Cherry, choc & coconut tray bake

Cherry, choc & coconut tray bake

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(60 ratings)

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
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  • 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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16th Jul, 2020
Delicious , I took advice of others and used 4 eggs . Left it in tin on wire rack to cool then turned it onto chopping board and had no problem with crumbling . Thank you for sharing .
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4th May, 2020
Turned out great, mixture is relatively dry so we added egg whites (equiv of one egg), and that seemed to do the trick!
15th Oct, 2019
Have been making this for a few years, especially for bake sales. It’s very popular. I’ve only just noticed the comments by other readers and will try out a few. The only tip I would give is to cover the entire tin, bottom and sides, with baking parchment as the mixture tends to stick to the sides even if the tin is non-stick.
13th Aug, 2019
These tasted okay, although they are a bit too sweet for my taste, so I think dark chocolate would work better in place of white chocolate (or pineapple and rum in place of cherries to make them pina colada flavoured). They didn't cut into neat squares well at all, so they ended up looking quite messy. Perhaps they would look tidier if an ice cream scoop was used to make individual mounds (like a traditional coconut macaroon), so they no longer need to be cut?
6th Mar, 2019
Always a hit! Super simple and an all time favourite among family and friends. Each and every person is asking for recipe. Can't recommend enough. As per other comments I always add half of extra egg to add more moisture. I like to add 100g of cranberries for extra flavour too.
10th Feb, 2019
What a useful recipe. Changed slightly to use the leftover bits in packets of coconut, ground almonds,cherries, oats and chocolate drops. Added slightly less sugar a hint of almond essence. Turned out a treat. Just right for a weeks work of lunchboxes.
18th Nov, 2018
This was good with 3 eggs, but would be better with 4. Very very good overall though. Perhaps the recipe should be changed to 4 eggs!
Mama Caoimhe
21st Apr, 2017
I have never in my 32yrs in life baked anything. I woke up last weekend and I felt like baking. I immediately went online to find easy foods to bake but most of the websites were rubbish and found BBC Good Food the easiest, clearest and straightforward to follow. I went to my beloved Tesco to get all the ingredients and followed the exact instructions. I was a bit nervous but excited at the same time but the end result was wow! I was very proud of myself and had to video everything as proof because my family won't believe me as they know am more of a cleaner than a cook. They were all very impressed and am going to get ingredients today for my second attempt at baking...muffins (I love and eat them often). I'm excited to see if I can do justice to my favourite snack, I'll update but pray for me :)
25th Nov, 2016
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.
11th Aug, 2016
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!


29th Nov, 2013
Can you tell me if this recipe is gluten free?
7th Mar, 2016
If you use gluten-free flour, yes!
Mama Caoimhe
21st Apr, 2017
...but no flour involved in the recipe
11th Aug, 2016
I used 2 and a half eggs instead of 2 and it's prefect!
29th Nov, 2015
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. Delicious!
21st Oct, 2013
Cut in to squares whilst still hot. This avoids the crumbling mentioned by others. Found this way much preferable and achieved nice even pieces.
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