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Let's Cook with <3 Today: Liquorice Treats

A real treat for the pickiest sweet tooths!

Ingredients: groundnut oil, for greasing, 125g/4½oz unsalted butter, 225g/8oz granulated sugar, 200g/7oz condensed milk, 175ml/6fl oz golden syrup, 2 large pinches rock salt, or to taste, 10g ground liquorice, ¼ tsp black food coloring paste


1.Grease a 20cm/8in square baking tin with groundnut oil, then line with baking paper and grease again.

2.Place the butter in a deep, heavy-bottomed pan with the sugar, condensed milk and golden syrup. Heat over the lowest heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to dissolve the sugar. 3.Put a sugar thermometer in the pan and increase the heat slightly to bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Cook, stirring constantly until the temperature reaches 118C/245F.

4.Take the pan off the heat and use a wooden spoon to stir in a generous pinch of rock salt, the liquorice powder and black food colouring. Beat the mixture well until the black paste colours it completely.

5.Pour the caramel into the prepared tin and scatter with rock salt. Leave to cool for one hour, then place in the fridge. Leave overnight before cutting into squares. Wrap each square in a piece of parchment paper.

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