Summer Berry Squares
Squares / Dessert
Summer, at least to us, means fresh fruit. We are fortunate to live in an area that provides us with an almost endless amount of raspberries, cherries, strawberries, and blueberries, amongst many other goodies.
These summer berry squares allow you to sub in your favourite berry (or your favourite fresh fruit). It is versatile, easy to make, and above all, delicious.
We top these with candied cacao nibs, as they add a huge depth of flavour and contribute to the overall textures of this dessert. You can make these in advance and store them for future use or future snacking. View the recipe here.
So, what are we waiting for? Let's get baking!
1 1/2 cups (160g) old fashioned oats
3/4 cup (180g) all purpose flour
1 cup (144g) coconut sugar
1 tsp (2g) salt
1 tsp (2g) baking powder
1 cup + 2 tbsp (248g) butter, cold & cubed
2 cups (1 pint) fresh berries or cherries
2 tbsp (29g) cane sugar
1/2 cup (75g) cacao nibs (optional: candied cocoa nibs)
Preheat the oven to 350F and generously grease a 9x13 pan with butter.
Place fruit in a small bowl and mix in cane sugar. Set aside.
In a medium sized bowl, add all of the base ingredients, apart from butter, and whisk to combine.
Take the chilled butter and cut into small cubes. Add these to the medium bowl with the base ingredients.
Use your hands to combine the butter with the base ingredients. Continue until it begins to clump together, forming larger pieces.
Set aside 1 cup of the newly mixed crumble. Pour the remaining into your prepared pan, pressing the base firmly and evenly.
Place in the oven for 12 minutes to pre bake.
When the timer rings, remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
After the base has had time to cool slightly, arrange the fruit evenly over the top, coating the entire base.
Sprinkle the remaining cup of the crumble mix over top of the fruit (you should be able to see some of the fruit throughout).
Place pan back in the oven and bake for 15 minutes (until the fruit is set and the top crumb is golden brown).
Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle the reserved candied cacao nibs evenly over the top.
Let cool at room temperature then transfer to the fridge to set the fruit, making portioning easier.
When cool, cut into squares, and enjoy!
- Move quick when mixing butter into dry ingredients
- Depending on your oven, these squares may need a little more or less time. Keep an eye in the final few minutes and adjust as necessary.
- Allow the squares to cool properly. This will ensure they firm up and are both easy to cut and serve.
- If you want to serve warm, it will resemble a crumble. Scoop immediately and top with your favourite ice cream.