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Sticky Toffee Traybake – Great British Bakeoff Showstopper

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!

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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.

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Lemon coconut traybake

In the name of raising money for charity we have had cake making competitions at work, where we taste samples and vote for our favorite to add a bit of interest to just eating cake for charity. We were raising money for McMillan Cancer Support and will have got well over £100 from three sessions of cake-off. I’m not entirely sure we wouldn’t have made more money if the bakers just put in the cost of the ingredients to the fund, but it’s been a bit of fun and almost a quarter of the people who work where I do have made a cake or cakes. We have previously baked carrot and also chocolate cakes as these were people’s favorites.

I tried the lemon coconut traybake recipe in the new Great British Bake-off showstoppers book. Very easy, quite tasty and could be a bit more lemony, maybe I needed larger lemons.  And I came third out of six entries with this.

I recently got a like for a blog from http://en.gravatar.com/heirline. Be very careful who you go liking people, I might end up telling you all about my Gt Gt Grandfather who was on the last ship of convicts sent to Western Australia in 1867, and that would be truly off-topic and not about bread or baking at all.

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