine flours, coconut, sugar and oats in a large bowl, mixing with a wooden spoon to  combine.
Add beaten egg and melted butter, mixing again to combine. 
Press 3/4 of this mixture into prepared tin, setting remaining 1/4 aside.
On the stovetop, slowly melt the butter, sugar, condensed milk and golden syrup together in a heavy-based saucepan.

Stir continually, bringing mixture to a simmer. Cook for approximately 7 minutes, until the mixture turns a nice golden colour and begins to thicken.  Remove from heat and allow to cool for 2 minutes before stirring through vanilla essence.
Pour caramel mixture on top of prepared base.
Combine remaining 1/4 of your base mix with chopped walnuts, and then sprinkle this over the caramel. I like to include big chunks of the oat mixture during this step, to add some nice chewiness and a bit of texture.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove from oven, and cool in tin before transferring to the fridge to set fully (approximately 2 hours). 

This slice keeps best in the fridge. Enjoy! 

Yields: Approx 15 slice sqaures

Prep time: 40 minutes | Cook time: Approx 30 minutes

Eat: This slice freezes well, and can be kept in the fridge for up to five days.