But first…..some exhaustion
I look like a right dog at the minute. These school holidays have felt like a hurricane just came into town and I literally feel like I haven’t stopped. Of course that is nonsense but I only have the mental stress capacity of an annoyingly anxious nelly so anything out of a sedentary routine makes me positively tic. The constant fighting and bickering between my two children makes me want to head butt them frequently or at least lose them in Tescos. For the rich it must be fabulous….a wing each and a Nanny to oversee and administer any coming togethers. Mine still manage to fight even when in separate rooms such is their venom…….They are excited about their forthcoming holiday in a shared family hotel room……….I am not.
Another grave problem has arisen. For a while now I have noticed that I have developed a tendency to not give much of a wotsit what I look like. I have also noticed that it has been gathering speed of late finally culminating in the full bag lady look on Tuesday. I have remained all week in tramp mode and as the weekend approaches I fear for the street kudos of my children. After watching Big Star’s Little Star my daughter confided in me that she wished I was a bit more glamorous like the mums she had just seen on T.V……just a bit more child?????? She was upset that she may have hurt my feelings. I reassured her that it was normal to feel that way especially if your Mother dresses mostly as a man……..I really need a big frump bitch slap.
Traybakes are almost made for the school holidays.They are just the best especially when you’re entertaining a few of the blighters. They are perfect for mass sharing with Tom, Dick and Harry. Any left overs can be placed in Tupperware for a nibble later or even better a midnight feast. I’m obviously not advocating secret snaffling in the dark in men’s pyjamas…….that’s not me at all…….no.
I love them for their simplicity and easy serving ability. I love them for how they make me all warm inside. They feel all about nostalgia and childhood picnics. I feel like I’m almost at boarding school when faced with a pile of Flapjacks or Fudgy Brownies and give me Millionaires Shortbread and I’m practically a member of the Famous Five…..
My first Traybake is this gorgeous Carrot Cake. It is a larger Traybake but this Carrot Cake keeps so well as it is incredibly moist. I keep it in the fridge actually as I like the Cream Cheese Icing cold for some reason not known to myself. But it is fine in an air tight container. I also sometimes bake it in a 8″ deep cake tin and then Ice the pants off it but it works just as well here.
It really is an incredibly delicious Traybake too. So much so that it is the cake that I am most asked for. Kids and adults alike. The Cream Cheese Icing is also divine and compliments it perfectly. It is also a Traybake that rarely goes wrong. I’m not sure why apart from the fact that it is quite a stout batter. The Iron Man of cake batters if ever there was one. Nothing can make this bad boy sink in the middle.
I start by whipping the oil and eggs together until pale and mousse like. Your whisk should leave a trail in the mixture.
I use a 20 cm by 30 cm and 5 cm deep baking tray.
Then you simply mix in the rest of the dry ingredients apart from the carrots making sure to combine it all thoroughly. Then in go the carrots for another good mix before emptying out into your traybake tin. You should line the tin with baking paper or bakeoglide. I simply cut off a suitable sized piece before snipping the four corners on the diagonal so they will slip inside each other.
Pour in the mixture and level off.
After about an hour of baking I leave it to cool in the traybake tin before lifting it out and slathering it with icing. If you like to be precise I measure out the squares with a ruler. It also helps with the infighting as god forbid one of my children got a bigger piece than the other……
This Carrot Traybake recipe is one of my signature bakes. Moist, spiced with Cinnamon and topped with delicious cream cheese Icing. It's always a crowd pleaser.
- 300 mls vegetable oil
- 400 grams plain flour
- 2 tsps baking powder
- 400 grams caster sugar
- 4 medium eggs
- 2 tsps cinnamon
- 400 grams grated carrot I use my food processor to just whizz them to tiny carrot rubble
- 1/2 tsp salt
Cream Cheese Icing
- 350 grams icing sugar
- 200 grams full fat cream cheese
- 50 grams unsalted butter not soft but not straight from the fridge
Preheat your oven to 170 C
Whisk the eggs and oil together until pale and mousse like.
Add the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and sugar and mix thoroughly.
Add the grated carrot and mix well.
Tip out into your lined baking tray and level off.
Bake for about an hour or until a skewer comes out clean.
Cream Cheese Icing Sugar
I just whizz the whole lot in the food processor so I don't have to sieve. I can't bear to sieve.
Slather it everywhere.
Apply to Dog Rough Face.
Due to the fact that I am rather a fiend for Traybakes. Here are some more seriously delicious traybakes from my blog.
These are the most incredible Flapjacks ever. I do not say that lightly. Crisp on the outside and chewy within they really are sensational and so easy to whip up in a mere moment.
This is the most delicious recipe for Millionaires Shortbread that I have ever tried. It is both simple and absolutely all that a Millionaires Shortbread should be. Rich, chewy with toffee caramel and perfect shortbread biscuit. I have yet to come across any child or adult that can resist.
I have made these Brownies so many times I could make them in my sleep. They are truly stupendous and stop everyone mid bite for a chocolatey moment.
This is such a wonderful fruity Traybake. With warmly spiced Rhubarb on top of the moist cake and a heavy smattering of buttery, nubbly crumble on top this Traybake hits the spot every time and is one of my most popular recipes on the blog.
This is another warmly spiced delicious Traybake. Perfect for Autumn and Halloween.
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