Maple Walnut Squares

Happy Birthday Canada!

This weekend (July 1st, to be precise), communities across our nation will be celebrating Canada Day. There will be parades, and festivals, and fireworks galore! Not to mention all the smaller, private parties put on by families and neighbours… I’ve always considered it the kick off to summer, myself.

 

Maple Walnut Squares

 

Now you know I wouldn’t let a celebration go, without baking something special for the honouree… Originally, I was thinking Nanaimo Bars (created right here, in my home province), but I kept drifting back to maple… Did you know that Canada produces more than 80% of the world’s maple syrup supply? Also, our flag bears the symbol of a maple leaf. What could be more Canadian than maple syrup?!… Ok, maybe hockey, but I digress… Eventually, I decided on maple walnut squares. And what no birthday is complete without frosting, so I added some of that too :-)… Don’t even think about skipping the Smokey Maple Frosting! It really make the squares.

 

Maple Walnut Squares

 
 

Maple Walnut Squares

1 cup All-Purpose Flour

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/4 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 cup Margarine

1/4 cup Sugar

2 tbsp Brown Sugar, firmly packed

2 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup

1 tsp Maple Extract

1/4 cup Soft Tofu, pureed

3 tbsp Non-Dairy Milk (I used almond)

1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts

Smokey Maple Frosting (I halved the recipe)

 

Preheat oven to 325°F and prepare an 8 x 8 baking pan… I like to line the pan and then grease the foil, for easiest removal.

Stir together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

Beat the margarine until smooth. Add sugars and beat on medium speed, until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add maple syrup, extract, tofu, and milk, and beat on medium for another 2 minutes. Blend in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in nuts.

Spoon into baking pan and smooth and even surface.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to rack.

Cool completely before frosting.

Makes 9 – 12 squares.

 
 

12 thoughts on “Maple Walnut Squares

  1. Maple, Brown Sugar and Walnuts? Doesn’t get any more delicious than that….or Canadian! Great choice to celebrate with Starr.
    Happy Birthday to all our friendly neighbor’s to the north!!

    • Maple syrup is a great sweetener, and adds great flavour too. Lately I’ve been adding it to just about everything!

  2. Nothing but gorgeousness here :). I might have to dip into my saved stash of walnuts in their shells for this one. I love that they taste a little like maple syrup anyway when they are fresh. Here in Australia maples syrup is a prohibitive price. We rarely indulge in its smoky deliciousness but again, this recipe is worth it :) Cheers for sharing it.

    • Thanks :-)… Even here, people complain about the priciness of real maple syrup. I can only imagine what it costs outside of North America!

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