Raisin Squares

Author: Canadian Living

The mother of Darlene Schmidt of Edmonton received this recipe from an aunt in the 1930s. Her mum changed the base and the squares have been a family favourite ever since.

  • Portion size 48 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2007

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cubed
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Filling:
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Topping:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Method

In bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until size of peas. In small bowl, whisk together egg, milk and vanilla; pour over flour mixture and stir to combine. With floured hands, press into parchment paper–lined or greased 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan. Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven for about 10 minutes or until golden. Let cool on rack.

Filling: In small saucepan, bring raisins, 1 cup (250 mL) water and sugar to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. In small bowl, whisk together cornstarch, 2 tsp (10 mL) water and lemon juice; stir into raisins and simmer until thickened, about 1 minute. Add butter and vanilla. Let cool for 15 minutes.

Topping: Meanwhile, in bowl, combine flour with sugar. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until size of peas. Remove 1/2 cup (125 mL) and set aside. Add baking powder, egg, milk and vanilla to remaining crumbs, mixing well. Spread over filling; sprinkle with reserved crumbs.

Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven for about 35 minutes or until golden. Let cool on rack. Cut into 48 squares. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate layered between waxed paper in airtight container for up to 5 days.)

Nutritional facts Per square: about

  • Sodium 73 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 96.0
  • Total fat 4 g
  • Cholesterol 19 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 14 g

%RDI

  • Iron 3.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 6.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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