Great British Bake Off Week 5: Almond, Lemon, and Strawberry Traybake

Time to get back involved with the Bloggers Bake Off! As I made tuiles a couple of weeks ago, and don’t have any need to make a biscuit tower (I’m not sure that anyone does really), I decided to make a tray bake.

At first I was thinking of a tray bake as one of those horrible things people sometimes bring into work from Tesco when it’s their birthday. But, after watching the episode, I realised that actually, it’s any sort of baked good in a tray, like brownies, millionaire’s shortbread, or Nanaimo bars.

Almond, Lemon, and Strawberry Traybake Recipe

Ingredients

Pastry

175g plain flour

a pinch of salt

2tbsp caster sugar

115g unsalted butter

1 medium egg yolk mixed with 2tbsp ice cold water

Almond layer

120g unsalted butter, soft but not runny

120g caster sugar

2 medium eggs at room temperature

60g self raising flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

100g ground almonds

a few drops almond essence

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon.

160g Strawberries, quartered

Crumble topping

110g plain flour

35g unsalted butter

50 demerara sugar

lemon juice

Icing sugar

Method

Put the flour, salt, and sugar into a food processor, and pulse to combine. Add the butter, and process until it resembles crumbs.

Next add the egg yolk/water mixture and process until it just comes together, then wrap in cling film and chill for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Line the base of a 20x30cm baking tin with non-stick baking paper, then roll out the pastry and use to line the bottom of the tin. Chill in the fridge until ready.

Add the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, almonds, and almond extract into a bowl, and mix together. Spread over the pastry layer.

Scatter the chopped strawberries over the surface, then press them into the almond mixture.

Next, make the crumble topping by rubbing the butter into the flour and sugar with your fingertips until it resembles lumpy breadcrumbs. Spread this over the surface of the traybake and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes.

Allow to cool and firm up in the tin for 10 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to fully cool.

Meanwhile, make the lemon icing by combining lemon juice and icing sugar until you reach a drizzling consistency (note: mine is a little thick!) Drizzle over the surface of the traybake, then trim the edges and cut into equal pieces.

Traybake

Done!

Almond Lemon and Strawberry Traybake

So, you have a layer of sweet shortcrust pastry, an almond cake layer with pieces of strawberry, then a crumbly top layer drizzled in lemon icing.

Mr M approves. And no soggy bottoms here! Hurrah!

I’m linking this post up to the Great Bloggers Bake Off run by the Crazy Kitchen and Mummy Mishaps

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6 comments

  1. ooh yes, I’m loving the sound of these! made me laugh about the traybakes from Tesco..you are so right!
    thanks for joining in

    1. They disappoint me so much! I would rather no cake than one of those poor excuses for cake! I think it’s partly the total uniformity that offends me. It’s just not right. I have also become a doughnut snob.

  2. jennypaulin · · Reply

    hee hee about the Tesco traybakes! Your traybake on the other hand looks really nice and such a wonderful mix of flavours too mmmmm!
    thanks for linking up x

    1. I confess, I was going to do some sort of plum thing, but my plums had gone mouldy! I did however have non-mouldy strawberries in the house, so strawberry traybake it was!

  3. Mmm, I love the sound of these textures. They look delicious 🙂

    1. They were! Crumbly buttery topping, moist cakeyness, crisp pastry…. Yum.

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