Topped with gooey blueberries and crunchy almonds, these cake squares go perfectly with your cuppa.
Prep time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 40 mins
Total time: 1 hr 10 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
For the base:
- 100g (3½oz) unsalted butter
- 200g (7oz) plain flour
- 2 level tbsp caster sugar
- 1 medium egg, lightly beaten
For the filling:
- 150g (5oz) unsalted butter, softened
- 150g (5oz) caster sugar
- 150g (5oz) self-raising flour
- 50g (2oz) ground almonds
- A few drops of almond extract
- 3 medium eggs
- 150g carton blueberries
For the topping:
- 1-2 tbsp flaked almonds
- Icing sugar, for dusting
You’ll also need:
- 26 x 16.5cm (10¼ x 6½in) rectangular tin, lined with baking parchment
- A hand whisk
- A food processor (optional – you can rub the butter into the flour by hand)
- To make the base: Add the butter and caster sugar into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in the egg until the mixture starts to look like coarse breadcrumbs. Tip the mixture into the base of the tin, and press it down firmly to give an even layer.
- Chill the base for 10-15 mins until it’s firm.
- Set the oven to 180°C (or gas mark 4) and place a solid baking sheet in the oven to heat up.
- To make the filling: Place the butter in a bowl and whisk until soft. Add the caster sugar and cream them together until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the ground almonds and almond extract. Gradually whisk in the eggs, one at a time, adding a little flour with each egg. Beat in the rest of the flour. Spoon the mixture over the base, and spread level.
- Scatter the blueberries over and press them into the sponge mixture and then top with flaked almonds.
- Place the tin on the hot baking sheet in the centre of the oven, and bake for 40-45 mins or until the mixture is a light-golden colour. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10-15 mins, and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- When the traybake is cold, dust icing sugar over the top and cut into 15 squares to serve. (Not suitable for freezing).
Nutritional information per portion
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.