Tuesday, July 17

adventuring {gu}

So after all that healthy talk yesterday, how about a bit of fun?!

A couple weeks ago, Abi and I found these at Costco...

They're basically like a Mars Bar, but with a golden-syrupy oatmeal base.

Dastardly things.

So, in the best tradition of joining those whom you cannot beat,
Abi and I decided to make our own!

Step one was to take a stroll to the shops to buy copious amounts of chocolate.
We possibly ate some on the way home.

But seeing as the stroll is the part of this post that justifies the 'adventuring' tag
I feel fine about that. Right? Good.

Next stop was to clear the house of boys and turn on a chick flick.
Turns out there was a Barbie movie on the telly... how cool!
Abi might be 10 but she's not above a good princess movie.


We mixed up our oatmeal base.
We adapted a slice that we often make for lunchboxes.
{the recipe will be at the end of this post}

Then we whipped up some caramel and plopped it on top.

We baked it, and sprinkled just a bit of sea salt over it.

Astute observers will have noticed that the morsel of Gu on the package has chocolate down the sides as well as the top. To achieve this, we sliced up the slice (ha!), whacked it into a larger tray, and nicely spaced it out to let the chocolate ooze down the sides.

Oooozy chocolate.
Abi was most impressed at the professional finish on top.

And voila. We left it to set and then chopped it up.
Looks awful, hey?!

And finally, the comparison.
Their Gu is on the left, ours is on the right.

As for taste, we're proud to say we nailed the chocolate and caramel.
If you look carefully though, you'll see that our oatmeal base is a bit more crumbly than theirs. We decided that next time around we need to cut out some flour and pop in a bit more golden syrup.

So here's our very own Gu recipe!

1. Make Oatmeal Base {17 July 2012 version - to be revised later!}
Combine 1 cup SR flour, 1/3 cup caster sugar, and 1 cup rolled oats in a bowl. Melt 125g butter and 1/3 cup golden syrup in a saucepan. Add to dry ingredients with one egg and stir to combine. Bake in a slice tin at 180C for 15 minutes.

2. Make Caramel Centre
Combine 395g condensed milk, 2Tbs golden syrup, and 45g butter in a saucepan over a medium heat, stirring constantly. When the mixture is thick and golden (takes about 15 minutes) spread over the oatmeal base. Bake at 180C for 10 minutes. Sprinkle the top with a pinch of sea salt if you're that way inclined!

3. Prepare for Topping
Cut slice width-ways in 2cm strips. Arrange on baking paper inside a larger baking tray or slice tin.

4. Top with Chocolate
Melt 400g chocolate (dark or milk, whatever you fancy) with a small knob of butter. Spread over the slice, taking care to get the chocolate down into the cracks between the strips of slice. Chill until set. Carve up and enjoy!

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  1. Yum!! Looks awesome. I must buy ingredients so I can try this :)

    1. It's seriously good, let me know how you go!

  2. wotisunique10:45 AM

    I will be making this for sure. Stay tuned

    1. Go for it! Would love to see pics :)

  3. My daughter is 10 and my son is 8 and Barbie movies are on constant rotation at our house - often chosen by the 8 yr old! I'm not immune to their delights myself!

    1. They're so sweet! We haven't watched one in years. It was so cute seeing her eyes light up when it came onto the screen. She's still my little girl :)

  4. Wow! I am so impressed! I think yours looks heaps better than theirs.


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