Pineapple Squares Recipe

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Try this pineapple squares recipe when you want something tangy and sweet and also quick and easy to pull together. This dessert is a great snack, and something you can make to bring to picnics and other summer gatherings of friends and family. Squares are always popular, and a bit simpler to make than cake or other more involved desserts. This dessert is a bit more complex than the standard square, but the results are worth it.

The crust in this recipe is made from scratch using shortening. Although this particular fat is not the best for health reasons, using it in this recipe has its purpose. Shortening is one of the easiest ways to ensure a flaky crust that melts in your mouth, browns beautifully, and still bakes up light and crispy even if you slightly over handle the dough. As well, it rolls out wonderfully and keeps its shape if you are trying to make a particularly thin dough, as in this recipe. So using shortening once in a while is all right, just don’t over do it. The blog’s creator mentions that this is her grandmother’s recipe, which probably explains why shortening is used. Crisco brand shortening was a go to product in the 1950s for making everything from fried chicken to pie crust. Today, we use other, hopefully healthier products. Still, there is something nostalgic about pies made with shortening. Every year, at Christmas, we make pork pies, and the crust is always made with shortening. Its flavor and texture are quite incomparable.

Try this recipe when you have a bit of time to spend constructing it. Be sure to chill it at least overnight to ensure fullest and richest flavor. As well, although maraschino cherries are suggested as a garnish along with walnuts, consider chopping both very finely and blending them right in to the cream topping. Enjoy! Find out how to make this recipe and many others at the website, Ann's Entitled Life.

Nutrition Facts for: Pineapple Squares Recipe From Ann's Entitled Life
Ingredients: Flour, salt, shortening, milk, crushed pineapple, tapioca, sugar, cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar, chopped walnuts.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 24 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 385, Calories from Fat 186, Total Fat 20.7g 32%, Saturated Fat 8.0g 40%, Cholesterol 16mg 5%, Sodium 168mg 7%, Potassium 70mg 2%, Carbohydrates 47.5g 16%, Dietary Fiber 1.0g 4%, Sugars 26.0g, Protein 3.6g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 19%, Calcium 3%, Iron 7%

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