August 21, 2011

Raspberry Walnuts Linzer



This easy to make squares are a delight for the lunch box or as a snack.  I used raspberry jam but they are also excellent with apricot jam. 






Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups flour
1 cup butter or margarine
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon rind

Filling:
1 cup raspberry jam
1 to 1  1/2 cup chopped walnut

1 egg, for brushing


Place flour into a large mixing bowl.   Using a pastry cutter, cut butter into the flour until it resembles coarse bread crumbs.  Make a well in the centre and break the egg. Add sugar, sour cream, baking powder, lemon juice and lemon rind. Mix together  and  knead together into a soft dough.  Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.

Place dough on a floured surface. Cut about  2/3 of dough leaving  1/3 aside .  Roll out the 2/3 of the dough and press it into a 11 x 17 cookie sheet.  Spread with the jam and sprinkle with walnuts. 

Roll out the remaining 1/3 of dough into an approximate 10 x 14 rectangle. Using a roll cutter, cut into  1/2 inch wide strips and place them in diagonal over the filling, first in one direction, then the other, to form a lattice.  Cover and let stand  for 30 minutes. 

Preheat oven to 350 F. Brush top with egg. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until gets starts to get golden in color.

Remove from oven and cut into squares.


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