Saturday, July 5, 2008

Raspberry Squares

Raspberry Squares

I think I prefer these Raspberry Squares to my usual Oatmeal Coconut Raspberry Bars. They're easy to make (the recipe is essentially a large batch of streusel), they slice neatly, and their crispy-yet-chewy texture is fantastic.

I was impatient to eat them. Consequently, all of the photos turned out slightly unfocused. Don't let that deter you from trying the recipe. These cookies would nicely complement some assorted petit fours or tea time sweets. I like to cut them into small 1-1.5 inch squares.

Raspberry Squares
from Cook's Illustrated

1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (7.5 ounces)
1 1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup granulated sugar (2.3 ounces)
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or almonds, or a combination (I used walnuts)
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), cut into 12 pieces and softened by still cool
1 cup rasberry preserves

1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9-inch-square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Fold two 16-inch pieces of foil lengthwise to measure 8 inches wide. Fit one sheet in bottom of greased pan, pushing it into corners and up sides of pan (overhang will help in removal of baked squares). Fit second sheet in pan in same manner, perpendicular to first sheet. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In bowl of standing mixer, mix flour, oats, sugars, baking soda, salt, and nuts at low speed until combined, about 30 seconds. With mixer running at low speed, add butter pieces; continue to beat until mixture is well-blended and resembles wet sand, about 2 minutes.

3. Transfer 2/3 of mixture to prepared pan and use hands to press crumbs evenly into bottom. Bake until starting to brown, about 20 minutes. Using rubber spatula, spread preserves evenly over hot bottom crust; sprinkle remaining oat/nut mixture evenly over preserves. Bake until preserves bubble around edges and top is golden brown, about 30 minutes, rotating pan from front to back halfway through baking time. Cool on wire rack to room temperature, about 1½ hours, then remove from pan using foil handles. Cut into 1¼- to 1½-inch squares and serve.


libraridan said...

The did cut so nicely! The Food Network was trying to tell me that I need as special saw to cut my food this morning. Thanks for provin' 'em wrong, L.

Can't wait to make these.

thewindhover said...

How delightful... I must try making them.I am so glad I stumbled across your lovely blog (pure chance and serendipity I assure you) - it is a feast for the eyes.

Patricia Scarpin said...

They look delectable!

Aimee said...

I just came across your blog from a link on Baking Bites. I'm a fellow pittsburgher. Your food looks beautiful! I can't wait to try the Vegetarian Hash.

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

The raspberry squares look delicious! I must try making some soon now that it's raspberry season. Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

Do they keep well if made a day before you want to serve them?

Pittsburgh Needs Eated said...

Hi Mary- I think these are best the day they are made. If it isn't too humid, though, one day in a container shouldn't hurt. You could also freeze and defrost.