Sunday, 14 October 2012

Blackberry and Coconut Traybake

I made a delicious traybake with the last of my blackberries last month, and I am finally posting it, but now unfortunately there are not many blackberries to be found! Oh well, it's on here so I'll remember it for next year and hope anyone that reads it will keep it in mind too. I've sent the recipe to lots of friends who have tried it and loved it since baking it recently and it's really simple.

As I had a pretty generous number of blackberries from my garden this year I was looking for some  different recipes other than crumbles or to add them to my breakfast granola and I came across this one. Blackberry and coconut squares on the BBC Good Food website. 


250g self-raising flour
25g oats
280g soft brown sugar
200g cold butter , cut into pieces
75g desiccated coconut
2 medium eggs , beaten
350g fresh blackberries (or you can use frozen)


Heat your oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Tip the flour, oats and sugar into a large bowl. Rub the butter into the flour mixture using your fingertips until it becomes crumbly and only small pea-size pieces remain. Stir through the coconut. 

Then get a teacup (or small mug) and fill it with some of the mixture and set aside (for the crumble topping for later).

Now back to your bowl of mixture, stir the eggs in well, then spread your mix over the bottom of a lined baking tin (31 x 17cm), or a 21cm square tin. Smooth as best you can with the back of a spoon, then scatter over the whole blackberries. Lastly, scatter over the reserved teacup crumble mixture and bake for 1 hr-1 hr 15 mins until golden and cooked through (if you poke a skewer in, it should come out with moist crumbs but no wet mixture). 

Leave to cool, then remove from the tin and cut into squares. 
Yum, it's so tasty and more-ish. It holds together really well too considering the topping is quite crumbly. 
You must remember this recipe when blackberries are back in season or if you have a stash in your freezer to use! It's so good, a recipe I will certainly be keeping hold of as a favourite. Another Blackberry recipe I tried last year which was also great was Blackberry and Apple loaf.

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