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Strawberries & Cream Traybake

A delicious afternoon summer traybake that is perfect for afternoon tea or a garden party.

What is a Strawberry & Cream Traybake?

A light and moist sponge with a fresh strawberry layer and covered in a flavoured mascarpone topping with crushed mini meringues and fresh strawberries.

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Ingredients 

Sponge
 
100g Sugar and Crumbs Strawberry and Pistachio Natural Flavoured Icing Sugar   
150g Caster Sugar 
250g Stork Margarine
250g Eggs ( Approx 5 Medium Eggs) weighed without shell
250g Self Raising Flour
 
Toppings
 
200g Fresh Strawberries
400g Mascarpone 
50g Sugar and Crumbs Strawberry and Pistachio Natural Flavoured Icing Sugar
 
Meringue Kisses – Follow Whipping it up Meringue Kisses recipe here 
 
 
 
 
 
Instructions
 
  1. Preheat the oven to 160c and line a brownie tin approx 9×9 inch with baking paper. Beat the margarine until creamy and then add the caster sugar and icing sugar and beat in.
  2. Add the eggs one by one and beat, then add the flour and fold in beating slowly until combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into the lined tin, spread out and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until risen and golden.
  4. Once baked leave to cool fully on a cooling rack.  
  5. Cut a square from the centre of the sponge by cutting an outline leaving a space between the edge of the sponge about 1cm in, cut about 1/3 of the way down the cake use a spoon to scoop out the centre so you have a small lower layer to fill with fruit.
  6. Cut the largest strawberries into slices and make a layer that fills your inner square.
  7. Beat the mascarpone with the beater until smooth and add in the 50g of flavoured icing sugar to add extra flavour.
  8. Pour the mixture over the strawberry inner square and the whole of the sponge using a palette knife to smooth. 
  9. To decorate, place more strawberries sporadically over the top with the meringue kisses and crush a few meringues too,  sprinkle these over the top, dust with icing sugar and serve.

Tips 

Best eaten within a day or two

Keep in the fridge when not eating, add the meringues and strawberries just before serving

Other combinations to try – 

Lemon Drizzle flavour with Fresh Blueberries

Lemon Drizzle flavour with Fresh Raspberries

Raspberry Ripple flavour with Fresh Peaches

Strawberry Milkshake flavour with Fresh Strawberries

Alternative you could change the mascarpone for double cream or ricotta

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