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Friday, February 26, 2010

Saturday Blog Showcase #8 - Blueberry Squares

It's time for our eighth edition of Saturday Blog Showcase!  Join Ann (Thibeault's Table) and me in showcasing recipes from our fellow bloggers.  To participate in the fun:

  1. Make a recipe from another blog on any day of the week.  Create a link to that blog in your post.
  2. Add the Saturday Blog Showcase logo to your post.
  3. On Friday night or Saturday, link your post to Mr. Linky.

Today I borrowed a recipe from Asha at Fork-Spoon-Knife. Her Cranberry Squares (aka Fruit Squares) looked delicious and the recipe looked so easy, a prerequisite as I started a new job this week!  I made the squares with blueberries instead of the cranberries and iced them with a simple glaze of confectioners' sugar, cream, and vanilla extract.  As part of my 'orientation' at the new office, I decided to bring these in to help introduce the newbie to the rest of the staff (thus no photos of them cut into squares - sorry!).  It was a good move. The president of the company was getting coffee as I dropped the squares off in the breakroom.  He wasted no time cutting into them.  (I also found out he's a foodie, too!)  Within minutes of returning to my desk, he had emailed the whole office about the squares and how delicious they were!  :D  Thanks, Asha, for making my first week at the office that much smoother!

Blueberry Squares (Fruit Squares)
(adapted from CD Kitchen)

** Asha's Note: I used a 8 inch square pan, so my squares turned out a bit thick. You could easily spread this on a 9x13 inch pan **

1-1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon almond extract
1-1/2 cup flour
2 cup fresh blueberries or cranberries or other berries
1/2 cup chopped, toasted cashew nuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter the pan you are using.

In a large bowl, beat the sugar and eggs until creamy and smooth. Whisk in the melted butter and almond extract. Add flour and fold until incorporated. Fold in blueberries and nuts (if using) carefully so as not to break the fruit and color the whole batter purple.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for about 40-50 minutes or until tester inserted into center comes out clean. Transfer to a rack to cool completely (takes about an hour really!). Cut squares and serve.


Natasha in Oz said...

That looks delish! I will have to try that one.

Thanks for having me today!

Best wishes,

Thibeault's Table said...

Lori, looks great. I love the drizzle. YOu do know don't you that you can't just bring "sweets" to the office once? What are you baking for your new colleagues next week?


Rettabug said...

You sure know the way to get on their good side, FAST! LOL This blueberry delight had to knock their socks off. No wonder you didn't want to cut into it prior to its arrival at the office. Your presentation is gorgeous! BRAVO & contgrats on the new job, too.


Sarah said...

This looks great! I only seem to be able to get this together for Saturday every other week! Sorry.

Cathy said...

What a great idea, Lori, to bring home made treats to your new coworkers. Your blueberry squares look so delish. Love the drizzled frosting over the top.

Teresa said...

This looks amazing! Just found out that friends will be stopping by later today and this will be perfect! Thanks!

Bob said...

Those look wicked good. Wow. I want them right now, for lunch. Heh.

Pam said...

Congrats on the new job! And you still found time to blog. These look so good! I wish you had dropped them by my job!

Teresa said...

They were delicious! :-) I made them for some friends and everyone thought they were great.

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious. I hope they were enjoyed by all.

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Thank you, everyone, for your kind words.

Teresa, I'm so glad it worked well for you. So easy, isn't it?!

the country cook said...

The pan looks lovely! I bet those tasted great!

Asha @ FSK said...

YAY!! Glad to know you already scored a home run in the new job! :)))

Penny Robinson said...

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Kathleen said...

Yum! These sound like the perfect spring cookie! I love all the icing on the top!!

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

Congratulations on your new job Lori!

What a "sweet" way to introduce yourself to your new co-workers. :D How LUCKY they are to be treated to your delicious creations.

This recipe looks fabulous, thank you for sharing it. xo

Lidia said...

I like your blueberry square!! It looks delicous!!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Hi, this is my 1st time here, you have a lovely blog, will visit you more often from now.

Anonymous said...

I love taking slices and cakes into the office. And I love it when others do the same. There's nothing quite like an unexpected treat to get you through the day. these look stunning!

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