Tan Squares

By PaisleyJade - Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sometimes you taste something delicious and just have to ask for the recipe. When I tasted this slice recently, I immediately asked what it was called.  I was told that it was just common old Tan Slice.  

How come I've never heard of Tan Slice before?

As soon as I got home I Googled "Tan Slice" and found tonnes of recipes on offer.  It's a traditional caramel slice, but slightly different, and oh so good (I've already made it twice in one week, one with double the caramel topping!!)! 

150 g butter, softened
75 g sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
250 g plain flour

50 g butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup
½ x 395 g tin condensed milk
2 tablespoons chopped nuts, dates, dried apricots or coconut

Base: Cream butter and beat in sugar. Add vanilla and sift in flour.
Work to a soft paste, texture should be crumbly.
Place two thirds of the mixture into a sponge roll tin, press and chill. Chill remainder of mix.

Topping: Blend butter, golden syrup and condensed milk in a pot over low heat. Cool.
Spread caramel over base. Crumble remaining base mixture on top and sprinkle with nuts, dried fruit or coconut.
Bake at 180°C for 35 minutes.

Recipe Notes (from the original recipe)
My oven is really hot and when I made these, 35 minutes was far too long, whereas my mum finds 35 minutes is perfect in her oven. I suggest checking tan squares at 20-25 minutes and taking out when slightly golden. Cut into squares while warm but leave in tin until cold.

Recipe source here.
Joining in with Tasty Tuesdays.
For more delicious recipes visit here.

  • Share:

You Might Also Like


  1. Yum!!! May have to try this one for my coffee group :)

  2. ohhh my - this looks so sweet and tasty!! I can't wait to be able to eat sugars again- this makes my mouth water... :)

  3. Yum I think I'll make this for the kids afternoon tea!!

  4. I love it when recipes ask for 1/2 tin of condensed milk because then you can choose to make it twice or double the yummy caramel bit - the best bit! This looks deeeeevine!

  5. mmm mmm I made a batch this morning and they are delish! I doubled the caramel bit too yum yum thanks for the recipe!

  6. nom, nom, nom. nom.

  7. Anonymous1:44 pm

    YUM!! I am so going to try this!


Thanks for your comments... I love hearing from you!!!