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irish currant squares

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Baby Kato
Beautiful Shore Country, NB

This recipe has been posted for play in Culinary Quest - Ireland, found at Even in the age of convenience foods, home baking skills are flourishing, though the preference has shifted from large cakes to tray bakes. Here is an unsurpassed favourite, especially when made with a delicate flaky pastry.

(1 rating)
yield 10 (makes 20 squares)
prep time 45 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For irish currant squares

  • 5 oz
    butter or margarine, grated
  • 6 oz
  • pinch
  • iced water, as needed
  • 4 oz
  • 3 oz
  • 8 oz
  • pinch
    spice, your choice
  • 1
    lemon, rind and juiced
  • 1 lg
    apple, grated
  • 1 slice
    bread, crumbled

How To Make irish currant squares

  • 1
    To make pastry: freeze butter or margarine for half an hour before grating.
  • 2
    Sift flour and salt, then add butter or margarine, mix into flour with palette knife.
  • 3
    Add iced water until a dough is formed, wrap and chill in fridge.
  • 4
    Put all filling ingredients into a saucepan and bring to boiling point, once done set aside to cool.
  • 5
    Preheat oven to gas mark 6/ 200°C/ 400°F.
  • 6
    Roll out half the pastry very thinly and line a Swiss roll tin.
  • 7
    Pour on currant filling, spreading evenly, then cover with the rest of the pastry.
  • 8
    Glaze with egg or milk and bake for 30 minutes or until light gold in color.
  • 9
    Dust with caster sugar and cut into squares when cool.