My Mothers Jam Squares

Jam Squares 019Another one of my mothers recipes.  Looking at her recipes brings back so many memories.  She was a woman that loved her family.  A woman that always put them first.  She wasn’t someone who just talked about doing for her family, she actually did it. She gave so much of herself in doing for others and never expected anything in return. She promised us that even after she was gone she would always be here to look after us. Always, always, always thinking of us, never herself.  She so loved her family.  I love making the things she use to make.  It somehow brings her back to us.  What a gift.  Thanks Ma, for everything you did for us.  We love and miss you.

Try making these squares.

Jam Squares 013Separate your yolks from your whites, placing the whites in a bowl and whipping them with 2 tablespoons of sugar, until the form nice soft peaks.  Set aside.

Jam Squares 001First add 1/4 pound of butter to your mixer bowl and cream it with 1/2 cup of sugar.

Jam Squares 004Add your two egg yolks along with your tablespoon of vanilla and mix until well blended.

Jam Squares 005Next add your 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda and mix until nicely combined.  This dough will be a bit wet.

Jam Squares 006Place the dough into a 9×13 inch ungreased pan.

Jam Squares 009With wet hands spread dough into the pan.

Jam Squares 010Top with approximately 1 cup of jam, more or less.  I used pear.

Jam Squares 015Top the jam layer with the beaten egg whites and with sprinkle ground walnuts.  Now don’t get your knickers in a knot. For people with nut allergies, you could also sprinkle on grated chocolate, coloured sprinkles, coconut anything that isn’t too heavy to sink into your egg whites.

Jam Squares 018Bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 20-30 minutes.  The time will depend on your oven.  You do not have to have this deep golden colour.  Cool.  Cut into small squares with a HOT WET knife, by cutting down into the squares and not gliding the knife along the squares.  This will prevent the egg whites from ripping.

Jam Squares 020Enjoy!

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

1/2 pound Butter

1/2 cup Sugar

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

2 Egg Yolks

2 Egg Whites

2 Tablespoons Of Sugar

1 1/2 cups Of Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1/8 Teaspoon Of Baking Soda

1 cup Of Jam

Ground Walnuts For Sprinkling

PREPARATION

Separate your egg yolks and egg whites.  Beat egg whites until they form soft peaks.  Set aside.  In another bowl beat egg yolks with the butter and vanilla.  Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and mix until it comes together.

Spread this dough into an ungreased pan with wet hands, top with jam first then the whipped egg whites, place into a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes.

Cool and cut into squares, with a HOT, WET knife.

These squares freeze well.

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