A lovely man called Rhys, who follows me on Twitter, told me last week that he made this recipe for a woman he was courting in a bid to try to impress her, and reader, she married him! I was tempted to ask if they had it for their wedding cake… I’ve made it with a tin of fruit cocktail in place of the peaches before – a riot of colour and an inevitable scramble for the piece with the cherry in – but i’m yet to make it for Mrs J!
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Drain the peaches and chop into chunks – fine chunks will ensure a subtle distribution of fruit throughout the traybake, but larger chunks give a delightful sweet, juicy bite. Add to the mixing bowl and stir through.
Using a sharp knife, chop the chocolate into small chunks – or you can put it in a freezer bag and bash it into chunks with a rolling pin – and fold into the mixture. Add the flour, and bicarbonate of soda or baking powder, if using, and mix well to combine into a soft, sweet-smelling batter.
Pour the batter into the tin and bake in the centre of the preheated oven for around 45 minutes – depending on the size of your tin. A shallow tin will cook faster, whereas a deeper tin will take its time. To check, insert a sharp knife into the centre of the cake. If the knife comes out clean, the traybake is ready.
Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out and chopping into squares.