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Mazurka - Raisin and Walnut Squares

Monday, 27 October 2014

This is my grandma's recipe. She used to make for me all the time; it was one of my favourites. It's super easy and quick to make. My boys love to munch on these, even if these squares are a bit hard to bite into. But the sweet taste of raisins and walnuts makes this recipe yummy for kids! 

Make sure your kids are not allergic to nuts before preparing these squares.







Ingredients:

  • 2 cups walnut pieces
  • 2 cups sugar (can easily be reduced to 3/4 cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sultana raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon wine vinegar
  • 1+ cup flour (about 1 1/4 flour)
  • a bit of vegetable oil for greasing
You will need a 10" square tin to bake this, or something similar that you can put in the oven.


Directions:


STEP 1: In a medium bowl beat 2 eggs. Add the sugar, and mix well everything together.

STEP 2: In a big bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (except for the baking soda): walnuts (small pieces), raisins, and flour. To this you're going to measure 1/2 of baking soda poured over with wine vinegar (1/2 teaspoon of vinegar only!). Mix all together.

STEP 3: Add the mixture of eggs and sugar to the big bowl mix of all the dry ingredients. Mix all well; it should be of very dense and wet consistency.
STEP 4: Preheat oven to 350 F.
STEP 5: Grease your baking tin with vegetable oil.
STEP 6: Pour your mixture into tin spreading it evenly (I use a fork to press it down and spread it evenly).
STEP 7: Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
STEP 8: Remove from oven and cut into small squares immediately. (I use a wooden spatula to cut not to scratch the tin.) You need to cut while it's still hot, otherwise it will be much harder to do it later. Don't worry if it starts cracking on the top everywhere, it will still look great in the end.

STEP 9: Place squares on a nice plate so that they don't stick together until they cool down. Once they've cooled down, you want to cover them well - the tin that I use comes with a plastic lid, so it's perfect to keep the squares covered and soft. If you don't cover them well, they will become very hard. My grandma used to keep them in an empty pot with a lid on until I came over and ate it all:).

Hope you enjoy these!


Bon appetit!

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