September 24, 2009

Chocolate, Rum & Macadamia Slice

I forgot to take a photo of the finished product. This is taken from BHAG video clip.

Saw this on BHAG tv show and thought it looked devilish! I tried making it for A's surprise birthday party yesterday. This relatively easy-to-make slice turned out to be quite a hit at the party!

You may watch the video on how to make this slice here.

Biscuit base:
200g unsalted butter (I used normal butter)
2 cups (300g) plain flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup (60g) brown sugar
1/3 cup (80g) icing sugar

Middle layer:
1/3 cup (60g) currents (I used sultanas)
1/3 cup (60g) raisins
200ml dark rum
2 tins condensed milk (use those with 98% less sugar if you don't have a sweet tooth)
100ml thickened cream (I used the extra light ones ;))
100g chopped macadamia nuts
70g desiccated coconut
70g dark chocolate

Top layer:
50g butter
200g dark chocolate

1) In a glass mixing bowl, melt unsalted butter. While it is still warm, add cocoa powder, plain flour, brown sugar and icing sugar. Mix well together to form a dough (mine was a bit too wet so I added a bit more plain flour). Spread and lay the dough onto a lightly greased round loose-base flute tin (I used a rectangular brownie tray). Bake it at 190C for 10 mins. Remove from oven to cool.

2) In the meantime, place the currents, raisins and rum into a saucepan. Simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to low and add condensed milk, thickened cream and cocoa powder. Stir well to dissolve cocoa powder and simmer for about 1 min. Add vanilla essence, desiccated coconut and macadamia nuts. Stir everything through and remove from heat.

3) Scatter 70g of dark chocolate chips (or as much or as little as you want) on the baked biscuit. Pour the mixture into the tray. Bake for 15 mins. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

4) For the topping, put dark chocolate and butter into a mixing bowl and melt it over a saucepan of boiling water. Stir to assist melting and ensure that the chocolate is smooth. Spread the chocolate on the cooled slice. Allow it to set. Cut up and serve!

I reckon that the topping (step 4) is optional. Due to time factor, I omitted the topping. But you know what? No one knew and it tasted really good without it! And probably because I used the 1 tin of 98% unsweetened condensed milk, the slice was not too sweet and was just nice enough to eat. I can't imagine how sweet it will be if I were to add 2 tins of sweet condensed milk! Next time I may try just adding 1 tin of less sweetened condensed milk and an additional 100ml of thickened cream. Both chocolate and non-chocolate fans will like this :)

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