Sydney Specials (or possibly Sidney Specials, there are some discrepancies in the spelling) tick a lot of the classic traybake boxes. Coconut? Check! Cornflakes? Check! Chocolate? Check!
This traybake is very simple and quick to make. Just mix the dry ingredients and add melted butter. Then bake and top with chocolate icing. It would only be simpler if it were no-bake. But there’s flour in this and as my flour packet keeps telling me, you shouldn’t eat raw flour (hasn’t stopped me licking the bowl when I bake a cake though…)
These Sydney Specials can be a little crumbly, but they are crunchy and delicious and, I think, the only reason these lasted more than one day in our house is because Little Miss Traybakes stood guard at the cookie tin and wouldn’t let us eat too many at once!
4oz/110g plain flour (all-purpose flour)
3oz/85g desiccated coconut
2oz/55g cornflakes, crushed
1 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
Sift together the dry ingredients. Melt the butter and mix with the dry ingredients.
Spread into a lined tin (I used an 8″/20cm square tin) and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Top with chocolate glacé icing or melted chocolate. For the glacé icing, mix 6oz/175g icing sugar with 1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder, then gradually add a little hot water until you have a thick, spreadable topping.
Spread topping over base while still slightly warm. Leave to cool, then slice into squares and enjoy!
It was time for another no-bake traybake and this Chocolate Ginger Traybake is an easy one. And it doesn’t need flour or eggs! It’s a double-ginger, chocolatey slice, topped with yet more chocolate.
The base has both ginger snap biscuits and crystallized ginger in it for an additional spicy, sugary kick. And the condensed milk makes the base gooey and squidgy. The base is a little on the soft side if you leave it sitting out, so these might be best kept in the fridge, especially if your kitchen is particularly warm.
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.
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.
This is about as simple as it gets. Chocolate & Apricot Wedges.
OK, so the wedges are purely an aesthetic thing, you can cut these into any shape you want. And the apricot is purely a suggestion, you can use any dried fruit that you want. But it’s as simple as melting some chocolate and butter, crushing some biscuits and mixing it all together. Then waiting long enough for it to set so you can eat it.
It’s definitely a useful recipe to have for those times you need a quick and easy no-bake traybake.
Ginger has been a popular flavor running through my bakes since I started the blog. And as it’s always proved a winner with Little Miss Traybakes, when I saw this Ginger Slice Traybake recipe, I had to give it a go. For other gingery bakes try Date and Ginger Crunchies, Ginger Shortcake or even Ginger Cake. See, I told you ginger is popular in traybakes (and cake, and cookies…!)
Another new traybake for me this week. I can’t remember which retro recipe book this No-Bake Honey Crunch Traybake came from as I just made a copy the last time I was back at Mummy Traybakes’ house, but it intrigued me enough to make a note of it and I recently decided to try it out.
And it was a success all round! I offered some to my book club (my other official taste testers) and it proved to be a hit companion to our latest book discussion, as well as getting a thumbs up from Little Miss Traybakes.
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!
This No-Bake Chocolate Biscuit Cake Traybake goes by many different names, with subtle variations to the recipes. But the basic principle is a chocolatey mix with crushed biscuits and any additions you want. I kept it traditional, for me at least, by adding raisins and glacé cherries, but feel free to take liberties with the recipe and add other dried fruit, or even something like Maltesers!
It looks a little like Fifteens, before you cut into it anyway. It’s a similar log shape and is coated with coconut, and these No-Bake Date Rolls are just as easy to make, with an equally simple list of ingredients.
These were one of my favorites when I was a child and may explain my continuing love of dates as an adult, and the numerous date traybake recipes I have already made for the blog!