Liam Charles’ apricot blueberry pecan slabs

These apricot blueberry pecan slabs were one of the first things I baked, successfully anyway, so it had to go in the book!

Haarala Hamilton

MAKES A 21CM X 30 CM TRAY

FOR THE YOGHURT
3 tbsp maple syrup
150g vanilla yoghurt

FOR THE CRUMBLE
50g unsalted butter, softened
6 heaped tbsp self-raising flour
3 tbsp demerara sugar
2½ tsp ground cinnamon
70g pecans, crushed

FOR THE TRAYBAKE
200g unsalted butter, softened
115g golden caster sugar
110g light brown sugar
3 large eggs
45ml whole milk
225g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder

FOR THE TOP
350g apricots, skinned, halved and stoned (or 1 x 410g tin apricots, drained)
300g blueberries

PREHEAT YOUR OVEN to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and line a 21cm x 30cm traybake tin with baking paper.

YOGHURT & CRUMBLE Mix your maple syrup and yoghurt together in a small bowl. Place all the ingredients for the crumble, except the pecans, in a large bowl and rub together until it becomes like breadcrumbs. Toss in the pecans and mix.

TRAYBAKE Cream your butter and sugars together in a large bowl, using a hand-held or freestanding mixer, until light and fluffy. Crack the eggs into a medium bowl and add the milk. Whisk lightly then add to the butter mixture and mix well. Sift your flour and baking powder into a separate bowl, turn the speed down very low on your mixer, then add the flour to the traybake mixture, until creamy. Spoon the mixture into the tin, level the top and bake for 30 minutes.

TRAYBAKE TAKE TWO Remove your traybake from the oven and, moving quickly, spoon the maple yoghurt over the top, then scatter over your fruit and finish off with your crumble. Pop the traybake back in the oven for another 20 minutes, until a skewer inserted at the centre comes out clean.

NOW YOU CAN drench this cake in custard or double cream. It’s the only way. Enjoy!

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