Book Review: Seasonal Baking

As many of you know, I am a big advocate in my cooking and eating of three mantras:

Keep it simple

Keep it local

Keep it seasonal

So when a suggestion of a cookbook called Seasonal Baking popped up in my suggestions, I jumped at it.

White Chocolate Berry Traybake
Seasonal Baking by Fiona Cairns

I don’t have any other of this lady’s books.  But had a little gander at her website, which unfortunately she doesn’t keep up to date.  But she’s probably too busy making cakes! Being in the business of making cakes for over 25 years, I think she probably could be classed as an expert.

I decided to be a little unseasonal (!) and make the white chocolate traybake, as I rarely use white chocolate, and I had some of our own berries in the fridge.
White Chocolate Berry Traybake

White Chocolate is a temperamental ingredient and it needs to be handled with care.  It’s not chocolate in the strict sense as it doesn’t contain cocoa solids.  It is difficult to melt, so for this recipe you really have to be organised and melt it very very slowly.  but it’s worth it, I promise.


White Chocolate Berry Traybake
Melting the white chocolate

The fruit element is also very important, I have used fresh (bought) berries, but frozen work just aswell.

Seasonal Baking
Raspberries and Blueberries

Seasonal Baking – Very Berry White Chocolate Traybake


225g butter

225g self raising flour

225g Caster Sugar

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

Zest of one Lemon

4 eggs

200g White Chocolate

250g berries (mix of blueberries and raspberries)


Melt half of the white chocolate slowly over a saucepan of hot water.  Meanwhile cream the sugar and softened butter well, add the flour, eggs, zest and baking powder and mix thoroughly.  This is best done in the mixer, and beat the hell out of it.

Mix in the other 100g of white chocolate and then gently stir in the berries.

Bake at 170oC in a traybake tin for about 20 minutes.  Leave to cool in the tin then maybe drizzle some extra melted white chocolate over it- to e sure to be sure!

Seasonal Baking- Very Berry White Chocolate Traybake
Seasonal Baking- Very Berry White Chocolate Traybake


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