Poppy Seed Squares
This is a poppy seed square with a twist. A cake like base with the topping of a nanaimo bar. This square is totally addictive,but not as sweet as a nanaimo bar. It will become a regular on your dainty tray. I have been making this for years and it is our favorite. Get it into the freezer quick or you will pick at it until it all gone.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 5mins
- 3 eggs, separated
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup oil
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 cup poppy seed, plus 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 1⁄4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1⁄4 cup chopped glaces cherries
- walnuts or cherries can be gently folded into the batter after adding the beaten egg white
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons vanilla custard powder
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 3 cups sifted icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 4 semi-sweet chocolate baking squares
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- Beat egg whites until stiff and set aside.
- Beat egg yolks and sugar.
- Add oil, milk and vanilla.
- Add dry ingredients.
- Fold in beaten egg whites.
- If adding the cherries or nuts they can be folded in now.
- Pour into greased and floured 9x13 cake pan.
- Bake at 325F 35-40 minutes ( until tester comes out clean).
- cream butter.
- Combine milk with custard powder and add to butter.
- Mix in icing sugar. ( add a bit more milk if you need to).
- Spread over cooled base.
- Let set in fridge for about 30 minutes then add glaze.
- Melt chocolate and butter ( I usually do this step in the microwave) and spread over filling.
- Refridgerate, then cut into squares.
- This Square can be frozen.
- Prep time is approximate.
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This recipe is great. The cake part is moist and tasty, and of course the filling & chocolate glaze is delectible! A fantastic choice as an alternate to traditional nanaimo squares (and for those of us who do not like coconut). Presents nicely, and is not overly finnicky to make. I didn't use the nuts or cherries the first time, but it was a hit ! Will make again for sure, and might just experiment with the nuts! Thanks for the recipe, Dotty2 !
OMG, everyone make these bars, your right Dotty, these are very habit-forming, the cake base is wonderful and the filling is similar to Nanaimo bars, I thought that I had custard powder on hand, I usually do to make Naniamo bars, but I did not have any so I subbed dry vanilla pudding mix, and that worked fine. Wasn't quite certain where to add in the cherries and nuts, so I just omitted them, just as well as I think that the bars would have been way to rich with the cherries added. My sweet-tooth DS loved these bars. Thanks Dotty for a wonderful recipe!...Kitten:)