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Chocolate Caramel Slice

What you need: 

1 cup powdered soymilk
vegan margarine, you'll need approx 3/4 cup all up
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 cup boiling water
2/3 cup self-raising flour
2/3 cup (tightly packed) brown sugar
2/3 cup desiccated coconut
2 Tablespoons golden syrup
2-3 Tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
250g (8 oz) vegan dark chocolate

What you do: 

First make the sweetened condensed soy milk. This can be made the night before, if you like. In a medium saucepan melt 3 Tablespoons margarine on low heat. Add sugar, vanilla and salt and stir until sugar has dissolved. Add powdered soy milk and boiling water and whisk vigorously until no lumps remain. Chill in fridge until ready to use.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F). Grease a 20cm square brownie tin and line with baking paper.
To make the base sift the flour in a medium bowl, and the brown sugar, coconut and 1/3 cup melted margarine and mix until well combined. Press into the prepared tin and bake for approx 10 minutes, until base has risen and slightly browned. Allow to cool while making the caramel.
In a medium saucepan melt an 1/8 of a cup of margarine and golden syrup. Add the condensed soy milk mixture and cook over low heat for approx 8 minutes. Place 2 Tablespoon cornstarch in a small bowl, add a few spoonfuls of the caramel mixture and mix until cornstarch is dissolved. Add this back into the saucepan of caramel and heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens (be careful to scrap the bottom of the saucepan cos the mixture tends to stick there). The mixture should be very thick. If it hasn't thickened enough repeat the procedure with another Tablespoon of cornstarch. Once the caramel is done pour over the base and bake for another 10-12 minutes, until the edges of the caramel are slightly browned. Let the slice cool to room temperature.
Once slice has fully cooled, melt the chocolate in your preferred method, taking care not to burn. Pour evenly over the slice and place in the fridge to set for at least an hour. Check the slice every 10 minutes or so and when the chocolate is still soft but cool enough to keep it's shape, run a knife just through the chocolate layer in the sizes that you would like your slices to be (I suggest small squares as it's very rich). This will stop the chocolate layer from cracking when you try to slice it later. After an hour you can cut the slice to your desired size, and store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge.

Preparation Time: 
30-45 minutes
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I actually joined this site just so I could comment and tell you how much I love this recipe! Good old aussie favourite. My mum &  I had a conversation a few weeks ago about how this was the only thing we really missed since going vegan. I've done a batch and they are definately very, very, very close to the original. Thank you so much :)

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Try bulk food stores for powdered soymilk.  They have it at the Bulk Barn in Ontario, Canada.

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What is golden syrup and where can i find powdered soymilk. I worked at whole foods for over a year and i've never seen it. Any help would be greatly appreciated, i'd like to make this.

oh i didn't realise it wasn't used in north america. this is from the golden syrup wikipedia page: Golden syrup is a thick, amber-colored form of inverted sugar syrup, made in the process of refining sugar cane juice into sugar, or by treatment of a sugar solution with acid. It is used in a variety of baking recipes and desserts. It has an appearance similar to honey, and is often used as a substitute for people who do not eat honey. It can also be used as a substitute for corn syrup.

-so basically what secondbase said! and i found powdered soymilk at a health food store too, although i had to go to a couple different ones before i found some. good luck.

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What is golden syrup and where can i find powdered soymilk. I worked at whole foods for over a year and i've never seen it. Any help would be greatly appreciated, i'd like to make this.

golden syrup is like invert sugar cane syrup. You can substitute corn syrup for it and be fine.

And I found powdered soymilk at my local health food store. Good luck!

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What is golden syrup and where can i find powdered soymilk. I worked at whole foods for over a year and i've never seen it. Any help would be greatly appreciated, i'd like to make this.

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This is so exciting! I _cannot_ wait to try this recipe!

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