Budget bake: Malteser traybake

I regularly make tray bakes as they are so quick to make and easy experiment with. One of the firm favourites with my family and friends though is my malteser traybake. Its very chocolatey and indulgent and perfect for taking to parties or picnics. The base itself is so quick to prepare and the biggest amount of time spent with this recipe is putting it in the fridge to set. I don’t mind having to put it in the fridge a couple of times though as it gives me time in between to prepare or do other things.

What you need:

For the traybake base
400g Milk Chocolate
250g Butter
2 tbsp. golden syrup
400g Digestive biscuits
300g Maltesers

To decorate
400g White Chocolate
100g Milk chocolate
12 Maltesers

To make the traybake base:

  • In a pot place the butter, golden syrup and chocolate and melt together on a low heat ensuring that you stir regularly to avoid the chocolate burning at the bottom of the pan.
  • In a separate bowl crush the digestive biscuits with a rolling pin and add the maltesers and leave to the side.
  • Line a tray with baking parchment. I don’t use a specific sixed tray any deep rectangle trays tend to work well.
  • When the ingredients in the pot are completely melted remove from the heat and mix into the digestives and the maltesers.
  • When fully combined then spread into the tray and smooth down and into the corners.
  • Place into the fridge for an hour or two until the mix has cooled and set.

To decorate the traybake

  • Melt the white chocolate in a pot on low heat ensuring that you stir regularly so that it doesn’t burn and stick to the pot.
  • Pour on top of the traybake. Instead of spreading with a palette knife I like to tilt the tray side to side slowly to spead the chocolate completely over the traybake.
  • Then set the traybake back into the fridge for a few minutes while you prepare the last of the decoration
  • Melt 100g of milk chocolate. I usually microwave the chocolate at this part as it is a smaller amount and tends to burn in the pot. Alternatively you can melt in a bowl over hot water in a pot. It entirely p to you and what chocolate melting method you prefer.
  • Once melted with a spoon drizzle the milk chocolate over the traybake. It doesn’t have to be neat – I personally think it looks better if its messy! I usually do horizontal and vertical lines and they come out in different sizes.
  • Once you have finished adding the milk chocolate to the top then place maltesers onto the traybake. I usually cut the traybake into 12 medium/large squares so I place the maltesers onto where roughly the middle of the squares will be. You could alternatively make smaller bite sized portions by adding more maltesers on top and cutting smaller square.
  • Once the maltesers are on top of the traybake then place the traybake back into the fridge to set the chocolate on top for a couple of hours.
  • When the traybake is completely set then its time to slice! I suggest taking the traybake out of the tray, keeping it in the baking paper for 10 minutes at room temperature to take the chill off it. Then heat a knife with hot water and slice the traybake into squares and enjoy!

Let me know if you try this recipe and like it!


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