Ok, I need to say at the outset that this really is the name of the recipe. Christmas Crack. My friend made some for her builders and wondered whether she could therefore legitimately call it Builder’s Crack? Hmmm….you’re probably going to need to be an Aussie or a Kiwi to understand that one.
Anyways, this is a relatively easy little recipe that is festive enough for this time of the year. After all, how could you possibly go wrong with caramel, chocolate and Salada biscuits? Am I right or am I right?
As for the crack part of the Christmas Crack recipe? Some say it’s the sound as you break the biscuits, others could say that it’s because of the addictive nature of the salty caramel and chocolate combo. I’ll leave that one up to you.
As per usual, the ingredients and quantities are a tad loose.
What you need
- Salada biscuits – or some other salted cracker e.g. premiums or saltines – enough to line the tray
- Dark chocolate – we used Whittaker’s because I was in New Zealand and because this is amazing chocolate…just saying. Anyways, you’ll need 300-340g…or thereabouts.
- 220g dark brown sugar
- 225g unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Maldon salt or other salt flakes
- Pohutukawa blossoms to style the finished result are an optional but oh so perfect finishing touch. Just saying. These ones were acquired from an obliging tree in Petone.
What you do with it
- Preheat your oven to about 200C
- Line a cookie tray with alfoil. Spray it lightly with olive oil or cooking spray.
- Line your lined tray (yes, that did come out loud) with your biscuits
- Make your caramel. For this caramel, you need to stir – and keep stirring – but it’s worth it. Pop the sugar, butter and Maldon salt – into a saucepan. Re the amount of salt you use, ¼ of a teaspoon for a regular caramel, a tad more for salted. Your call. Anyways, cook it over medium heat, stirring until the butter melts, then stir some more – for another 5 minutes or so – until it boils and darkens in colour. Don’t get too precious about the colour. Add the vanilla extract and stir that in.
- Pour the caramel over the biscuits to make a relatively thin, even coat, and pop it into the oven for 5 minutes. the caramel should bubble away happily.
- Now you can melt your chocolate. The easiest way is in the microwave in 30sec stages. Cook for 30secs, then stir…and repeat until melted.
- As long as the caramel has stopped bubbling, pour over the caramel in a thin layer. As a little extra, sparkle over some extra Malden salt, or maybe some coconut or even red and green M&Ms for that festive look.
- Allow to cool on the tray and then transfer to the fridge for an overnight rest.
- Once it’s cold, take it out of the pan and remove the foil. Now you get to crack the biscuits. Of course, you could make score lines down the natural break marks of the crackers to get a neat square, but where would be the fun in that?
Note: The pohutukawa is the New Zealand Christmas tree – so-called because it blooms very dramatically during December. You probably won’t find it anywhere else in the world…but once you’ve seen one you won’t forget it.