These cake bars couldn't be easier and yet they can be made SO versatile and quick to make. I packed these full of my home made sweet mincemeat on this occasion, but diced peaches or apples with cinnamon and sugar work well - or even just a good thick layer of chunky jam !
Eat them as a cake slice or serve hot as a dessert with custard or a scoop of good vanilla ice cream.
Use a tray, tin or silicone bakeware mould approx 11 x 9" internal size - our Tray Bake Swiss silicone mould is perfect for this (as shown)
700g mincemeat (replace with suitable alternative as desired)
Rub the butter, flour and sugar together until it starts to clump together. I like to be able to compact it together in my hand so it holds as one lump and them crumble it again so it's like rubble more than crumbs.
Put half the mixture in the mould or tin and roll flat. Spread mincemeat / jam / choice of filling on top and then top with the remaining crumble.
Bake 180deg c fan oven (200deg C normal electric) for 30mins or until the top is starting to turn a light golden brown.
Allow to totally cool before slicing. Makes approx 12 large slices.
May be warmed again later and served as a dessert with good vanilla ice cream.
I've been spending a few days with family in Scotland. We shouted up the chimney just before we left Norfolk so that Santa would know where to bring Oliver's presents on Christmas morning ! I must Santa brought Oliver a spectacular load of toys....including the spitting dinosaur that he really wanted (but is actually rather scared of at the moment)
Uncle Simon (my brother) got given the job of putting all the fiddly little bits of a Playmobil set together.
Oliver was VERY excited on Christmas eve and getting him to bed was a bit of a nightmare. We wrongly presumed that since he was very late going to sleep, that he would not get up until a reasonable hour. Hmm 5.25am isn't quite what I had in mind.......!!!
This one - Smokey The Fire Engine - is most definitely the favourite.
Doctor Oliver doing an examination of Pappy (apparently contagious)
Riding Bullseye (Nanny's rocking horse) on Boxing Day
Santa was rather good to me too. I've got several rather super cookery books that I'm looking forward to trying out new recipes from family and a Masterclass at The Lavender House in Norfolk from my lovely husband.
Can't believe it's almost all over and we go home again tomorrow.
Hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas !
Sarah-Jane Nash, www.siliconemoulds.com - December 2011