Chocolate & Butterscotch “Crack”

This “crack” (so named due to its highly addictive nature) is a crunchy, salty-sweet treat that has proven so popular in Australia that Salada sales have increased by 15%! Made famous by the Podcast ‘Chat 10 Looks 3’ hosted by Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales, “crack” is sure to be your newest guilty pleasure. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Ingredients (makes 1 large tray worth)
6 Saladas (or Salada-style) crackers
100g salted butter
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Pinch of salt
100g dark chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup salted peanuts, chopped


Preheat the oven to 180°C (160 fan-forced).

Line a 33.5 x 24cm tray with foil and then baking paper (take it from me, you do NOT want this to stick!) Lay out six Saladas onto the tray, which should fit snugly.

In a small saucepan, melt the better and sugar together over a moderate heat. Cook for about 5 minutes then stir in vanilla and salt.

Pour the butterscotch over the Saladas and smooth with a spatula to ensure they are evenly coated.

Bake for 8-12 minutes or until the butterscotch is a deep golden colour (keep a close eye on it as it can go from golden to burnt very quickly). Immediately sprinkle with the chopped chocolate and smooth with a spatula until melted and evenly coated. Top with chopped peanuts.

Refrigerate until set. Then break into shards and try not to eat it all at once. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Well Hello by Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales


Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

When my sister and I were younger we loved nothing more than “sticky tape pudding” on a cold winter’s night. Not much has changed, but (to our great relief) we now know that the secret ingredient to our favourite pudding is not sticky tape. This dessert is perfect served warm out of the oven, swimming in a pool of butterscotch sauce, with a good helping of vanilla ice-cream.

P.S. This butterscotch sauce is liquid gold. I sometimes make it just to go on ice-cream for the ultimate sundae & it never lasts long in our household!


Ingredients (serves 6-8)
1 ½ cups chopped dates
1 cup water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
60g butter
¾ cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1 cup self raising flour, sifted

Butterscotch Sauce
125g butter
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
¼ cup golden syrup
300ml thickened cream


Grease and line a 20cm round cake pan with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180°C (160 fan-forced).

Combine dates and water in a small saucepan, bring to boil, remove from heat & then add bicarb soda and stand for 5 mins.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time; combine well. Fold in flour alternately with date mixture into the egg mix and gently stir until combined.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. Cool in pan.

Make sauce by heating butter in small saucepan, adding the sugar and syrup (handy hint: spray your ¼ cup with a bit of cooking oil before adding the golden syrup and it will come out much more easily!) and stirring over the heat (without boiling) until the sugar is dissolved. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat & stir in cream.

Pour ¼ cup of sauce over the pudding and return to the oven for a further 5 mins (with foil over the top so it doesn’t darken too much).

Cut into desired size pieces and serve with lots of sauce and vanilla ice-cream.


Recipe from Mum (originally adapted from The Australian Women’s Weekly)