Honeymoon Squares | Honeymoon squares

honeymoon squares

What happened to the square? Entertaining when I was growing up meant that at a certain time in the evening coffee and a plate of sweets, usually squares, would be served. We were only allowed the edges because that was what was given to the kids until after the party. We were always stunned that there might be left overs after a party, I mean really, why would anyone leave sweets uneaten?

One place to still find a fine selection of squares is a funeral reception. Perhaps it’s a Maritime thing or just a small town thing but funeral receptions in Nova Scotia are known to have the best selection of squares, period. And don’t even get me started on the little sandwiches with the crusts cut off.

I have mentioned before the handwritten cookbook my Mother wrote out for each of her children. In it is a collection of recipes for squares that really need to be resurrected and I’m on a mission to single-handedly bring back the square. There is a reason these are old tried-and-true recipes… they’re delicious.

 

HONEYMOON SQUARES

Base

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar

Filling

  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries cut up
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix 1 cup flour, icing sugar and butter and press into an eight inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

While the base is baking mix flour, baking powder and salt together. To this mixture add cherries, eggs, coconut, walnuts and vanilla. Spread over base in pan and return to oven for 15 min till browned at the edges and set. Remove and cool to room temperature. Top with a butter icing.

 

 

Bridge Night Squares | squares

cream cheese brownies

Am I alone in feeling like bridge parties and bridge nights should come back? Let me just make a case… you get together regularly with friends to play cards, you have a cocktail, eat some little sandwiches with the crusts cut off, eat some delicious squares and have coffee. Where is the downside to that?

OK, so the only drawback to the whole scenario might be the actual bridge part, but let’s say you substitute any card game instead. Poker, Hearts, Euchre or if you’re from Nova Scotia you could play Forty Fives aka Auction.

A lot of my Mom’s cookbook (which I’ve written about before here) is dedicated to squares. Those lovely, tasty little bites that we were never allowed to sample other than the edges that she cut off so as to have a prettier presentation for bridge night. I have fond memories of Mrs. Bishop’s Squares, Honeymoon Squares and Pineapple Orange Squares but the granddaddy, the most favourite of all squares were these Cream Cheese Brownies with Maraschino cherries.

I think there’s a reason why book clubs have become so popular – they have replaced the card party. Right here I’m starting a social movement to bring back the card party.

You can find out a whole lot about a person by how they handle a rough game of cribbage.

Cream Cheese Brownies

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup Maraschino cherries chopped

Beat cheese and egg well. Blend in sugar and flour. Stir in cherries. Set aside.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Beat the eggs well, add the sugar, flour and salt. Melt the butter and mix in the cocoa. Add to batter and stir. Spread about 2/3 of this mixture in an 8 x 8 inch pan. Carefully spread the cheese mixture on top. Cover with the rest of the chocolate mixture note the cheese mixture will not be completely covered. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.