Dare to Dream, Make a Meal: Caramel Slice!

It was Jacques Houdek who once said, ‘Dare to dream, make a meal’ – ok yes, that wasn’t quite the lyric, but with this year’s slogan ‘Dare to Dream’ why not make a few adaptations! With this year’s contest quickly approaching, it’s time to start planning your Eurovision parties. With the help of Eurovision Union, you can plan out the ultimate Eurovision party for you and your friends!

Over the last month, we’ve gathered some of the tastiest and most intriguing dishes from across the participating nations and we have put our aprons on to test out these recipes! We selected a diverse range of food, as well as both savoury and sweet dishes, so if you are hosting a Eurovision party this year, you can take inspiration from our cooking adventures across Europe and recreate these dishes for you and your friends!

Caramel Slice (Australia)

Who knew that the humble Caramel Slice originated from Australia (or so we’ve read), but I’m glad that the country I call home is able to put forward this cracking dessert slice. Caramel Slice, also sometimes known as Caramel Shortbread or Millionaire’s Slice is a layered slice with a biscuit like bottom layer topped with a layer of caramel filling, then topped with a layer of chocolate. What’s not to love?

The dessert is quite sweet, but ideal in a party setting as you can make a tray of the slice and cut it into bite size pieces, meaning it can serve quite a few people. The other positive about this dessert is that it is super simple to make, and you can make it in advance.

Here is the recipe we used (credit: Nestle):

Prep time: 25 mins

Cook time: 40 mins

Serves: 16

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour
  • ½ cup (110g) brown sugar
  • ½ cup (40g) desiccated coconut
  • 125g butter, melted
  • 100g butter, extra
  • 2 x 395g cans Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • ⅓ cup (80mL) golden syrup
  • 200g Premium Dark Chocolate, melted
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 180°c/160°c fan forced. Lightly grease an 18cm x 28cm lamington pan and line with baking paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar and coconut. Add melted butter, mix well. Press mixture firmly into prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned. Cool.
  • Place extra butter, sweetened condensed milk and syrup in a medium saucepan. Stir over low heat until smooth. Pour over base. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden. Cool.
  • Combine premium dark chocolate and oil, stir until smooth, and pour evenly over slice.

Once you have done this, place the slice into the fridge and let the chocolate set. To slice, put your knife in hot water so it cuts through the chocolate rather than snapping the top layer of chocolate.

Here’s what we started with:

And here is our finished product!

Beer List

Our resident beer expert has done research (and a whole lot of tasting) to come up with some of the must-try beers of the nation. For each nation there are three suggestions:

  • The National Treasure – this is a beer that is recognisable and accessible to buy
  • The Party Starter – this is a nicer alternative, but still fairly accessible to buy
  • The Show Stopper – this is for the beer enthusiasts or those with a sense of adventure, but may not be as easy to purchase outside of that nation

Australia

The National Treasure – Foster’s (Pale Lager – 4.9%)

The Party Starter – Stone & Wood Pacific Ale (American Pale Ale – 4.4%)

The Show Stopper – Wildflower Gold (Sour Ale – 5.0%)

Listen to our Dare to Dream, Make a Meal playlist below:

https://open.spotify.com/user/eurovisionunion/playlist/4APIHGVkwf4VAgNWM2F03R?si=BtehCHoMRmaCZZvFqVcU5A

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