Peach Melba squares

Peach Melba squares

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(62 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr

Easy

Serves 12
This traybake can be mixed together in no time and is simple to slice and transport

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal385
  • fat23g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars31g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.22g
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Ingredients

  • 250g pack unsalted butter
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  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large egg
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  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 50g ground almonds
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  • 2 just-ripe peaches, stoned, halved, then each half cut into 3
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  • 100g raspberries
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    A member of the rose family, raspberries have a wonderfully intense, sweet taste, and many…

  • handful flaked almonds
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  • 1 tbsp icing sugar, to finish

Method

  1. Butter and line a traybake or small roasting tin, about 20 x 30cm. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Gently melt the butter in a large saucepan, cool for 5 mins, add the sugar, vanilla and eggs, then beat until smooth with a wooden spoon. Stir in the flour, almonds and ¼ tsp salt.

  2. Tip the mix into the tin, then lay the peach slices evenly on top – that way each square of cake will have a bite of fruit. Scatter the raspberries and almonds over, then bake for 1 hr-1 hr 10 mins, covering with foil after 40 mins. Test with a skewer: the middle should have just a tiny hint of squidginess, which will firm up once the cake cools. Cool in the tin for 20 mins, then lift out onto a cooling rack. Once cold, dredge with icing sugar, then cut into squares.

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bigrob90
30th May, 2016
5.05
Made this 2 days ago, everybody loved it, including me. Just took another one out of the oven. Great recipe.
cookpauline
10th Nov, 2015
5.05
Made two of these for a Coffee morning and they disappeared so quickly! Easy and delicious ! When I next make them I will use apricot halves and try other combinations. ❤️
milesofsmiles
23rd Aug, 2015
5.05
Fantastic recipe! Doubled the quantity & made two - one with peaches and raspberries and one with nectarines and raspberries. I added 150g of raspberries to each one and next time I will reduce the sugar by 50/75g as it is quite sweet but nevertheless yummy! I'm going to make a white chocolate and raspberry one as I think that'd be fab. Sooooo easy. Top marks!
Basiliki
18th Mar, 2015
Absolutely amazing cake. Quick and easy. Definite will make it again!
laonie
16th Mar, 2015
5.05
Great recipe. After reading the various comments I used 3 medium sized fresh peaches (peeled), cut the sugar back to 250g and upgraded to a whole punnet of fresh raspberries. I also added 1/2 teaspoon of almond essence. Someone commented that the sides of their slice rose so much that all the fruit slid into the middle. I thought this had happened to me too but it turned out the fruit was still there, buried under the puffy edges. It all settled down as it cooled. I think it probably needed another 5 mins in the oven but I took it to a BBQ and literally every person who tried it asked for the recipe so obviously it didn't matter!
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Tiffany1983
21st Feb, 2015
5.05
This is a definite crowd pleaser! I made a batch for our NCT ante natal class and all the other mummies and daddies to be loved it! Very tasty :) I used fresh raspberries and tinned peaches. The tray I used was a bit bigger than what was recommended, however this meant I could cut it into more squares. I didn't use flaked almonds as not keen on the texture but did use the ground almonds. If I make it again I'd probably add in some more raspberries (a whole 150g tub). This recipe could be easily adapted for other fruits too :)
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shilpatij
21st Nov, 2014
5.05
I made this for my Art Club and there wasn't a piece left! I used tinned peaches and ground the almonds myself and the result was delicious. Will have to make this again - soon!
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talltone
25th Oct, 2014
3.8
Like others, I used tinned peaches and frozen raspberries and it turned out very well.
magicmushroom
26th Sep, 2014
5.05
Beautiful - made this for a bake off at work today and although it didn't win a few people have asked for the recipe and all slices were sold in minutes. It looked exactly like the picture and was so moist, it really was delicious. The only little issue I had when making it was when it was cooking, after about 15 minutes it had risen so much that the sides all puffed up, causing the raspberries and almonds to cascade into the middle. I used the exact recipe, no tweaks (apart from tinned peaches), and the tray was the specified size. I panicked a bit, took it out the oven and added more raspberries and almonds all around the edges to kind of 'weigh' it down. I also covered it with foil sooner than the recipe asks to also stop it rising anymore. This worked fine and when it was done (exactly 1 hour 10 mins in total) it all sank down to the same height and looked perfect. Next time I will add some almond essence as recommended by others here as I didn't think the almond taste was there at all (not that it took away from it). Also the peach flavour wasn't strong, I think their purpose is more for the lovely sticky, moistness - a real winner and this would be gorgeous served warm with some custard. Yum!
cook222
14th Jul, 2014
5.05
Delicious, moist and incredibly easy! Can't wait to make again!

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Hollybo
2nd Aug, 2013
Can tinned peaches be used ?
marv101
18th Aug, 2013
5.05
Yeah I used them - no problem
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