Maple Squares

I could not let the sugaring off season go by without posting at least one maple recipe.  These squares are basically tarte au sucre —maple sugar pie— for dummies (i.e. people who can’t make a decent pie crust, aka ME.)  I still remember the first time I tried tarte au sucre.  One of my father’s French-Canadian friends invited our family up to his chalet.  After dinner, his wife served us maple sugar pie.  I will never forget that first bite.  It was like nothing I had ever tasted before: rich, sweet and delicious.  It’s still my favourite part of the sugar shack meal.

Ingredients:

For the base:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed

For the filling:

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (35%)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Lightly grease a 9×9 baking pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper, allowing some of the parchment paper to overhang.  This will make it easier to remove the squares from the pan later on.
  2. Using a food processor, combine the flour, sugar and salt.  Pulse until combined.
  3. Add the cold butter and process until the mixture starts to hold together and form a ball.  This may take a minute or two.
  4.  Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  5. Next, prepare the filling. In a bowl,  whisk together the brown sugar and eggs.  Add the maple syrup, cream, salt and melted butter.  Whisk until combined.
  6. Pour filling over the base and bake for 1 hour.
  7. Allow to cool before removing from pan and slicing into squares.  Do not attempt to cut the squares unless they are completely cool or they may fall apart.

 

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