1 December, 2015
Cherry & strawberry squares
Another recipe I tested in the cherry season.
I had some leftover cherries and some strawberries sitting in my pantry. So I had to use them up before they loses their freshness. Of course you can eat them as it is, nothing more delicious than fresh berries. But where’s the fun in that? Right?So I was looking around to see what else can I use to whip up something delicious, and voila! there was some cookie batter in the fridge from previous week. So I decided to use that up as well. Two birds in one stone!.
When you make a lot of food, you just have to deal with leftovers and I have accidentally created incredibly tasty dishes while trying to use up, those leftovers.
So back to the cherries. I took the cookie batter out and let it thaw for few minutes. Batter had oats in it, and perfect to make some slices or squares. I needed to get the batter bit denser and drier, cos I am adding fresh fruits. So I decided to add some almond meal and some toasted silvered almonds to create texture. Silvered almonds is optional, but toasted nuts make everything tastes better, so if you have any at hand, just throw in some.Then all I did was adding in the chopped berries and cherries.
I thought, I should spread this in a tray, so that I can easily cut it in to squares. After baking it, I let it cool down and cut the slab in to squares to find the centre a tad bit under. So I spread out the squares on a tray and baked at a law temperature as you would do with biscotti, just to dry them up a bit.
That solved the problem and the squares tasted amazing!
- 75g flour
- 1 cups oats
- 80g butter (soft)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 small egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped cherries
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped strawberries
- ½ cup silvered almonds (lightly toasted & chopped)
- Preheat oven to 180 °C.
- Prepare a baking tray lined with a parchment paper.
- In a bowl of a stand mixer (hand mixer could be used as well) beat butter and sugar until combined.
- Add the egg and mix until clear.
- Add vanilla and mix.
- Then fold in the flour and mix thoroughly, followed by the chopped nuts.
- Now add in the cherries and berries and mix using a wooden spoon to spread cherries evenly.
- Spread the batter on the tray to a 1- 11/2 cm thickness.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until top is lightly coloured.
- Take out of the oven, let cool for few minutes, cut in to squares and spread squares on the tray so that there is space around each.
- Return to oven. Reduce temperature to 160 C and bake for a further 10 minutes.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Serve with a dusting of icing sugar.
- Mix in some chocolate chips to the batter if you like.