My Little Chequered Kitchen

Caramel Oat Slice …

Oaty Caramel SliceI’ve been busy baking lately … baking a lot.  My good friend Alice is travelling in September to Uganda and will be living there for six months while working for a charity called Edukans which focuses on improving the education standards for children in Uganda.  I’m so proud of her that I wanted to help support her.  So we came up with the idea of letting people order some home-baked goodies and it’s been a great success!   

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One of the treats available to order is this Caramel Oat Slice, adapted from Jo Seagar’s version in her book “It’s Easier Than You Think!”.  It’s been so popular that this weekend I have to bake a whole lot of them to fulfill 19 orders just for this slice alone!  

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But I understand why it’s been so popular.  It’s ooey, gooey, sticky, and sweet and yet the oats give it an air of wholesomeness – which of course is absolute rubbish because it’s a massive calorie bomb! But hey, a little in moderation right?

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I don’t know if Jo Seagar’s recipe was supposed to come out the way it does for me or not, but I found that the caramel topping tends to soak into the base while cooking in the oven, resulting in a soft gooey slice without any layers.  Still delicious, but I prefer a little more definition between the base and the caramel filling.  Therefore I cook my base a little bit first before adding the caramel on top and popping it into the oven again to cook properly.  I also found that Jo Seagar’s recipe contained too much base to the caramel filling so I’ve adjusted the ratios to suit my taste.

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Want to know more about my friend Alice’s journey to Uganda?  Keep reading, as her story (in Dutch and English) features below the recipe card.  Otherwise you can visit her website for more information, including how you can help support her:  http://www.alicewildeboer.inactievooredukans.nl

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Caramel Oat Slice
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Ingredients
for the base ...
200g butter
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup desiccated coconut
1 1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups rolled oats
2 small eggs
for the caramel filling ...
200g butter
2 x 400g cans sweetened condensed millk
4 tablespoons golden syrup
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
white and dark chocolate to decorate
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Line a large slice or sponge roll tin with baking paper - don't be stingy here. Make sure it's well lined and that you have enough hanging over the edge to lift the slice out when it's ready. Finish with baking spray.
To make the base, melt the butter over a low heat on the stove top or in the microwave.
Meanwhile, combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Add the eggs and the melted butter and mix well, using your hands if necessary.
Press the base mixture firmly into the tin, keeping one handful of the mixture aside for later.
Put in the oven for 8 minutes to cook the base slightly. This will help to keep the caramel on top instead of soaking into the base later on.
Meanwhile, start making the caramel filling by adding the butter, condensed milk, and golden syrup into a pot and warming on top of the stove until the butter is completely melted and all ingredients are fully mixed and incorporated.
Once the butter has melted, take the caramel mixture off the stove and stir in the vanilla extract.
When the base is ready, pull the tin out of the oven and pour the caramel mixture over the top of the base.
Sprinkle the remaining base mixture on top of the caramel.
Pop the tin back into the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until the caramel is beautifully golden brown.
Once cooked, let the slice cool in the tin.
Once the slice is cool enough (you could put it in the fridge and let it cool completely overnight), melt the white and dark chocolate and use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate on top of the slice. You can use your own artistic creativity here, but I like to drizzle it diagonally across the slice in the same direction. But don't get too caught up in being perfect with this. It's actually far more delicious if you allow the chocolate to fall off the spoon in large clumps! The more chocolate the better I say.
Pop the slice back into the fridge to allow the chocolate to set before cutting into slices and serving.
Notes
Golden Syrup is available in Holland at Jumbo supermarkets and can be found in the honey, peanut butter, or jam sections.
Adapted from Jo Seagar's "It's Easier Than You Think!"
My Little Chequered Kitchen http://mylittlechequeredkitchen.com/

 

Aankomend september hoop ik af te reizen naar Oeganda voor 6 maanden. Via Edukans ga ik werken voor de organisatie CRO. Deze organisatie helpt straatkinderen weer aan een thuis. De kinderen volgen een eenjarig programma bij de organisatie en vervolgens helpt de organisatie hen te reïntegreren in de samenleving en in het onderwijs. Voor meer informatie over CRO klik hier.

In Oeganda is het onderwijs, naar onze wersterse maatstaven, nog erg ouderwets. In een klas zitten zo’n 50 leerlingen. De ‘beste’ leerlingen vooraan, de ‘slechtsten’ achteraan. Doordat de ex-straatkinderen een gedeelte van het schooltraject hebben gemist zitten zij dus helaas achteraan. Ik hoop deze kinderen en de leerkrachten te coachen en te begeleiden in het rehabilitatieproces. We denken na over vragen als ‘hoe kunnen we het onderwijs beter vorm geven’ , ‘hoe betrekken we alle kinderen bij het onderwijs’, enz. Samen met de plaatselijke leerkrachten, hun kennis, mijn kennis, willen we tot beter onderwijs komen. Ik weet het niet beter, maar omdat ik in een andere cultuur ben opgeleid, kijk ik wel anders tegen de dingen aan.  

Mijn wederhelft, Aad, zal zijn IT-vaardigheden kunnen inzetten door een digitale leeromgeving voor de leerlingen te creëren, waarin de leerlingen hun eigen traject kunnen volgen. In- en uitloggen en de volgende keer verdergaan op hetzelfde punt. Jammer genoeg bestaat dit nog nauwelijks binnen het Oegandese onderwijs, terwijl ICT zo’n goede ondersteuning bij het leren kan zijn.

Helaas is het vaak zo, dat als de medewerker weer naar huis gaat, de dingen weer op de oude manier verder gaan. Het programma waar ik aan deel neem heet Werelddocent XL. Het is een doorlopend programma, dat vanuit Edukans georganiseerd en ondersteund wordt. Ik volg mijn voorganger op en wanneer ik daar weer wegga, zal degene na mij kunnen starten waar ik ben gebleven. Zo willen we een blijvend positief effect hebben op het onderwijs. 

Veel dromen in het onderwijs kunnen niet waargemaakt worden, omdat de financiële middelen niet toereikend zijn. Als je het project wilt steunen kan dat via de knop donaties.

Wil je ons persoonlijk steunen, dan kan je een bedrag overmaken naar 3256.48.840 t.n.v. A.M.  Wildeboer-Gombert. Bedankt!

* English translation:

Upcoming September I hope to travel to Uganda for 6 months. I’ll work through Edukans at an organization called CRO. This organization helps street children to get a home again. The children take part in a one year during program at the organization. After that program CRO helps them with their rehabilitation process in the community and education. For further information about CRO click here.

In Uganda the education is, seen through our western eyes, very outdated. In a class there are about 50 students. The best students are in the front, the ‘worst’ in the back of the classroom. Because the ex-street children missed a part of the education, unfortunately they sit at the back. I hope to coach these children and teachers and attend them in the rehabilitation process. We will think about questions as ‘how can we create better education’, ‘how can we involve every children in the education’, etc. Together with the local teachers, their knowledge, my knowledge, we will hopefully come to a better educational process. It’s not that I know more or better, but I followed my education in another culture, so I see things through other eyes.

My better half, Aad, will be using his IT-knowledge to create a digital education environment for the students. In which they can follow their own route. It will be possible to log in and log out and start the next time at the same point again. Unfortunately IT isn’t a usual tool in the education of Uganda, whilst it is such a good support for studying.

It’s a shame that when the volunteers go back home, things will turn back as before. The program I will participate in is called ‘Werelddocent (world teacher) XL’ It’s a continuous program, organized by and supported by Edukans. I will succeed my predecessor and when I leave, the person after me will start at the point where I stopped. Thus we try to have a permanent positive effect on the education in Uganda.

Lots of dreams in education can’t be accomplished, because of the lack of financial needs. If you want to support the project, you can click on the button ‘donaties’.

If you want to support us personally, you can donate an amount on 3256.48.840 or to IBAN: NL81RABO0325648840  (A.M. Wildeboer-Gombert). Thanks a lot!

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