“I wish I could bake” is one comment I here a lot from people!
I always tell them “ yes you can” – just start off with something simple like muffins or fairy cakes or even this very simple Custard Cream Sponge Tray-Bake.
It’s a quick very simple recipe and I’m sure everybody could bake it, even a complete beginner at baking.
This recipe which I got from my Mum is an all-in-one recipe, which means its mixed in one bowl. My Mum was famous for her tray-bakes especially when it came to school bake sales. She used a very simple sponge recipe but added great flavours to make them a bit special. Everybody was crazy for her Chocolate Knickerbocker Glory tray-bake. I promise I’ll share that recipe one day, but to-day Its my Custard Cream Tray-Bake.
Custard creams biscuits are the cheap and cheerful of the supermarket biscuits! You can get a packet in any supermarket for around 50c sometimes cheaper. When I was young they were a very posh biscuit and could be only found in the special tin of biscuits that you could only buy at Christmas. My brother’s and I had many fights on Christmas day over those biscuits. There was always only 3 custard creams in the tin and there was 4 of us.
Speaking of Christmas last week my local supermarket had it’s Christmas tins of biscuits on the shelves along with tubs of Cadbury Rose’s Chocolates and it’s not even Halloween yet.
Back to the recipe. I was going to make an apple sponge tray-bake, but that went out the window when I saw my oldest and his friends chomping down the last of the apples. I made myself a cuppa and grabbed two sneaky custard creams to dunk and bingo “light bulb” moment, why not use the custard creams in the sponge tray-bake.
I whisked together the very easy sponge recipe, broke the biscuits into small pieces and just folded these into the batter. Pour the batter into the baking tin , dollop spoonfuls of custard on top and bake for 30 mins.
It might be cheap and cheerful l but I promise you this Custard Cream Tray-Bake makes a delicious dessert especially with some extra warm custard poured on top.
If my American or Australian friends find it hard to get these biscuits, then try substituting with Golden Oreos!!!
CUSTARD CREAM TRAYBAKE
75g baking spread(Stork) or butter
225g self-raising flour
1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1tsp vanilla extract
175g caster sugar
5 TBSP milk
12 Custard Cream Biscuits – broken into pieces
Preheat your oven to 180C.
Grease and line a baking tin 12 x 9 inches ( an 8” square tin would work as well.)
Put all the ingredients except the biscuits into the bowl of your stand mixer and beat on a low speed for 2 mins.
Gently stir in ½ of the broken biscuits.
Pour batter into tin and level out.
Using a tablespoon drop spoonsful of custard over the top. Press the remaining biscuits into the top.
Bake for 25-30mins.
Cut into squares – delicious served with custard
Recipe by Karyn @irishbakingadventures.com. All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to share this recipe, please simply link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you.
If you like the Custard Cream Tray-Bake, then make sure you take a look at my Custard Cream Cupcakes. You can fin that recipe here
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