One of the first play sets I had was a tea party set from my Grandma. As I got older, she had me over often for tea. Grandma spent a lot of time baking for these special afternoons and I’m reminded of her when I see these beautiful hand-stitched tea towels. She loved handmade items and so do I!
Grandma served black tea and many, many different kids of dainties. She would serve mini cucumber sandwiches, cookies, squares and my very favourite, Raisin Squares. These are some of the best uniquely Canadian desserts. It’s a rich cookie base topped with a raisin brown sugar syrup mixture that’s been baked crisp in the over. These freeze well.
Raisin Squares1 cup flour 1/4 cup white sugar 1/2 cup softened butter 2 tablespoons melted butter 2 eggs 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups raisins
Preheat the oven to 350F.
In a medium sized bowl, mix together 1 cup of flour, and the white sugar. Cut in the softened butter until the mixture is crumbly and mixed together.
Press into an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper and bake the crust for 15 minutes.
While the crust is baking, mix together the butter, eggs, vanilla and brown sugar. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until combined. Stir in the raisins and pour the mixture over the base.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is brown and crispy. Cool completely and cut into squares.