Andy Murray mint slice
Yeah, yeah, I know, lousy title but there are so many really lovely strawberry and cream cakes out there in honour of the tennis at Queens Club and Wimbledon that I had to do something different.
What was I going to make to eat whilst watching tennis in the coming weeks and hopefully on Finals day itself if Andy gets through? We have a little joke in our house that says Andy remains British until he loses at which point he reverts back to being Scottish again. I thought I’d pay homage to these roots by using an oatmeal based biscuit as the first layer in a tray-bake. Chocolate always tops off these oatycakes nicely but what to put in the middle. Didn’t think that strawberries or cream would work here. I do still have some freeze dried strawberries in the cupboard and for a minute I was about to pour them into the oatycake mixture.
Then I released my inner schoolgirl.
Of course, Andy Murray, murray mint – I had to use a mint fondant filling. Puerile I know but hopefully it made you smile too.
For the biscuit base i used my chocolate Oatycakes recipe. Make the biscuit but don’t then top the mixture with the orange and chocolate icing. Use this instead.
Mint fondant filling and chocolate topping
2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp mint extract
2 tbsp milk
1 200g bar of dark chocolate
Allow the oatycakes to cool in the baking tray. In a large saucepan melt 30g of butter. Stir in 1 tsp of mint extract and 2 tbsp of milk. Beat in 2 cups of icing sugar. You can colour this green if you want to but I don’t bother. Whilst still warm spread the fondant over the baked base and cool again.
Melt the chocolate in a pyres bowl either over a pan of hot water or in the microwave. Smear over the fondant and put somewhere chilly to cool.
Cut into small squares and serve with a cup of tea.
New balls please!
I am going to enter this into the Tea time treats summer fair bakes challenge hosted this month by lavender and lovage. Last month’s magnificent round up of berries baking can be found here hosted by What Kate Baked
Given that Andy Murray and his brother Jamie are competing for Team GB in the doubles at tennis I think these may also qualify for this month’s calendar cakes challenge too. July has an Olympic theme. Hosted by Laura at Lauralovescakes and Rachel at Dollybakes this new baking challenge uses the wonderful premise that there must be something new to bake for and celebrate every month! Thank you for hosting.
I have also joined up these Andy Murray mint slices to the “Sporting snacks” link up at Ren Behan’s fantastic blog Fabulicious food. I’m also entering my Olympic torch cupcakes to this Blog event as well.