Monday, February 15, 2010

Raspberry Almond Squares

These bars combine the sweetness of almond paste with the tartness of raspberries for a unbeatable combination

You need

1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 of an 8 ounce can almond paste
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup seedless red raspberry jam
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar

How to

Grease a 8x8x2 baking pan. For crust beat the 1/3 cup butter in a mixing bowl, add 1.4 cup granulated sugar and beat until combined. Beat in 1 cup of the flour. Press the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake in a 350 oven for 10 minutes

Then combine remaining flour and the 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a bowl. Cut in the almond paste and the 2 tablespoons butter with a pastry blender until crumbly Set almond paste aside

Spread jam over the top of the hot baked crust. Sprinkle almond paste mixture over the jam. Sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake in the 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes

For icing stir together powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon milk. Add additional milk, 1/4 teaspoon at a time, until icing is easy to drizzle.

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