Jewelled fruit squares

Prep 15 min
Plus Baking Time: 45 minutes
Makes 24 squares

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1 1/2 cups
all-purpose flour
1/2 cup
2/3 cup
cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1/2 cup
2 tbsp
rum, or apple juice
1/3 cup
2 tbsp
all-purpose flour
3/4 cup
2 tsp
1 cup
coarsely chopped glacé cherries
1/2 cup
coarsely chopped glacé pineapples
1 cup
chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds


  • PREHEAT oven to 350F (180C). Lightly spray a 9×13-inch (3-L) baking pan. For base, whirl 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) flour and icing sugar in a food processor until blended. Add butter and pulse until mixture starts to come together. Or, in a medium-size bowl, stir flour with icing sugar. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, mix in butter until coarse crumbs form. Turn into baking pan. Press evenly over bottom. Bake in centre of oven until edges are golden-tinged, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven, but leave oven on.
  • WHILE base is baking, prepare topping. Place raisins and rum in a small bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high 1 minute. In a large bowl, whisk eggs. Whisk in brown sugar and 2 tbsp (30 mL) flour. Stir in corn syrup and vanilla. Stir in raisin mixture, cherries, pineapple and pecans. Spread over warm base.
  • BAKE in centre of preheated oven until centre is set and edges of base are deep golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool completely. Then cut into squares. Refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze up to 1 month.
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Calories 213, Protein 2.1 g, Carbohydrates 32.5 g, Fat 9.2 g, Fibre 0.9 g, Sodium 20 mg.

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