Maple Walnut Squares

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Delicious sweet maple squares, with a shortbread base, a maple syrup filling and lots of nuts!
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Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter cold, unsalted, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup walnuts finely chopped

Filling:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream 35%
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2/3-3/4 cup walnuts chopped (or pecans, or a mixture of both)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 Line an 8-inch square baking pan (with straight sidewith parchment paper, leaving an overhang on at least two sides (for removing it easily after baking).
  • In a food processor (or in a bowl with a pastry cutter or two knives), whisk together the flour, sugar and salt. Add butter and pulse/cut until mixture starts to come together. Stir in 1/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts. Pat evenly in to prepared 8-inch pan.
  • Bake crust in centre of the preheated 350 oven until golden and set, about 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven, but leave oven on. While crust is baking, whisk together the filling ingredients and set aside. Then, scatter nuts evenly over a baking sheet and set aside.
  • Once base is out of the oven, place baking sheet with the nuts in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until nuts are lightly toasted and fragrant. Remove nuts from oven and scatter over cooked crust. Re-whisk filling, the pour over-top. Use a fork to evenly distribute the nuts floating on top, if necessary.
  • Place in 350 oven and bake until filling is set about 35 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a cooling rack, then carefully lift out of pan using the parchment paper edges. (I like to refrigerate for a bit before cutting in to squares, just to make the whole process neater, but the squares are quite sturdy without refrigerating, once cooled.) Cut in to squares. Eat as is, or serve on a dessert plate with a dollop of whipped cream and a scattering of nuts.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 121mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg