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.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- 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.