Cherry, choc & coconut tray bake

Cherry, choc & coconut tray bake

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Makes 16 slices
Keep these five ingredients in your storecupboard so you can whip up a tasty traybake when friends drop by unexpectedly

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal187
  • fat13g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre2g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.07g
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  • 200g desiccated coconut
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten



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  • 200g bar white chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 85g glacé cherries, halved


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a 20 x 30cm baking tray with baking parchment. In a large bowl, mix the desiccated coconut, sugar, eggs, white chocolate and glacé cherries until combined. Cook for 20 mins until golden brown and set, then cool in the tin before slicing into bars.

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Comments (43)

bagpuddycat's picture

I used exactly the ingredients as given and they are perfect. Desiccated coconut can vary in dryness though and of course eggs can vary in size so it's not surprising some people have problems while others don't. If it helps anyone, I used Crazy Jack's organic coconut (no additives) from Ocado and 2 large free range eggs. No crumbling, hold together perfectly and taste great.'s picture

I just made this and it's so easy and delicious! I must say I found it crumbly after 2 eggs too so added in another half of an egg (after beating) and it's perfect!

Mary_Berry's picture

Such an easy recipe that you don't need to put a lot of effort into to get a lot out. Doubled ingredients and added an extra 2 eggs as I saw previous comments about it being crumbly. Came out a great texture and held together nicely. Took to a bake sale and not a drop was left.

kneelbeforezod's picture

As per others' suggestions here, I used two eggs, and deleted the chocolate, adding a tablespoon of golden syrup instead to add sweetness and moisture. Perfect - and very moreish!

Frances Claire's picture

Easy and Tasty! Instead of 200g of white chocolate, I used 180g of dark chocolate and slightly more sugar and it turned out great.

gerard1985's picture

Very easy - essentially just mix in a bowl and off you go! Very delicious; however (and this was probably just me) but mine came out very crumbly, and not like the photo implies. I would suggest another egg.

idinnis's picture

Where have I gone wrong? I followed the recipe carefully and weighed the ingredients. However, the mix looked very dry, and after baking it remained dry and had not come together. Really only 2 eggs ?

KochinVeronica's picture

The amount of chocolate is waayy waay too high. I have used 200 g dark chocolate (85% cocoa mass) and even so they turned out far too sweert, overpowering the coconut & cherry (fresh ones) aroma. Next time I will use maximum 100g, perhaps even less chocolate.

lady_wayfarer's picture

Probably the easiest thing I've made! Super simple, really quick and delicious.

dwatson27's picture

Made this for a treat for work colleagues as I'm tired of making flapjacks, brownies and rocky road. Went down very well! Will be making it again. Very easy recipe.

claireabella87's picture

So easy and so tasty. Always a big hit at home.

dalekdoctor's picture

This is lovely and so easy. I was a bit worried with the mixing as it didn't look promising but it held together really well. Also made it using dried pineapple and white chocolate which was very good too.

talltone's picture

Super-easy and delicious. Gluten-free, too!

Bar buzzard's picture

I meant freeze!

Bar buzzard's picture

Does anyone know if you can geeez this?

CarolSM's picture

After having a really busy weekend, I suddenly remembered I had promised to bake something for a charity cake sale at work tomorrow, and these have totally saved the day!!! I have just made two trays of these lovelies - one using white chocolate, and one with dark. I also ran out of coconut, so ground up some walnuts to make up the measurements. They are delicious and I will certainly recommend them and make them again in the future. Such very simple, but lovely ingredients, and really took next to no time to make. I am sure they will sell well tomorrow!

Annie B's picture

Made this again as so yummy. Did not have the full amount of glace cherries in the cupboard, so topped up with mixed peel left over from Christmas cake. A lovely addition to an easy recipe.

Annie B's picture

Tried this for the first time today as had visitors and wanted something quick and easy. Used white and milk chocolate and it is delicious. Will definitely be a favourite from now on. Highly recommended.

arty_mick's picture

turned out grand first time, second time we scooped it out the tray hot and served with a creamy vanilla ice cream and a dash of rum for adults and it was sublime truly gorgeous

vix1978's picture

On the recommendation of others I replaced the white chocolate for dark and they have gone down a storm. Really easy, delicious bake.


Questions (2)

Arthington's picture

Can you tell me if this recipe is gluten free?

kneelbeforezod's picture

If you use gluten-free flour, yes!

Tips (3)'s picture

I used 2 and a half eggs instead of 2 and it's prefect!

jaffa_kate's picture

I altered mine to:
100g good quality v dark choc
50g demerara sugar
3 eggs
I also followed the other tip of cutting them in squares straight out of the oven.
Came out perfectly - not too sweet. i know double of amount of white choc, and more sugar would have been too much for me.

Hazo's picture

Cut in to squares whilst still hot. This avoids the crumbling mentioned by others. Found this way much preferable and achieved nice even pieces.