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S’mores Traybake

Ever since I started this blog, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about baking and traybakes and baking traybakes…and after a while, I began to think about making some ‘new’ traybakes (hey, the classics all had to start somewhere!)

Living in the US, we have been introduced to s’mores and they have been a firm favorite in our house ever since – especially with Little Miss Traybakes.  For anyone who doesn’t know what a s’more is, you sandwich a piece of chocolate and a toasted marshmallow between two graham crackers (which are more or less like digestives) and then attempt to eat it without getting too much sticky marshmallow all over your face and hands (or is that just Little Miss Traybakes?!)

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Malteser Squares

This isn’t a recipe I remember from my childhood, so whether it’s a more ‘modern’ traybake or just one that Mummy Traybakes didn’t make until I was older, I’m not sure.  However, I think it’s one that definitely deserves a place on my (rather long and expanding) list of favourite traybakes.

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No-Bake Coffee Squares

Having made my Mocha Squares traybake a few weeks ago, I still had quite a lot of coffee essence left over.  And the bottle claims that it should be refrigerated and used within 28 days of opening.  Now, I don’t want to pass any sort of judgement on Mummy Traybakes’ housekeeping but I’m sure there was a bottle of Camp Coffee that was in our larder for a lot longer than 28 days when I was a child…

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Apollo Brownies

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.

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Mocha Squares

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!

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Mallow Cushions

This was another reader request.

I had never heard of Mallow Cushions before but this recipe had the right name and the ingredient list sounded the same and the end result was rather yummy!

But so sticky to work with.  Oh, so sticky!

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Squares

This was another first for the blog.  So far, I have baked the recipes from my books with minimal changes.  I’ve converted to grams, I’ve added a few more directions and on one occasion I’ve suggested how long to bake it for!  But I haven’t changed the ingredients.  Until now.

I made these ‘Peanut Butter Fingers’ and they were nice.  But they weren’t quite right.  The base was very crumbly and they didn’t have as much of a peanutty taste as I wanted, so I decided to make them again with a few changes.  I added more butter (never a bad thing) and I added more peanut butter (never a bad thing) and they worked out so much better.

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Go (mint) green for St Patrick’s Day

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…

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A caramel square by any other name

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.

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