Fifteens are a classic Northern Irish traybake, if not THE classic traybake.

They are also a no-bake traybake and aren’t made in a tray.  Confused yet?!

They are sweet and sticky and delicious and also freeze well, so you can always have some close at hand!  If you are going to put some in the freezer, I’d advise placing them between sheets of parchment paper, so they don’t stick together.

This recipe makes two logs of about 25cm/10in long.  Slice them as thickly or thinly as you like!

Ingredients

15 Digestive biscuits (or Graham Crackers), crushed

15 marshmallows, chopped into small pieces

15 glacé cherries (candied cherries), quartered

½ a 396g/14oz tin of condensed milk

desiccated coconut (unsweetened flaked coconut)

1.  Crush the biscuits until they are mostly crumbs, leaving a few larger pieces (about the size of a hazelnut) for texture and place in a large bowl.  How you crush your biscuits may depend on how violent you are feeling that day.  You can place them in a plastic bag and bash them with a rolling pin.  Put them in a bowl and crush them with your hands.  Or blitz them in a food processor.

2.  Add the chopped marshmallows and cherries.  I find that using kitchen scissors to chop the marshmallows is, by far, the easiest method.  If the scissors get too sticky, dip them into your crushed biscuits and the crumbs will cover the stickiness.

Yes, I know that traditionally the marshmallows are pink and white

Fifteen of each ingredient. Can you guess why they’re called fifteens yet?

3.  Pour in the condensed milk and mix until everything comes together.

At this stage it is sticky and gooey, but bear with me, it works!

At this stage it is sticky and gooey, but bear with me, it works!

4.  Place the mixture onto some foil or parchment paper and shape into a log.  Cover the outside of the log with the coconut and roll around until it’s covered on all sides.

After the squishing and squashing (or rolling into shape) it should look something like this

After the squishing and squashing (or rolling into shape) it should look something like this

5.  Wrap it up tightly in a roll and place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.  Slice and enjoy.

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