We’re feeling very festive here in the Traybakes’ household. Little Miss Traybakes decorated our Christmas tree a couple of weeks ago. We’ve already had a few snowfalls. And our mission to introduce mince pies to the Americans continues. It’s mostly been successful too!
So, I thought I’d try to sneak in a quick blog post before Christmas. What to make?! Then I remembered a recipe that Mummy Traybakes first made many years ago for Iced Christmas Pudding. I have no idea where this recipe comes from, but like many of the traybake recipes, it’s probably been passed around for years.
We had our first flurries of snow in the week before Thanksgiving this year. When I’m clearing several inches (hopefully not feet!) of snow off our driveway later in the winter, I shall try to remember the look of sheer joy on Little Miss Traybakes’ face when she saw the sprinkling of flakes outside. It won’t make the snow shoveling any easier but I’m hoping it’ll make me smile!
It’s not the earliest I’ve ever seen snow over here and there certainly wasn’t enough to make even the smallest of snowballs, so I’ve been making snowballs in the kitchen instead.
This traybake was new to me but as Little Miss Traybakes pointed out, it does have a lot of the same ingredients as Fifteens (this unprompted comment made me rather proud – a star baker in the making?!)
These are very sweet but also very delicious. Coconutty, crunchy, filled with sticky marshmallows, and topped with sweet white chocolate, these are definitely not for anyone looking to reduce their sugar consumption! But like most of my other bakes, I cut these into small squares. Everything in moderation!
I’ve never been a big fan of the Mars Bar. I would never buy one in a shop. Although if you offered me a mini Mars Bar, I probably would take it. For some reason, I think they taste better than the full-sized bars.
But, the Mars Bar Traybake is a different story altogether! Somehow, a melted Mars Bar, mixed with Rice Krispies (other puffed rice cereals are available) transforms it into a very yummy, crispy, chewy treat that is hard to refuse!
There’s a chill in the air in the mornings, the trees are changing into a variety of reds and golden tones, there are tour buses full of ‘leaf-peepers’ stopping off in my historic New England town on their way to find the best foliage…and Little Miss Traybakes has been asking for some time now when we are going apple picking!
Yes, it’s Autumn again! Or Fall, if you prefer.
I know that I claim that a lot of these recipes are incredibly easy to make, but this one has to be near the top of the list of easy traybakes. It was quick to assemble and really only requires some chopping, butter melting and biscuit crushing.
Now, this is my third attempt at making a florentine style traybake. The two previous recipes hadn’t been very successful, so I was taking quite a gamble trying yet another florentine recipe! But this one worked! And they are rather yummy.
Another non-traybake post this week. And it does require you to make pastry. (Or you could buy ready-made pastry, there’s no judgment here.)
These are called Marshmallow Fudge Tartlets, but it’s more of a ‘Marshmallow Jam Caramel Tartlet’. But the first option is shorter and snappier, so I’m sticking with that. The combination of crisp pastry, tart jam, sweet marshmallow and caramel is a winner.
This is a very easy cake to bake. It’s tangy and moist and you can throw it together very quickly. Not literally. Don’t throw cakes. It’s a waste of cake.
This was a recipe in one of my ‘retro’ Northern Irish traybake books. Yes, I know, it’s not a traybake, but reading through the books, I spotted this and thought it looked interesting.
It pretty much is a Lemon Drizzle Cake and requires you to do very little work. You melt some butter and mix it with sugar, eggs and flour. It’s that simple! Then, when cooked, you top it with lemon juice and sugar.
This was a new traybake for me, but at the same time there is something familiar about it. Perhaps I have eaten it in the past or maybe it’s just the combination of ingredients. Or maybe the meringue layer made me start to think about pavlova…