retro recipes for the modern baker

Author: CJ (Page 2 of 11)

Coffee and Walnut Loaf Cake

Straying from my no-bake traybake territory this week with an easy Coffee and Walnut Loaf Cake. This cake is soft and moist in the center, filled with walnuts and smothered with a coffee flavored buttercream.

If you can get hold of Camp Coffee Essence, then you can use that to flavor your cake. If you can’t, then dissolve 1 tbsp of instant coffee in 1 tbsp of warm water and use that instead. Or, if you prefer a stronger coffee taste, you can use 2 tbsp coffee to 1 tbsp water.

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Raspberry Ruffle Bars

These Raspberry Ruffle Bars are another classic from my childhood. I made something similar (OK, almost identical) on the blog when I started, but because I wasn’t able to get raspberry jelly powder – and I have no idea why I couldn’t find here in the US, I have no problems now – I made it with cherry jelly instead. So, similar, but just not the same.

Anyway, I digress. Now to get back to the proper Raspberry Ruffle Bars. I know I say this a lot, but these are really easy. No baking required, just a bit of mixing and then melting some chocolate. A simple list of ingredients which is quite sticky to work with, but the stickiness is worth it in the end. They probably deserve one more warning, in that they are very sweet. Sugar, condensed milk and the jelly are all pretty sweet, so I wouldn’t use sweetened coconut if you can help it! But, cut them into small squares instead of larger bars and everything in moderation!

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Shortbread Krispies

These Shortbread Krispies join the ranks of the many traybakes that either have a shortbread base or are made with Rice Krispies. (If you’re looking for a classic Northern Irish traybake made with Rice Krispies, then the Mars Bar Traybake would be a good place to start!)

It’s a straightforward, classic shortbread base topped with a classic chocolate Rice Krispie treat. I was a little concerned that the two layers wouldn’t actually stick together, but they do! That doesn’t stop Little Miss Traybakes from dissecting the traybake into separate layers, but her food quirks are her own business!

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Mandarin Creams

I don’t remember eating these Mandarin Creams as a child, but there are some handwritten notes by Mummy Traybakes on the recipe, so maybe my memory is failing me!

It’s a simple digestive biscuit base, topped with a creamy, marshmallow and mandarin orange layer. I feel it’s a bit similar to a Pineapple Delight (which frankly is up there with Fifteens as one of the classic Northern Irish traybakes) especially because of the fruit and digestive biscuits.

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Chocolate Coconut Bars

It was still a little too hot here to be turning on the oven more than necessary, so these Chocolate Coconut Bars were the perfect no-bake traybake to make. They are also quite sticky and liable to melting, so are probably best kept in the fridge, which makes them perfect for hot days. Or cold days. Or any day.

And it couldn’t be easier. Melt chocolate. Let it set. Melt butter and condensed milk, add cherries and coconut. Cover with more chocolate!

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Banana Nugget Cookies

Imagine a soft oatmeal, chocolate-chip cookie with added spice and bananas and that pretty much sums up these Banana Nugget Cookies.

Not content with limiting myself to my Northern Irish retro recipe books, this is from an American community cookbook that I picked up at a used book stall last year. It’s a very similar format to my other community books, with recipes contributed by a variety of people. And there are several traybake recipes, as well as cookies, pies and cakes, so you can expect to see occasional American influences on the blog in the future.

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