While we’re marking time waiting for the next UK series of the GBB, here’s the Sticky Toffee Traybake. I think you’ll have to get the book as I can’t find the recipe online.
A very easy recipe, you boil some chopped stoned dates with water and bicarbonate of soda (which makes it very frothy!). While that’s cooling there’s a bit of butter to be creamed, then some light brown muscovado sugar, then some eggs, vanilla extract, flour and walnut pieces. Then while it is baking you make a caramel topping with more light brown muscovado sugar, butter and double cream, which is left to cool while the cake cools. Then when everything is cool you beat some mascarpone – don’t skimp this bit as the topping goes lumpy otherwise (trust me I’ve been there). Then you add the caramel and some salt and mix and apply to the cake.
As Bakewise points out the cake is good enough to eat without the topping. I’ve made this a couple of times and the topping is very soft and squidgy so it doesn’t travel well. But it is rather nice!
As I’m ahead of myself this weekend I may bake some bread this afternoon, or tomorrow. Yesterday I biked a stupid distance, so I’ve got a day off the bike.