With a pastry base, these Easter simnel squares are a tasty alternative to a classic simnel cake, packed with fruity flavours and topped with marzipan eggs. Happy Easter baking!
Easter simnel squares
These Easter simnel squares from Crazy Jack Organic are the perfect sweet treat, packed with fruit flavours and topped with marzipan eggs – enjoy!
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- 375 g packet ready-rolled sweet short-crust pastry
- Flour to dust
- 150 g unsalted butter, softened
- 150 g golden caster sugar
- 6 eggs, beaten
- 160 g Crazy Jack Ground Almonds
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 5 tbsp cherry jam
- 25 g Crazy Jack Flaked Almonds
- 100 g golden marzipan
- Icing sugar to dust
Unroll the pastry and roll it out a little more on a lightly floured surface so that it is big enough to line a deep 34x32cm tin. Prick the base with a fork and chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
Line the pastry with foil and fill with baking beans or rice. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and beans and bake for a further five minutes. Once cooked, remove the pastry from the oven and set aside.
Meanwhile, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric hand whisk until pale and creamy. Add the eggs gradually, beating well with each addition. Fold in the ground Crazy Jack Almonds and almond extract.
Now lower the oven temperature to 180°C/350°F/ Gas Mark 4. Spread the jam all over the bottom of the baked pastry case, then pour over the filling and level off. Scatter over the flaked Crazy Jack Almonds and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes.
While the tart is baking, cut the marzipan into 15 equal pieces, then mould each piece into an egg shape.
Lay the eggs on top of the cooked tart while it is still hot. Leave to cool, then remove the tart from the tin, dust with icing sugar and cut into squares to serve.