November 29, 2009

caramel and chocolate bites - my memories from scotland

i discovered this lovely (and very dangerous - you just can't stop eating it until it's not finished!) speciality during my honey moon in scotland. it was a rainy day in the heart of highlands, more precisly in glencoe that is probably the most beautiful place i've ever seen (more pictures and info here). we arrived late and had some troubles with finding a b&b to stay for the night. at the end of the day we did't manage to have a regular diner so i bought some shortbreads and some caramel shortbreads (that were called the shortbread of the millionaire ;) i would dream about scotland the whole day but let's go back to the recipe (this is donna's hay version with the coconut pastry that i modified a bit).

to make this delicious caramel and cholate bites (as in the picture above) you will need:

- 70g (2,5 oz.) of flour
- 25g (3 tablespoons) of coconut (dry and grated)
- 50g (1/5 cup) of brown sugar
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) of melted butter - half for the pastry and half for the caramel filling
- 400g (14 oz.) of sweet condensed milk
- 100 g (3,5 oz.) of bitter chocolate
- 3 tablespoons of sour cream

preheat the oven to 180°C (360F). mix the melted butter with flour, coconut and sugar. when the mixture is well consistent spread it on a rectangular baking pan coverd with baking paper or well buttered. bake for 20 minutes. in the meantime put the condensed milk, melted butter and cook on a small fire for ca. 10 minutes mixing all the time. put the filling on the baked pastry and bake angain for ca. 20 minutes. after baking leave for cooling and cover with chocolate melted with sour cream. leave in the fridge for at least 3 hours before serving.  
now you only need a cup of tea and a comfortable sofa close to a fireplace. you can eaily find it in one of the glencoe's b&bs ;)


Home and Lifestyle said...

Scotland must be a beautiful country, but I've never been there...the last years I always had my holidays in Italy!!

Your recipe looks delicious!!

Have a nice week!

Hugs, Ingrid

Annalisa said...

Bellissimo post!Sono stata in Scozia quest'estate e me ne sono innamorata anche io!!!! Adoro lo shortbread :)anche io sono stata a glencoe, magnifico posto..e anche a fort william!sono dei posti unici al mondo..specialmente le highlands!

MaryRC said...

im in the mood for a new christmas treat to deliver to friends this year. this looks lovely, can you make it without coconut? i love coconut, but i know alot of my friends dont as much as i.

Melissa B. said...

As they say in Norway, "Uffda!" I think I'm going to have to try these yummy delights. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Annalisa said...

Ciao Justyna,sono ancora io;Annalisa.Volevo darti la ricetta dei Krapfen.
300 grammi di farina 00
2 uova intere
80 grammi di burro
50 grammi di zucchero semolato
20 grammi di lievito di birra fresco
1 bustina di vanillina
1/2 bicchiere di acqua tiepida.
1)setacciate la farina,unitevi un pizzico di sale,le uova,il burro fatto ammorbidire a temperatura ambiente e tagliato a pezzetti,lo zucchero,la vanillina e per ultimo il lievito fatto sciogliere nell'acqua.Lavorate il tutto con le mani fino ad ottenere un composto liscio e compatto se occorre aggiungete farina.
2)Rimettete l'impasto nella terrina e sigillate quest'ultima con la pellicola trasparente e poi con un canovaccio,lasciatela lievitare per almeno due ore,quindi lavoratela di nuovo e stendetela in uno spessore di circa 1/2 cm.
3)Ritagliate dalla pasta,con uno stampino o un bicchiere tanti dischi del diametro di 5 cm.
4)Mettete al centro dei dischi 1 cucchiaino di marmellata o di crema pasticciera,bagnate il bordo con un goccio d'acqua e coprite con un altro disco di pasta.Premete bene i bordi e lasciate riposare coperto per 1/2 ora.
Friggete i krapfen in olio da ambo i lati finche' non saranno dorati,scolateli, passateli su carta da cucina e spolverizzateli di zucchero al velo,oppure fateli rotolare nello zucchero semolato.
Questa è la mia ricetta,buon lavoro e fammi sapere.
A presto Annalisa

Betty said...

Justyna, i'm so glad to comment on one of my FAV blogs.Really beautiful place and that looks like a delicious looking treat!!
Have a great Monday,
Lots of love ,
hugs hugs

Federica said...

This recipe sounds like pure heaven!
A sweet day to you darling :)

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow I love these I am from the UK and grew up in Scotland, what a lovely place to go on a honeymoon I was in kerala India on mine,
and yours look perfect
Love Rebecca

Catherine said...

I know what you mean, i went to the Highlands twice and love the sceneries, the people and the cakes! (there is a post about it at the begining of my blog)thank you for coming and for your comment. CATHERINE

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Justyna....those look so good. I have to try I am making gnocchi...I bet you make them..being in Italy and all...

My family is from Genoa...grew up in a family were everyone spoke italian...

I LOVE those photographs of Milan in November....

I'll be back later..

Have a wonderful day...

Donna said...

Those sound delicious!

The Blonde Duck said...

I must make it, even though I'll eat the whole pan...alone!

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Claudia Medeiros said...

Superb recipe, Justyna !

Have a wonderful week :)

Claudia Medeiros said...

Oh ! I loved the Christmas layout of your blog :)
Jingle bells !!!!


Beach Vintage said...

Oh no, caramel and 2 favorite things. This will be the end of me. Thanks so much for your well wishes. Simone xx

Kimberly said...

Your photos made my mouth water. I have to go drink a glass of milk!

Melissa said...

your recipes always make me hungry! this looks delicious, especially since I'm a big fan of caramel =)

When did I become my Mom said...

There's a Glencoe here where I live! And some of the street names have a distinctly romantically Scottish flavour. :-)

These sound delicious!

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Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

I love both caramel and chocolate. The two together are fabulous! I'm definitely trying this one!



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