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Black Swan's licorice allsort slice
melted butter for greasing
125g butter, chopped
160ml (⅔ cup) sweetened condensed milk
1 Tbsp golden syrup
1 packet (250g) plain biscuits, crushed
45g (½ cup) desiccated coconut
1 packet (375g) licorice allsorts, coarsely chopped
200g dark cooking chocolate, chopped
30g vegetable shortening
Grease and line the base and sides of a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
Combine butter, condensed milk and golden syrup in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for five minutes or until butter melts and mixture is smooth. Transfer to a large heatproof bowl.
Add biscuits, coconut and licorice allsorts and stir until combined. Press the mixture into the prepared baking tray.
Put the chocolate and vegetable shortening in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water (make sure the bowl does not touch the water).
Stir over low heat until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture over the biscuit mixture.
Once the chocolate is set, remove the slice from the tray and decorate with drizzled chocolate and chopped licorice allsorts. Cut into squares and enjoy.
Requested by Jennepher Noakes, of Dunedin.
Recipe supplied by Lesley Ann Adam, of The Black Swan Cafe in Waihola.
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