Blackberry Bakewell squares

Make these seasonal blackberry Bakewells for dessert to round off a picnic. They're easy to transport in a tin and will hold up against the heat of a sunny day

  • Prep:30 mins
    Cook:50 mins
    Plus chilling
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 390
  • fat 29g
  • saturates 13g
  • carbs 24g
  • sugars 17g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 7g
  • salt 0.6g


  • 80g butter
  • 150g digestive biscuits
  • 200g blackberry jam, warmed
  • 200g blackberries
  • clotted cream, to serve
  • 250g butter, softened
  • 100g golden caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 250g ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp self-raising flour


  1. To make the base, melt the butter, then sizzle until it turns a nutty brown if you want some extra flavour. Blitz the biscuits into crumbs using a food processor, then add the melted butter and blend to mix. Press the crumbs into a lined 20cm square tin, then chill until set. 

  2. Make the filling by beating the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, tip in the flour and almonds and continue beating, then spoon into a piping bag.

  3. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Remove the tin from the fridge, then spread over the jam, leaving a gap around the edge. Pipe the filling mixture on top, making sure you start with the edge around the jam. Press in the blackberries, sprinkle over the caster sugar and bake for 45-50 mins. The frangipane should be cooked all the way through with a sugary crust on the top. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Can be made the day before and kept, wrapped, at room temperature. Bring to the picnic in the tin, then cut into squares and serve with a large spoonful of clotted cream.

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