My Malteser traybake is a super easy no-bake recipe, with finely crumbed biscuits smothered in melted chocolate and crunchy Maltesers scattered throughout. Its a chocolate lover’s dream, and you can prepare it in just 20 minutes.
My entire family love my Malteser traybake, and especially my son who had it as his birthday cake this year.
This is a fuss free indulgent treat that requires only 5 ingredients. You don’t even need an oven!
Why you’ll love Malteser traybake
- It requires zero effort but tastes absolutely delicious
- It does not require any baking
- Only 5 ingredients are needed
- It is ideal for making ahead of time as it needs time to set in the fridge
- It contains no egg and no nuts, so its a great choice for catering to allergies or birthday parties.
Ingredients for Malteser traybake
- Digestive biscuits – I use McVities Digestives, but any plain biscuit would work well. You could also try malted milk biscuits or shortcake too. Most of the biscuits will be ground to a fine crumb but we will keep some larger pieces for added texture. If you are baking these for someone with an egg allergy, the majority of plain biscuits are egg free (but cookies often contain egg)
- Maltesers – Maltesers are the star ingredient of this recipe. They go into the main mixture and are scattered on top too. Maltesers have a wonderful light and crunchy texture, but you could actually use any chocolate biscuit that you have in the cupboard. Mini eggs or Crunchy bars would also work really well in this.
- Good quality chocolate – Use a good quality chocolate because there is a lot of chocolate in this recipe! It holds everything together and the taste of the chocolate really comes through. I usually use cooking chocolate for the mixture, because I find that it melts very well, and a layer Lindt milk chocolate on the top because the taste is lovely and rich
- Unsalted butter – I always use unsalted butter in baking so that there is no salt overpowering the taste
- Golden syrup – Golden syrup is a British classic, and it helps to make the mixture sticky and bind together the biscuits and Maltesers. If you are in the US, you can use a combination of light corn syrup and molasses to get a similar taste and texture.
I like to sprinkle a little sea salt over the top too, but this is optional.
These ingredients melt together to create a deliciously chocolatey traybake with a range of textures, from crunchy maltesers to soft chocolate covered digestive pieces.
How to make Malteser traybake – Step by Step Method
- Crush the biscuits until you have mainly fine crumbs with some larger pieces, and transfer to a bowl
- Add three quarters of the Maltesers to the bowl
- Melt two thirds of the chocolate together with all the butter and golden syrup
- Stir the melted chocolate mixture into the dry biscuit mix
- Transfer to a lined tin, and press down well
- Melt the remaining chocolate, pour on top of the mixture, and top with the remainder of the Maltesers.
Use cooking chocolate for the mixture, and melt it very slowly in a large bowl, over a pan of gently simmering water, ensuring the bowl does not touch the water. Stir constantly, and remove the bowl once the chocolate is glossy and smooth. This will ensure the chocolate doesn’t overheat and become lumpy and unusable.
For me, Cadbury milk chocolate tastes great in this recipe, however it does tend to seize up when melted with the butter and golden syrup. For that reason, I suggest using cooking chocolate, which melts perfectly.
Is this Malteser traybake egg free?
Yes, this tray bake can be enjoyed by anyone following an egg free diet.
What are Maltesers?
Maltesers are a very popular British chocolate. They are iconic, and are sold in small red packets in every corner shop or supermarket in the UK. Maltesers themselves are small honeycomb spheres covered in milk chocolate. They’re quite light which makes them easy to eat and super addictive. In the US, Whoppers are the closest alternative if you can’t get hold of Maltesers.
What is a traybake?
Traybakes are simple flat desserts, such as brownies and bars, which are cut into slices or squares. Some people know this recipe as Maltesers tiffin.
These squares will keep well for up to 3 days in an air tight container at room temperature.
I have also frozen these squares before, in a zip lock bag. Just bring them back up to room temperature before serving.
I do think this dessert will get devoured instantly once your friends and family have tasted it!