Fruit squares are a treat just about everyone enjoys and we all seem to have our favorite; mine happens to be strawberry-rhubarb but you can use just about any fruit pie-filling to make these that pleases your taste. They are as good for breakfast as they are for that mid-afternoon or late evening snack and work well as an after dinner dessert with coffee or tea. They are just plain and simply wonderful. Here is how to make them.
For this delicious snack I use one 30 oz can of strawberry-rhubarb pie filling but you can easily substitute any favorite pie filling to make this. Fruit squares, no matter what fruit you choose to use are delicious and can be served as a snack with tea or milk or your favorite beverage. They are equally great for breakfast, for dessert or even that midnight snack when you just can’t sleep. Fruit bars are a comfort food. I use the strawberry-rhubarb because it is a little bit sweet and a little bit tart and just seems to satisfy my cravings when I need a sweet treat. Here is how to make them.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Lightly grease and flour an 11” x 17” baking pan and set aside
In a medium size mixing bowl combine
1 cup butter or margarine softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
Beat together until light and fluffy
Continue beating and add
4 large eggs, one egg at a time
Beat until well blended
Sift together and add
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt (about 1/8 tsp.)
Mix until thoroughly blended
Set aside about 1 1/2 cups of the batter
Spread remaining batter in the bottom of prepared baking pan
Spoon pie-filling evenly over the top
Spread remaining batter over the top of the pie filling
Bake 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Remove from oven and set on wire rack to cool. Cool for about 12-15
minutes and drizzle simple glaze over the top. (I sometimes sprinkle finely
chopped walnuts, pecans or shredded coconut over the glaze. This is optional)
Cool to room temperature. Cut into squares and serve. If I am serving this for a dessert I serve it with a scoop of ice cream or a dab of whipped cream. These squares are really delicious and so versatile you may even want to make a double batch just to keep everyone and your sweet tooth happy.
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