Time to share another of my favourite family recipes. This chocolate and caramel traybake was one my mum made often and is one I've made over and over. It is easy and reliable which is what you want when you need to make a little something when people are coming round or when you need cakes for a bake sale.
Chocolate and Caramel Traybake - there's an easy to print version of the recipe here
makes 24 squares
150g (5oz) butter or margarine
100g (4oz) chocolate
4oz brown sugar
4oz self raising flour
1 heaped teaspoon coco powder
4 tablespoons caramel sauce (I always use Nestle's Carnation Caramel, this recipe uses about 1/2 the tin)
Heat the oven to 160 c , Gas 4, 320 f
Line an 18cm x 28cm (7" x 11") tin with baking paper.
Melt the butter/marg and chocolate in the microwave in a small bowl.
Beat the eggs and sugar in a large bowl. I use an electric hand whisk but if you have a large food mixer that would be perfect too.
Add the flour and the chocolate mix and stir in gently.
Spoon the mix into the tin and smooth a little.
Using a teaspoon, dollop the caramel sauce into the mixture in blobs. Give the blobs a quick swirl, but don't overdo it, you want blobs of caramel in the finished cake.
Bake in the oven for 30 - 40 minutes. When it's done the cake will have just started to shrink away from the sides of the tin, and when you press the centre gently with your finger it will spring back up. Also you can stick a knife or skewer in the centre it will should out without lots of uncooked mixture on it, however if you get a bit with gooey caramel it can be hard to tell with this method, that's why with this traybake I tend to go for the 'press with my finger' method of checking.
Leave it in the tin to cool, then turn it out then cut it up into 24 pieces.
I usually just finish the traybake by dusting it with a little icing sugar. You could drizzle a little melted chocolate or even ice it if you like. It's pretty sweet already though so I don't ice it. (translation: when I say ice I mean frosting. Here in the UK if we say ice a cake we mean put icing/frosting on it!)
Here's the easy print version of the recipe.
Variation: If you can't get hold of the Nestle Caramel stuff, you can substitute any thick caramel sauce. Or if you buy the wrong stuff and find you have bought ordinary condensed milk by mistake (not me obviously but I think it's happened to a friend!!) you can just miss it out, maybe sling some chocolate chips in there instead. They will be fine, but they'll be double chocolate traybakes rather than chocolate and caramel traybakes!
My mum called these brownies, but they've not got that super soft and slightly unbaked insides like brownies can have so I definitely think they are tray bakes! Maybe you could let me know what you'd call them if you do give them a try.
I'll be sharing this recipe at some of these link ups