If you are worried about fitting into your dress on New Year’s Eve, this is not the recipe for you!
But it is if you want to share your love for homemade treats with teachers, neighbours, etc.
These are great fun to put out at a party and let guests pick at over a coffee or two.
- 1 can (395g) sweetened condensed milk
- 150g butter
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- ½ cup pecans, roasted and roughly chopped
- 200g rich dark chocolate, roughly chopped
1 In a large saucepan, combine the condensed milk, butter and sugar. Heat gently, stirring until the butter has melted.
2 Increase the heat, then simmer and stir for about 5-8 minutes until it starts to thicken. Remove from the heat, then stir in the vanilla, pecans and chocolate.
3 Pour into a lined dish, about 18cm round or similar, and allow to cool and harden. Chill for up to 4 hours or overnight.
4 Cut into pieces and wrap in baking paper, or portion into cupcake papers and cute bags.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author