Pretty pink traybake bars

Prep: 40 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Pretty pink traybake bars
A party in a tray, this pretty pink sponge with marble icing is heaven.

300g butter, at room temperature

120g golden caster sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 large egg yolk

500g plain flour

400g raspberry jam

500g icing sugar

Pink food colouring

Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas mark 4

Grease and line a 20 x 30cm baking tin with greaseproof paper or baking parchment.

Whisk the butter, caster sugar, vanilla and egg yolk together in a large bowl until pale.

Stir in the flour with a pinch of salt using a wooden spoon then your hands to combine everything together into a crumbly dough.

Press half into the base of the tin evenly and smooth down the top.

Spread the jam over, leaving a 1cm empty border all around the edges.

Crumble over the remaining mixture, then pat down, being careful not to disturb too much of the jam. It will look a bit patchy but that is fine.

Bake for 35 minutes until pale golden and leave to cool in the tin.

Once cool, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and stir in 100ml of water with a little food colouring to a thick but runny icing and when you have achieved the preferred colour pour everything over the traybake and tilt the tin to evenly spread.

Dot over a little more food colouring, then use a skewer or toothpick to swirl and marble the top.

Leave to set overnight until the icing is hard then cut into bars. 

Makes 24

Preparation Time
40 minutes

Cooking Time
25 minutes

Main ingredients
Dairy, Flour, Fruit, Eggs, Sugar

Recipe Type
Party Food, Cakes & Baking, Batch Cooking

Level of Difficulty

You could bake it in a loaf tin shape (as seen in the photo) and increase the cooking time from 25 minutes to 35-40 minutes.

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