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Crunch & Crumble Bars

It’s definitely Fall here in New England. The leaves are turning a beautiful range of autumnal colors, we’ve continued our family tradition of going apple picking at a local orchard and we’ve been baking appropriate treats like these Crunch & Crumble Bars.

A rich, buttery shortbread base, topped with your choice of jam and then sprinkled with a nutty, crunchy, crumble topping.

I used jam for my fruity layer but you could just as easily stew some apples or other seasonal fruit and use that instead. Apple Crumble Bars would be delicious, especially with all the freshly picked apples that are available at this time of year.

These got a big thumbs up when I brought them into the office but Little Miss Traybakes wasn’t as convinced this time, but that’s mostly to do with her dislike of any nuts that aren’t peanuts, so don’t rely on her opinion for this one!

Ingredients

Base

4oz/110g butter

2oz/55g sugar

1 egg yolk

5oz/150g plain flour (all-purpose flour)

5-6 tbsp jam

Topping

5oz/150g plain flour (all-purpose flour)

½ tsp baking powder

4oz/110g butter

2½oz/70g brown sugar

1½oz/40g chopped nuts (I used pecans)

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F and line a 8″/20cm square tin.

2. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then gradually add the egg yolk with the flour to make a soft dough.

3. Press into the tin and bake for 15 minutes.

4. Remove from the oven and (very carefully!) spread with the jam while the base is still warm.

5. (You can do this stage while the shortbread base is baking). Rub the butter into the flour and baking powder. Then stir in the sugar and nuts and sprinkle the mixture over the jam.

6. Return to the oven and bake for a further 35 minutes or until golden.

7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Cut into slices and enjoy!

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No-Bake Peanut Crunch

The Traybakes Family has returned from vacation and while recovering from jet lag, we’re still getting over the fact that the weather at home was (almost!) as warm as the weather we get in the summer here in Massachusetts! So, for sunny, summery days like these, when it’s too hot to turn on your oven, this No-Bake Peanut Crunch is the perfect solution.

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Butterscotch Squares Traybake

This Butterscotch Squares Traybake recipe is essentially a recipe for Blondies. However, when I was a child, I’m not sure I would have known what a Blondie was, so Butterscotch Squares seems much more descriptive! It’s another easy bake, just some melting and mixing required. And it got a big thumbs up from Little Miss Traybakes. And she’s not even a big fan of nuts in my baking, so that’s got to be a good sign!

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Alice Cakes

I have multiple recipes for Alice Cakes, but I don’t remember eating these growing up. But there are many recipes I have encountered that are unfamiliar to me, that’s one of the pleasures of baking for this blog, I get to discover all sorts of new treats.

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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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Iced Christmas Pudding

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.

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Poor Man’s Florentines

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.

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Yum Yum Cakes

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…

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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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Date and Nut Traybake

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.

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