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Chocolate Coffee Slice

January, the month of diets, healthy eating and Chocolate Coffee Slice traybakes?! I’ve never been a great believer in detoxing or fad diets. As long as I’m eating relatively healthy, mostly homemade food, then the occasional traybake or slice of cake isn’t a problem. And if you’re looking for something simple, that you can rustle up from ingredients that you probably have in your larder and fridge, then this is the no-bake traybake for you.

For this bake, you make a simple enriched buttercream and layer it up with the cookie or biscuit of your choice. My original recipe used Morning Coffee biscuits, but even my relatively well-stocked imported goods convenience store (where I can buy Tayto crisps!) doesn’t stock those, so I went with Biscoff cookies instead, which I can buy from my regular US supermarket. I think the main criteria here is that your biscuits should be square or rectangular, so they fit nicely into the corners of the tin and make for neater slices.

Once it’s assembled, you just leave it to set (in the fridge if you prefer) and then cut it into squares or slices. There’s not a strong taste of coffee from this and if you don’t like coffee, feel free to leave it out. I was also running out of drinking chocolate the day I made this, so I had to supplement with a little cocoa powder, which works perfectly well and added even more chocolatey flavor!

Ingredients

7oz/200g/1 stick + 6tbsp butter

9oz/255g/2¼ cups icing sugar (powdered sugar)

3oz/85g/¾ cup drinking chocolate

1 tbsp Camp coffee essence

1 packet Morning Coffee biscuits or Biscoff cookies

1 egg yolk

3 tsp cream or milk

Method

1. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the sugar and drinking chocolate.

2. Then add the egg yolk, cream or milk and coffee essence and cook for 1 minute, stirring all the time.

3. Line your traybake tin with parchment paper. Spread the bottom with a layer of buttercream. Arrange a layer of biscuits on top and repeat, finishing with a topping of the chocolate cream. In the end, I had three layers of buttercream and two of cookies.

4. Leave to set and then cut into slices. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Peanut Mallow Krispies

Rice Krispies (or any puffed rice cereal you choose) feature heavily in Northern Irish traybake baking. I have several recipes on the blog already that use Rice Krispies with toffee, Mars Bars and even dates and ginger. This week, it’s that classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter in these Chocolate Peanut Mallow Krispies.

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No-Bake Chocolate Mint Slice

It’s another classic flavor combination this week with this no-bake chocolate mint slice. There are already a couple of chocolate and mint traybakes on the blog, including one of my most popular recipes the Mint Aero Traybake, but the joy of this recipe is that it’s likely you already have all the ingredients you need for this and can rustle it up quickly, when the need for a minty slice calls!

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Chocolate Orange Slice

Chocolate Orange Slice.  Another one of those classic combinations. Often found together in cakes and biscuits (I’m not going to start a debate on whether a Jaffa Cake is a cake or a biscuit, so let’s just leave it there…) and also in that traditional Christmas treat – the Chocolate Orange!

This no-bake traybake brings together a classic chocolate fridge cake or tiffin (or whatever you choose to call it) with a smooth orange buttercream. Using cocoa powder makes the biscuit layer dark and chocolatey, but then the orange buttercream balances it out nicely. And then you’re left with, well…a few crumbs, considering the speed at which these disappeared in our house!

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No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Bars

No-bake lemon cheesecake bars. This is a proper, old-school, retro recipe, made with cream cheese, evaporated milk and lemon jelly (or jello, for my US readers). See, I told you it was properly retro!

But, you know what, it still tastes good. And it’s quick and easy to make. So it’s perfect for a simple summer dessert.

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Date and Ginger Crunchies

I already posted one of my favorite childhood traybake recipes using Rice Krispies here (other puffed rice cereals are available!) and, of course, there is always the Mars Bar Traybake. And now this Date and Ginger Crunchies recipe is another option for the ‘Baking with Breakfast Cereal’ series. Or should that be serial?!

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Chocolate Custard Slices

Chocolate Custard Slices. These were a big hit in the Traybakes’ household. They are no-bake. They are easy to make. They freeze well. And they are really rather yummy.

In my exploration of all things baking, I discovered that these Chocolate Custard Slices are incredibly similar to a Canadian traybake called Nanaimo Bars.  The main difference seems to be the inclusion of almonds in the base of the Canadian version.  Although, just like with many Northern Irish traybakes, there do appear to be multiple recipe variations.  But I’m going to stick with calling them Chocolate Custard Slices.

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Fudge Squares

This is not a recipe for traditional fudge. There is no need for a thermometer or trying to reach the ‘soft ball’ stage with your sugar mix. These Fudge Squares are an easy, no-bake traybake where you mix a caramel syrup with crushed biscuits and top it all with chocolate. Yum!

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Mint Aero Traybake

Amazingly, my little blog is now over a year old!  Belated Birthday Greetings to the blog and a huge thank you to everyone out there who has liked, read, commented and (most importantly) baked this past year.  To celebrate, here’s another classic traybake – the Mint Aero Square/Slice/Traybake!

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Wonder Bites

This is another remarkably simple recipe.  Chopped nuts, cherries and coconut, covered in chocolate.  There is a little bit of coffee essence in the recipe, but to be honest, I didn’t notice a discernible coffee taste from these Wonder Bites.

Well, I say this is an easy recipe and it looks remarkably simple.  My baking went something like this…

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