Cinnamon Jam Squares Recipe

I absolutely love this Cinnamon Jam Squares Recipe. The only ingredients that are not pantry stables are the apricot jam and desiccated coconut. However, in my house we always have apricot jam. Apricot Jam is one of the most affordable flavours of jam in South Africa. I also normally have desiccated coconut because I often bake with it.

Tip: Desiccated coconut’s shelf life can be prolonged by keeping it in the freezer.

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Equipment used

The two vintage kitchenware items I used in making this recipe are my grandmother’s Kenwood Chef and my mother’s Keith Bentley Kitchen Scale.

Vintage 1970s Kenwood Chef | Authentically Ash Keith Bentley Kitchen Scale | AuthenticallyAsh.com

If you are looking for a strong, good quality mixer that can handle bread-dough I highly recommend getting a Kenwood Chef. The Kenwood Chef Titanium Kitchen Machine 750 W 5 Quarts is the modern equivalent of the one I own. It makes creaming butter and making bread dough so much easier!

Other equipment I used to make this recipe (with links for equivalent products):

Ingredients for the Cinnamon Jam Squares Recipe

  • 1 cup Margarine or butter (250g / 0.55lbs)
  • 4/5 cup sugar (180g / 0.40lbs)
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp vanilla essence (5ml)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (350g / 0.75lbs)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (5ml)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon (5ml)
  • 1/2 cup smooth apricot jam
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut (75g / 2.5oz)
  • Extra cinnamon for dusting

Method for the Cinnamon Jam Squares Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F / Gas Mark 4)
  2. Grease a 22cm x 33cm baking tin (9″x13″)
  3. Cream margarine/butter and suger.
  4. Beat egg with vanilla and add to margarine/butter mixture.
  5. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  6. Add flour mixture to egg and margarine mixture
  7. Mix into a soft dough.
  8. with clean floured hands press 2/3 of dough into base of the greased tin.
  9. Spread evenly with apricot jam.
  10. Add coconut to remaining dough and mix in thoroughly.
  11. Use a cheese grater to grate the dough coursely over the top of the jam.
  12. Dust with a little cinnamon and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown
  13. Cut into small bars or squares and allow to cool in tin.
  14. Remove to cooling rack and leave until cold.

Other tips

This recipe makes 1 tray. It is the perfect size for a small tea-party. If you are planning to use this recipe for your family’s weekly tea-time snack, then I strongly recommend doubling the recipe.

Store these Cinnamon Jam Squares in an air-tight container.


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