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Best ever traybake recipes

Traybakes are speedy, easy and fun to make. Snack on a healthy oat and nut breakfast bar, indulge in a batch of delicious black forest brownies or impress your guests with the show-stopping raspberry and pistachio linzer tart.

Custard cream blondies

Ever thought of adding custard creams to your blondie mixture? It’s genius! Have a go this weekend and let us know how you get on (@olivemagazine)

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Honey nut cornflake and caramel bars

Just pour a glass of milk and call this breakfast – we won’t tell. These honey nut cornflake and caramel bars are easy to make but look impressive

Honey nut cornflake and caramel bars

Caramel almond slice

Caramel and almonds work really well together in this classic pudding. Serve warm as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of melted chocolate, or cool and eat as a teatime treat.


Raspberry and pistachio linzer tart

This delicious raspberry and pistachio linzer tart takes a while but it is well worth the effort. It looks fantastic and is the perfect jammy treat to go alongside a cup of tea.


Caramel and banana blondies

Blondies are the white chocolate version of brownies. This easy tray bake is also packed with banana and rich caramel. Serve at teatime or warm with a scoop of ice-cream for pudding.


Salted caramel shortbread

Sweet and salty flavours are an ongoing trend and this shortbread recipe is the perfect way to blend these flavours. It’s quick and easy baking and will please a crowd.


Nut and oat breakfast bars

A healthy on-the-go breakfast or anytime snack, these nut and oat breakfast bars are packed with goodness and provide a real energy boost. You can add a sprinkling of chia, flax or other seeds too.


Classic chocolate brownies

A classic, gooey chocolate brownie recipe that can be ramped up with added ingredients (we’ve included three suggestions in the recipe). This recipe uses a square tin, but you can use an oblong or even round cake tin provided it is roughly the same size – just keep an eye on the brownie, you may need slightly less or more time than the recipe states.


Sticky toffee squares

The best traybake with a double layer of caramel heaven. Use dulce de leche if you have it for this easy teatime treat. Bake it with one layer of rich caramel, then use it to ice the cake to finish. Everyone will love this.


Strawberry and pistachio cake

A lovely summer pistachio cake with strawberry icing that’s worth the extra effort. When strawberries smell good, they should be at optimum ripeness and have flavour – perfect for this cake.


Flapjacks

Flapjacks are a great easy tray bake. These oaty bars are sticky with golden syrup and brown sugar. Serve them up with a cup of tea or pack into lunch boxes for an energy hit.


Raspberry and white chocolate blondies

Cooking the butter until nutty and golden gives these blondies the edge before they’ve even made it to the oven. Scatter in blackberries instead of raspberries as the seasons change.


Raspberry and lemon flapjacks

Flapjacks make the best after-school or mid-afternoon treat. With a delicious layer of raspberries these oat bars are sure to be a hit with friends and family.


Texas sheet cake

Sheet cake is a standard baking treat in Texas, and we’re getting involved with our version of the chocolatey tray bake. We’ve bumped up the topping with lots of chocolate to make an easy idea for a birthday cake, or simply to enjoy as an afternoon snack.


Crème Egg brownie cake

Chocolate cake + Cadbury’s Creme Eggs = HEAVEN. Whip up our chocolate traybake for a special Easter treat, or make it any time of the year (we certainly do)!


Black forest brownies

Black forest brownies combine two of our favourite sweet treats. This brownie/black forest gâteau mash-up is boozy, cherry-studded, chocolatey heaven. Add a big dollop of kirsch spiked cream if you can handle it.


Nectarine, coconut and lime tray-tart

This nectarine, coconut and lime tray-tart is easy to make, vegetarian and gluten-free. Served with a scoop of coconut ice cream, it makes a great pud

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Salted peanut and honeycomb rocky road

These salted peanut and honeycomb rocky road squares are a great twist on a classic and will please everyone. Plus, they’re really easy and only take 15 minutes of work.