Easy raspberry and almond squares recipe

25 Jul

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It is so cold in Sydney at the moment that I’m spending most of my time in the kitchen baking. Standing in front of a lovely warm oven is the best way to while a way a bit of time. The downside is I’m burning through flour, milk, eggs and butter at a rate of knots! Oh well…
Recently I flicked through some of my so-huge-it-needs-to-be-culled cookbook collection and landed on a recipe from The Australian Women’s Weekly book, The Baking Collection. This marvellous book is, as they say in certain circles, all thriller – no filler. Page after page of tempting bakes to make and I could think of no happier way to spend a day than creating some of these treats.
I chose the recipe for raspberry and walnut slice, though I used ground almonds instead of ground walnuts. I think any ground nut [or nut meal] would work here so feel free to experiment. The recipe called for ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon but I am such a lover of this scented spice that I just freehanded a massive amount.

 

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GATHER:
150g butter, diced and softened
2/3 cup icing sugar
1 ¾ cup plain flour
at least one teaspoon ground cinnamon [more if you prefer]
½ cup ground almonds
300g frozen raspberries

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LET’S GET TO IT:
Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a 20cm x 30cm rectangular slice pan.
In bowl of electric mixer beat butter and icing sugar until pale [you may need to scrape down sides of bowl a few times]
Stir in sifted flour, cinnamon and nut meal until mixture is crumble [do not over-mix].
Set aside one cup of crumble mix, then place the rest of the crumble mix in the pan and use the base of a glass to firmly pat down. Sprinkle over raspberries, then sprinkle over remaining mix.
Bake for around 20 minutes or until golden.
Inhale – the smell is amazing.
Allow to cool in tin before slicing into squares.

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36 Responses to “Easy raspberry and almond squares recipe”

  1. tinywhitecottage July 25, 2014 at 2:40 am #

    These are lovely raspberry squares. Also sounds like the perfect thing to do during a cold spell. :)

    • thehungrymum October 16, 2014 at 5:56 am #

      thanks :) I really should make them again – so easy & so yummy. The weather is hotter here now so baking will soon be much more of a chore…

  2. nancyc July 25, 2014 at 2:42 am #

    Raspberry and almond is such a great flavor combination!

  3. Liz July 25, 2014 at 3:44 am #

    that looks amazing! Great flavor pairing. And I can almost feel that crumble melt in my mouth. Loving the phrase “all thriller, no filler.” Perfect :-)

  4. Traditionally Modern Food July 25, 2014 at 4:15 am #

    Eggless recipe and its yummy. Bookmarking it will try soon:-)

    • thehungrymum July 25, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

      Oh yes – I should tag it as egg-free. Thanks for heads-up :)

  5. Traditionally Modern Food July 25, 2014 at 4:16 am #

    Can I use fresh raspberry instead of frozen?

    • thehungrymum July 25, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

      I can’t see why not – give it a go & let me know how it works out for you :)

  6. ChgoJohn July 25, 2014 at 4:38 am #

    Aren’t squares the best? These look especially good and are a great way to warm up the kitchen on a chilly day.

  7. ladyredspecs July 25, 2014 at 6:05 am #

    Yum, I have a similar recipe on my blog, it’s a big favourite in this house…

    • thehungrymum July 25, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

      Great minds :) I reckon this will be on high rotation as it is so easy & so delish.

  8. Culinary Flavors July 25, 2014 at 7:10 am #

    Very fluffy and the raspberries add a great flavor! Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All posts get pinned on our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on culinaryflavors.gr! I hope to see you there!

  9. Chitra Jagadish July 25, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    They look amazing with raspberry and almond combo. …

  10. bec {daisy and the fox} July 26, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    i loooove The Australian Women’s Weekly recipes!
    all recipes are so mouth watering :)
    and i couldn’t agree more – there’s nothing better than baking when it’s freezing outside! so comforting!
    those bars look delicious and totally addictive :D

    • thehungrymum July 28, 2014 at 2:39 am #

      Isn’t it good when a recipe works?! So frustrating when you put all the energy in & it flops – have NEVER had this happen with AWW. And I wish winter would last a bit longer – baking in summer isn’t fun :)

  11. Kate Vista July 27, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    It has been so cold! I love the Women’s Weekly, it reminds me of lazy Sundays with my mum. Thank you for sharing Kxx http://katevista.com

    • thehungrymum July 28, 2014 at 2:36 am #

      The AWW is part of every Australian’s genetic make-up in a way :) Thanks for stopping by. Your blog is *stunning* – such gorgeous photos.

  12. Shanshan Lam (@food_religion) July 27, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    aww they look so fun and easy to make! sounds like my type of recipe!

    • thehungrymum July 28, 2014 at 2:35 am #

      Hope you make them – you won’t regret it :)

  13. Frugal Hausfrau July 28, 2014 at 3:03 am #

    These look absolutely amazing! I love raspberry and almond, too.

    • thehungrymum July 28, 2014 at 3:17 am #

      Oh, thank you :) It is a great combo, isn’t it :)

      • Frugal Hausfrau July 28, 2014 at 3:20 am #

        Yes, it is! And darn you for making me want them!!!! I have to bring bars to a party soon; I think I’ll bring these!

  14. Midge July 28, 2014 at 5:01 am #

    These would be so magnificent for tea – and any leftovers would be perfect for a quick brekkie with a flat white in the morning! :D

    • thehungrymum July 28, 2014 at 5:14 am #

      Leftovers?! I took these into work & they vanished in a heartbeat :)

  15. Choc Chip Uru July 29, 2014 at 3:49 am #

    What a fluffy and delicious tea recipe, this looks wonderful :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  16. FreeFlowFoodie July 30, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    This looks great mama, gonna try to make it diary-free so i can eat it! Thanks for the idea ;-)

    • thehungrymum August 1, 2014 at 7:02 am #

      ooh, let me know how you go with a dairy-free version of this :)

  17. Michael's Woodcraft July 31, 2014 at 1:44 am #

    Delicious recipe, adding almonds is a great idea :)

    did you see my recent post; Vanilla Ice Cream?

    https://michaelswoodcraft.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/vanilla-ice-cream-2/

  18. gottagetbaked August 1, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    “all thriller, no filler” <– lol, I love that! I adore crumb squares and your raspberry almond version looks wonderful. Perfect for curling up inside, out of the cold, with a big cup of tea or coffee!

    • thehungrymum August 1, 2014 at 7:01 am #

      hehehe :) This was soooo good, so good, in fact, that I think I’ll make another batch right now!

  19. mmmarzipan August 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    Beautiful work… and yummy too, I’ll bet!

    • thehungrymum August 11, 2014 at 2:17 am #

      so yummy that I made another batch yesterday :)

  20. thehungrymum August 1, 2014 at 5:10 am #

    Feeling hot hot hot,eh?! Baking in the heat is unfun. Stay cool :)

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