Peanut Caramel Squares

Ingredients
Ingredients For Base:
  • 125gm (about 4 oz) of butter
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup of self-raising flour
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons of custard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
Ingredients For Topping:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tablespoon of Golden Syrup
  • 90gm (about 3 oz) of butter
  • 125gm (4 oz) of roasted, unsalted peanuts - roughly chopped

Chris says: Peanut caramel squares are fairly simple to make and the end result is mouth-watering.

You can store any uneaten squares in your refrigerator for several days. But I recommend letting them thaw back to room temperature before serving.

Method
  • To prepare the base: Cream the butter and sugar together until the mix is light and creamy, then add the egg yolk to the mix and beat well
     
  • Fold in sifted flours, custard powder and salt and mix to a firm dough
     
  • Press mixture into the base of a greased 28cm x 18cm (11" x 7") lamington tin. Bake in a moderate oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, spread with prepared topping mixture (below), then return to a moderate oven for a further 5 minutes
     
  • Allow the slices to cool in the baking tin, then cut into squares and remove
     
  • To prepare the topping: Place the brown sugar, Golden Syrup and butter into a small saucepan, then stir over low heat until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved
     
  • Simmer the mixture gently for 5 minutes, then stir in the peanuts
Tip!
You can store any uneaten slices in the refrigerator for several days without any problems.