Fresh Cherry Macaroon Squares

Author: Canadian Living

Perfect by themselves or as dessert with a scoop of ice cream, these are best the day they are made.

  • Portion size 24 servings
  • Credits : © CanadianLiving.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Topping:
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups pitted tart cherries

Method

Grease sides of 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan; set aside. In bowl, beat butter with orange rind until creamy. Stir in sugar, then almonds; gradually blend in flour, using fingertips when mixture becomes stiff. Press evenly into prepared pan. Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned and firm to the touch. Let cool on rack.

Topping: Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the sugar, 1/3 cup (75 mL) of the flour and butter; mix in sliced almonds. Set aside.

In separate bowl, beat eggs with remaining sugar for about 5 minutes or until thickened and pale; stir in orange rind. Combine remaining flour, ground almonds and baking powder; stir into egg mixture.

Arrange cherries evenly over base; spread egg mixture over top. Sprinkle with almond mixture. Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until puffed and golden. Run knife around edges; let cool in pan on rack. Cut into squares.

Nutritional facts <b>Per square:</b> about

  • Sodium 73 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 192.0
  • Total fat 9 g
  • Cholesterol 33 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 25 g

%RDI

  • Iron 7.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 3.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 3.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 8.0
  • Vitamin C 3.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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