Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Maple Walnut Squares

The ground hog has long woken up, it means Spring is at our door. And when one says "Spring," I think "Maple."

At last, it is now maple season! Whether you have already been to the sugar shack or not, you should not hold yourself from this treat! Thinking that it might be too sweet? Try it yourself and let me know!

Alright, less talk.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 32-35 minutes
Time ready: 2 hours

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup butter (soften to room temperature)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

(top filling)
1 egg
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat the oven at 350°F.
2. In a mixer, combine the soft butter and brown sugar. Beat to maximum speed until it becomes fluffy, and then add milk to the combination. This step should take 6 to 8 minutes.
3. When the mix is combined to the butter and milk, add the oatmeal and all-purpose flour and beat at medium speed. This will be the cookie base dough.
4. In a 8"x8" baking pan, place a baking sheet and work the cookie base dough on. Evenly spread the dough and gently press to make it firm and not hard. Then use a fork to pierce the dough.
5. Bake the dough for 20 minutes.
6. While waiting for the cookie base to bake, chop the walnut and mix it with egg, brown sugar and maple syrup.
7. When the cookie base is ready, spread the maple walnut filling on top and spread it evenly. Put it back to the oven and bake it for 12-15 minutes or until the filling looks dry on the surface.
8. After taking the maple walnut bakery out, use a knife to run around the base so that it will be easy to remove later. While it is still hot, it is the right time to cut the bakery -- either squares or diamond (like I did in the picture). Let it sit for an hour and it will be ready to serve.

Good luck and enjoy! 

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