I’ve already posted my favourite Ginger Nut recipe, so when I found a Ginger Shortcake recipe in one of my books, I knew I had to try it.
Now, the recipe said to bake the base for an hour. A whole hour. Granted, the temperature isn’t set too high, but an hour seemed rather long to me, so I decided to start checking it after 30 minutes or so and take it from there. And I’m glad I did. The shortcake was starting to darken after 30 minutes and had I baked it for the full hour, I dread to think what colour it would have been. In the end it was a little crisper around the edges and softer in the middle, which I preferred.
Another unusually named traybake. It may be named after the son of Zeus, it may be named after the NASA space missions, it may even be named after the Battlestar Galactica character. Who knows?! (Seriously, if anyone does know, I’d be interested to find out.)
This traybake was remarkably easy to make – chop, crush, melt and mix and pop it into the oven.
Chocolate and coffee is such a classic combination. These Mocha Squares have a chocolate flavoured base (from the cocoa powder) and a coffee buttercream-like topping.
Now, I think these are more of a grown-up traybake, (and they did not get a thumbs up from Little Miss Traybakes) as the coffee essence does add a bitter note to the topping. And even though they definitely are sweet as well, I don’t think I could eat too many in one sitting. Which is probably a good thing!
This is another renamed traybake. My recipe book calls this ‘Economical Almond Cheesecakes’ and the look on my husband’s face when I told him this (after he had already eaten one or two, or was it three…) reinforced the need for a better name!
Now I’m no cheesecake aficionado, in fact cheesecake rates fairly far down my list of favourite dessert items, but there is nothing resembling a cheesecake in these that I can see. They are more like a Bakewell Tart, really.
I am on a roll with the ‘firsts’ for the blog. This was my first ‘try to find the traybake someone remembered their mum making’. I received a message via Facebook (thank you!) from someone who remembered a traybake with crushed cornflakes, coconut and white icing on the top.
This may not be the same. This may not even come close. But it does have cornflakes, coconut and white icing on the top. I tried!
This recipe was a first for me. Until now, the blog has featured recipes that I have either made before or eaten before. This one was new to me, but it sounded interesting, and as there are going to be many more unknown recipes as I work my way through these books, I may as well start somewhere.
My recipe book calls this ‘Chinese Chews’ but I’m rather stumped by this as I can’t see what exactly makes them Chinese. So I took the liberty of renaming them.
Just four ingredients in this recipe. Four!
And it was so easy to make.
And it has porridge oats in it, so it’s practically a health food. If the other three ingredients weren’t there, I suppose.
This recipe makes quite a thin layer in my usual 23cm square tin, but these are buttery and crunchy and a little sticky, so I prefer them like this. Also, smaller flapjacks mean you can eat more without feeling guilty. Or is that just me…
As March began and I saw that my daughter’s preschool would be talking about leprechauns and pots of gold (FYI, if my daughter found a pot of gold, she would apparently “buy more monkeys”) my thoughts turned to something to make for St Patrick’s Day.
One of my books has a recipe for ‘Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur’ but perhaps we’ll leave that for another day…
I always called this traybake Caramel Squares, but it is known by a variety of names. My recipe books both have a very similar recipe called Caramel Crumble, which is what I have made today. It is also known as Millionaire’s Shortbread because, presumably, plain shortbread is considered too ordinary for millionaires?! Who knows?
Whatever name you choose, the combination of shortbread + caramel + chocolate is one of my favourites.