Recipe for Tasty Squares, otherwise known as konfyt-vierkante – a South African favourite

115 grams butter
1/2 cup (110 gram) sugar
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon (3 ml) ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) salt
A pinch of ground cloves, or up to 1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) for the traditional version
1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) vanilla
A drop of almond essence, or up to 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) for the traditional version
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) baking powder
Apricot jam

How to
Soften the butter if necessary. Mix the butter and sugar together until it is creamy. Add egg and mix well.

Add the cinnamon, salt, cloves, vanilla essence and almond essence and mix thoroughly.

Sift the flour and baking powder over the mixture, and combine. The texture should be light and creamy.

Lightly knead together to form a dough.

Divide the dough in half and refrigerate one half of the dough.

Line the pan with baking paper. Use a brownie tin that measures about 28 cm x 17 cm, or an oven pan if you’re making double the recipe.

Press and spread the unrefrigerated dough into the paper-lined tin to form a crust.

Spread apricot jam over the dough.

Grate the refrigerated dough over the jam-smeared base.

Bake for about 20 minutes in an oven preheated to 180°C until pale brown.

Cut into slices or squares


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This recipe and photo is from the Rainbow Cooking website, where you will find a collection of mostly South African recipes, both traditional and modern.