Teaparties and Traybakes

Cakes Cake CakesI was extremely lucky to be invited along to a Contact the Elderly Tea Party the other week. These are monthly tea parties held for isolated older people all run by volunteers.  They are held across Scotland but I went along to the Dunfermline Branch.

It was lovely. Held in one of the volunteer’s houses, we had a quick quiz on Scottish songs (I clearly need to brush up) and then we had lunch, which included some amazing cakes. They were a right chatty bunch and I can see why they are such a success.

The current Dunfermline Group is full but the organiser Marion said that there is definitely capacity for a second group in the area. If it sounds like something you might like to get involved in check out their website www.-contact-the-eldery.org.uk Thank you to the Dunfermline Group for having me.

My new favourite place to go in Dunfermline is the Fire Station Creative! We popped in the other day after doing a quick shop. I really liked it. We had pancakes with blueberries, not quite baking I suppose, but yummy nonetheless. They did however have a whole selection of amazing cakes and brownies all made by their chef. I think it’s a really great use for the building; hopefully it will be a success.

A few friends have asked for recipes that are easy to make with children. I think that tray bakes are ideal as most of them are mainly mixing. A favourite of mine is a malteaser slice!


100g Butter

200g milk chocolate

3 tbsp golden syrup

225g malteasers

225g of digestive biscuits

(Plus 100g chocolate to melt on the top)


  1. Melt together the butter, chocolate and syrup (if making with children then the adult would do this part).
  2. Bash up your biscuits into a fine crumb  and add to your chocolate syrup mixture with 200gs of the malteasers.
  3. Mix together quickly then pour into a lined tin, you might need to push this down with a spoon.
  4. Melt the remaining chocolate and then smoother the top of the malteaser slice. Then decorate the top with the remaining malteasers. (If you wanted to make it really special you could also drizzle some white chocolate over the top of this)
  5. Pop into the fridge to chill until set.

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