Before I begin to explain why this is truly the easiest, tastiest, no mess cake, there are a few things you should know about me which will better explain that the title to this recipe/article is no lie.
First point to note: I am not a baker. So, I am always looking for an easy recipe with the most basic of ingredients that I have at home. A cake recipe that is quick, easy, no mess and tasty that I can do with the kids with a minimum of stress.
Second point to note: since having kids, I enjoy baking. I am often seen madly trolling through the internet for that ultimate easy recipe to bake which will be a success. I like the process of baking.
Third point to note: my daughters love to bake with me... to a point. If you sort-of bake, like me, with your kids, then you will also be familiar with the feeling that when you do cook with them, you are racing against your child's threshold clock: this is the moment your child gets over the baking, gets into the licking and leaves you with the mess. I think they only bake with me so they can lick the spoon or beaters.
Does all this sound familiar to you?
Well, I think I have the recipe for you. This cake will deliver on my promises.
It has simple ingredients. If you bake a little, like me, you may probably already have these ingredients in your pantry without first having to go shopping.
It's easy! Oh so easy! And there is no mess. All it requires is a food processor.
Finally, the dough part of it is quick. There is a little intermission, where you need to freeze some of the dough but other than that it is very quick to make. So you're child's threshold won't be reached before the cake making is over.
And it is Dee-Lish! Once baked it is nice and easy to cut into snack size squares that the kids love and it lasts well in an air-tight container.
bit sized squares
I am prepared to say I guarantee satisfaction. Although not sure how I could guarantee it for you. So instead of a guarantee let's tone it down and just say.... you won't disagree.
Now, it's my grandmother's recipe. So I am letting you into an Eastern European treat! But if you take the time to read my articles, I figure you must be special enough to be let into a family recipe.
I call it mum's tasty crumble cake. But it has no name (none that my grandmother knew). So you can call it what you want, especially when you realise you will be making this again.
Ok. I hear you. Enough with the introduction. What's the recipe. It's this:
1. Grease and line a 33cm x 23cm (or thereabouts) baking tin
2. Get out your food processor. Measure out and get your kids to toss the following into the processor (in whatever order):
a. 375g plain flour;
b. 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar;
c. 2 teaspoons baking powder;
d. 200g unsalted butter, at room temp (I just shove it in a microwave for 30 seconds or so on low temp)
e. 2 eggs;
f. 1/2 cup of sugar (preferably, white sugar).
Whizz away till it forms a soft dough. I wait till the ingredients come off the side of the processor bowl as a good indication.
3. Cut the dough into three equal portions. One portion goes into the freezer for about 1.5 hours or more (I never end up waiting that long). The other 2 portions come together. Wrap them in glad wrap whilst you're waiting for the other third to freeze. When the freezing time is almost over, take the 2/3rd portion out of the glad wrap and roll it out to fit the base of the tray (or use fingers or both).
4. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
5. Add a filling. It can be anything. I use plum jam or a berry jam (around 1 cup). Straight from the jar and spread it over the base. You could also use morello cherries, strawberry jam, apricot jam, or even nutella. Get creative. I sometimes even let the girls tell me what the filling should be. Their imagination can be quite inspiring, off-beat, but inspiring!
6. Take out that 1/3rd portion of dough from the freezer and using the coarse side of the grater, grate the frozen dough over the filling.
7. Place into oven for 20-25 mins or until golden on top.
8. Once ready, sprinkle with icing sugar and when cool cut into squares and if you like, serve with a scoop of ice-cream. I serve it to the kids just as a snack. Bon appetit!
The only dirty thing in your house after this baking episode should be the food processor. Not even the floor can get dirty.
what happens if you leave the tray out
So there you have it. I would love your feedback. What fillings have you embraced? Do you agree with me that it is the easiest, no mess, tastiest cake ever? How did the baking experience with your kids go? Did they reach their threshold?
Like I said, I am not a baker. I will not be providing a plethora of recipes. I just wanted to share with you my family treat.