These raisin squares, similar to Hermit Squares, bring a warm, spicy fragrance to the kitchen. Because it's not a traditional German recipe, you may wonder why it is featured here. Check out Oma's Quickies to find out why. Quick and easy, this is a great bar recipe to use for Bake Sales and Potlucks.
With its spicy aroma, these Rosinenschnitten great at Christmas as well. Covered with a lemon butter icing, I alter it using almond flavoring instead - a mock marzipan flavor - hence, a German twist. With the "German twist" that I love, and the raisins that he loves, these "Raisin Spice Bars" are a hit.
Gerhild's Raisin Squares
1 cup raisins
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup water
¼ cup butter
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp allspice
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
2 tsp water
1 cup flour, all purpose
1 tsp baking powder
1½ cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp butter
1½ tbsp lemon juice or 1 tsp almond extract
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 8" x 8" pan.
Put first 8 ingredients into large pot. Bring to boil, lower heat, and
simmer gently for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
Mix baking soda and 2 tsp of water in a small bowl. Stir into raisin mixture.
Let raisin mixture cool. I've placed the pot into cold water to speed this up.
Mix together flour and baking powder. Stir into raisin mixture. Mix well.
Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until set.
Let cool in pan on wire rack.
In mixing bowl, beat powdered sugar, butter, and lemon juice (or almond
extract) until smooth, adding more juice (or water) until spreading
Spread over cooled raisin squares. Cuts into 16 squares.
If you want thinner and more squares (as shown in the picture), then use a 9" x 9" pan. This only takes about 15 - 20 minutes to bake. Cuts into 25 squares.
Now, personally, I'm really not a fan of raisins.
When given a choice in a recipe between adding raisins or nuts, for example, I'll always choose nuts.
However, my hubby loves raisins. One of his favorite "Canadian" recipes is raisin pie.
And, because I do love my hubby, I'll add raisins, just for him! That's why this recipe is so nice. With the "German twist" that I love, and the raisins that he loves, these "Rosinenschnitten" are a hit.
What a pretty presentation this makes. Using sliced strawberries on top of the icing, it adds color and a taste of freshness.
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