Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Sparkling Chocolatey Oat Slices



Do you love thick, creamy, velvety chocolate?  Go crazy for sweet, syrupy, crumbly oats? And all finished with a magical dusting of sparkling glitter? Then my Sparkling Chocolatey Oat Slices are the perfect bake for you! 

Cut into chunky slices for coffee with girlfriends, bitesize squares for party nibbles, or just break off sneaky pieces for a deliciously naughty “you deserve it” treat.  For those who say, "all that glitters is not gold," simply haven't tried these delicious slices yet!




Sparkling Chocolatey Oat Slices

Ingredients

110g porridge oats
110g plain flour
100g caster sugar
65g desiccated coconut
2 tbsp golden syrup
125g butter
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp hot water
300g milk chocolate, melted

edible glitter to sprinkle

Preheat the oven to 160C/gas 3 and line a brownie tin with baking paper, allowing some of the paper to hang over the edges. Lightly grease the paper with butter.

In a large bowl add the oats, flour, sugar and coconut and mix well. Make a well in the middle and leave to one side.

In a saucepan warm the butter and golden syrup over a low heat until melted.

In a small cup or bowl mix the bicarbonate of soda with the water and pour into the golden syrup mixture, stir well. Pour the syrup mix into the dry oat mix. Stir well with a wooden spoon until well combined.

Press the mixture into the prepared tin, pushing well into the corners and flattening with the back of a spoon. Place in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown in colour. Leave to one side and allow to cool in the tin.

When the oat base is cold pour over the melted chocolate, sprinkle over the edible glitter and place in the fridge until set. Lift out using the overhanging baking paper, place on a chopping board and cut into slices.

Belle's Top Tip
Edible glitter is available from specialist cake shops or some larger supermarkets, but if you can't find any why not try some different toppings?  Dessicated coconut is great, chopped pistachios add a nice colour and even a drizzle of white chocolate really makes them stand out!