Caramel almond squares

10 Sep

Caramel almond squares The Hungry Mum

Our friends Brett and Sarah recently had a baby and I was busting to meet her. My immune system, however, had other ideas and decided to deal me a large helping of Evil Flu.

So several weeks later and we were just about to meet this precious little bundle … then their older daughter was unwell.

Another week ticks by, then Miss7 develops pneumonia… Am I ever going to meet this baby?!

I am super doper baby crazy, even though that shop is shut. Even Miss7 remarks on how I always gasp and place my hand on my heart automatically when I see a tiny baby – something I didn’t know I did, until she pointed it out.

Segue to a treat I could take to meet the baby that was portable and easy to eat. When I saw Margaret Fulton’s recipe for pecan caramel slice I was sold. I used sliced almonds as a recent trip to Costco saw me buy a half kilo bag of the things #impulsePurchase.

Caramel almond squares

In the end the Hungry Dad took these caramel almond squares to his office where they were apparently devoured in no time.

And I still am yet to meet this baby.

GATHER:

1 cup plain flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

90 grams butter, at room temperature, diced

1 egg

1 cup flaked almonds

Caramel:

60 grams butter, diced

1/3 cup golden syrup

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons self-raising flour

The Hungry Mum - Caramel almond squares

LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a shallow rectangular baking tray, roughly 25cm x 19cm.

In bowl of food processor blitz together flour, baking powder and butter until it looks like coarse breadcrumbs. Add egg and blend until just combined into dough – this will take seconds.

Press dough into tray – it will seem that there isn’t enough dough but there is – until even. Use the bottom of a drinking glass to help distribute dough evenly.

Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven, then scatter over the almonds.

In the meantime melt butter for caramel in a medium saucepan over low heat until melted.

Remove from heat and stir in golden syrup, sugar and flour until combined, then pour over the nut-covered base.

Bake for another 15 minutes, then allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

Caramel almond squares. The Hungry Mum

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38 Responses to “Caramel almond squares”

  1. Shannon (rumblytumbly.com) September 10, 2015 at 3:49 am #

    Those look delicious! Beautiful photos.

  2. marymtf September 10, 2015 at 4:04 am #

    Sounds easy even if there’s two stages to it. Hope you get to see that little bub soon. 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum September 10, 2015 at 4:52 am #

      They are so simple! Miss7 is in quarantine, so don;t know when we’ll meet bub 😦

  3. youthfoodblog September 10, 2015 at 5:22 am #

    Will be my breakfast next weekend!

    • The Hungry Mum September 10, 2015 at 9:12 am #

      Breakfast?! Oooh, this may just be my mum voice talking but these are very sweet! Maybe make it for dessert 🙂

  4. sprinklesandsprouts September 10, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    Oh I agree, I run a playgroup on a Friday morning and we have had a bit of a flood of new babies. I have been in cuddle heaven! So beautiful.

    And these squares look divine. I cannot wait to try them. I have lots of friends doing sugar free September (not me!!!!!) so we are eating savoury snacks at our morning teas but come October this will be top of my ‘morning tea treat’ list!

    • The Hungry Mum September 10, 2015 at 9:13 am #

      Babies are all the squee! Just love them. Sugar-free September?! Whaaaa?! My blog is not a place for the sugar-free! Hope you do make them next month x

      • sprinklesandsprouts September 10, 2015 at 9:22 am #

        I know!!!! Don’t worry I am not taking part! I can’t do the exclusion of anything. I turn into one big craving monster! X

  5. Vajeea September 10, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    these squares look so lovely!

  6. clairneriah September 10, 2015 at 11:02 am #

    That looks amazing 🙂

  7. Smiling Notes September 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

    omg they look so good!

  8. burntbutterbakery September 11, 2015 at 12:46 am #

    The squares sound delish and I love that plate too! I also have a case of the baby-crazies..

  9. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 11, 2015 at 4:57 am #

    That’s very sweet that you love babies so much! 😀 The topping on this slice looks so good! 😀

    • The Hungry Mum September 11, 2015 at 5:13 am #

      Baby crazy! Thanks, the sliced almonds tasted sooo good here.

  10. Marsha @ Marsha's Baking Addiction September 11, 2015 at 8:04 am #

    These bars look so scrumptious! Sounds like you’ve had a crazy few weeks!

    • The Hungry Mum September 11, 2015 at 10:06 pm #

      Thanks! Oh yes – am exhausted! Bring on the warmer weather and a quieter life 🙂

  11. MyCookingSecrets.com | Krystallia Giamouridou September 13, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    I love the combination of caramel and almonds! This recipe is what I need along with my morning coffee.

  12. Judy September 13, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    Sounds yummy! I had one of those implies buys from Costco as well…now I know what to make with them!

    • The Hungry Mum September 14, 2015 at 2:53 am #

      Oh Costco – where would it be without the impulse buys?!

  13. jen September 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    Can’t wait to try these with a cup of coffee in the morning – thanks for the recipe!

    • The Hungry Mum September 14, 2015 at 2:52 am #

      Thanks Jen! A simple recipe that yields good results.

  14. prettywildworld September 13, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    perfect for tea parties or picnics!

    • The Hungry Mum September 14, 2015 at 2:52 am #

      Absolutely! Or to just inhale piece by piece 🙂

  15. Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas September 14, 2015 at 4:17 am #

    A similar thing happened to me when my nephew was born. I was so sick at the time I couldn’t go near him, then as they live in the country it took a while for me to see him. I think he may have been six months old by the time we met. Luckily he won’t remember 🙂 Love a good simple recipe – you had me at caramel 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum September 14, 2015 at 4:36 am #

      Isn;t sickness the worst? And to miss out meeting a baby is so sad. They change so quickly! Hope you get to make this – you’ll be glad you did.

  16. Taylor | Perpetually Hungry September 14, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    So glad you got over the flu – that’s the worst! Love these caramel almond squares though – they look SO amazing!

    • The Hungry Mum September 21, 2015 at 4:33 am #

      Thanks Taylor – it was most unpleasant. These squares, however, are epically delish 😉

  17. Amanda@ChewTown September 15, 2015 at 3:54 am #

    I’ve decided that not enough people make slices these days! Seeing this delicious caramel almond treat makes me want one immediately with my coffee… you know where I live!

    • The Hungry Mum September 15, 2015 at 5:27 am #

      Maybe we can petition our new PM to ensure slices are firmly embedded in the national agenda 🙂

  18. miss (@thedealmatch) September 17, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    Yum… I can have this almond treat right now! Perfect for morning breakfast and pair with a cup of coffee

    • The Hungry Mum September 18, 2015 at 12:21 am #

      These are so lovely, and would go perfectly with a cuppa.

  19. Dimple@shivaaydelights September 18, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    These look gorgeous!

  20. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) October 1, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    I could do with a piece or two right now. Delicious.

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