Its just about that time of year, the un-official start the summer season– Memorial Day Weekend.
A federal holiday in the States, Memorial Day was created to honor and pay tribute to the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Families and friends gather to celebrate and remember those who fought for our country and for our freedom. Parades and picnics dot the Americana landscape, complete with red, white and blue.
If you are looking for an easy, light, fruit filled dessert, I have just what you may be looking for. This recipe was given to me by my dear friend Dee Dee at my bridal shower some 12 years ago. Just like our friendship, this recipe has been tried and true, always a winner!
Holiday Fruit Squares – Makes 30 squares
1 C. Unsalted Butter
1 1/2 C. Sugar
1 Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
2 C. Flour
1 12oz can Cherry Cake & Pastry Filling
1 12oz can Blueberry Cake & Pastry Filling
Pre-heat oven 350°
Grease 15 x 10 cookie sheet/jelly roll pan
With your handheld mixer, cream together butter and sugar in medium size bowl.
Add eggs and lemon juice, mix well until light and creamy.
Add one cup of the flour, mix well. When the first cup of flour is incorporated, add the second cup of flour until incorporated.
Pour dough mixture into pan, spread evenly around the pan.
Score the dough into 30 squares – 5 high x 6 wide.
Dollop 1 heaping teaspoon of fruit filling onto the center of each square.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned. Allow to cool for 5 minutes then sift confectioners sugar over pan of fruit bars. When completely cool, slice bars and serve.
Wishing you all a relaxing holiday weekend. How will you be spending the opening weekend to summer? We know we will be thanking veterans dear to our hearts, both near and far. Land of the free, home of the brave.