Last evening I was chatting with M, a very dear friend who recently moved to Germany. During the course of the chat she sent me picture after picture of Easter eggs that she and her husband had spent the day painting by hand. They were beautiful, but strangely, all those pictures left me with a strong craving for something sweet.
By the morning, the craving escalated to me wanting a very specific kind of sweet – the kind that you can taste and feel at the back of your throat even hours after you’ve devoured it.
I wanted caramel.
So while I thought about what to do about this craving and my next blog post, I put a can of condensed milk in a pot of boiling water . 2 hours later with the condensed milk having turned into golden brown caramel, I knew what I was going to do.
I was going to make Caramel and Peanut Butter Choco-Pies with Sea Salt (inspired by Choco-pies, but nothing like them).
My version was going to have a thick layer of caramel and chunky peanut butter (because nothing goes better together) sandwiched between flaky biscuits (store bought) and covered in dark chocolate with a sprinkling of sea salt on top.
The thought of it got me super excited. With the caramel already done, it was going to be all assembly and no fuss.
Here is how you can make it…
1/2 a slab of dark chocolate
1 packet of any flaky biscuit (I used a digestive biscuit)
1 can of condensed milk for the caramel
Chunky peanut butter
A pinch of sea salt to sprinkle on top of the choco-pies
Step 1: To make the caramel, put a can of condensed milk, in a pot of water and let the water boil for about 2 to 2.5 hours. Make sure you keep adding water from time to time to make sure the can is always submerged underwater. After 2-2.5 hours pull the can out of the water and let it cool for a good 30 mins before you try and open it.
Step 2: Chop up the dark chocolate into tiny pieces. Microwave it in a bowl on high for about a minute. Stir to see if it has melted properly. If not, put the bowl back in the microwave for 30 secs. Repeat this till the chocolate is fully melted.
Step 3: Slather a generous amount of caramel on the underside of half the biscuits in the pack. Do the same thing with the peanut butter on the remaining biscuits. Now put the two together to make a nice plump caramel peanut butter sandwich.
Step 4: Dip these plump sandwiches in the warm melted chocolate. Make sure you get coat all the sides evenly. Now sprinkle some sea salt flakes over the still wet chocolate surface and let it set on a cooling rack or in the fridge. After 30 mins its done and ready to devour.