Blackberry & coconut squares

Blackberry & coconut squares

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins


Cuts into 12 squares
This lovely crumbly bake won the under-11s category of our 20th birthday cake competition

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal347
  • fat19g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars26g
  • fibre3g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 25g oats
  • 280g soft brown sugar
  • 200g cold butter, cut into pieces



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 75g desiccated coconut
  • 2 medium egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 350g frozen or fresh blackberry



    A purply black-coloured berry comprising many individual seed-containing fruits surrounding a…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Tip the flour, oats and sugar into a large bowl. Rub the butter into the flour mixture using your fingertips until only small pea-size pieces remain. Stir through the coconut, then fill a teacup with the mixture and set this aside.

  2. Stir the eggs into the bowl of mixture, then spread over the bottom of a lined baking tin (31 x 17cm), or a 21cm square tin. Smooth the surface with the back of a spoon, then scatter over the blackberries. Scatter over the reserved teacup mixture and bake for 1 hr-1 hr 15 mins until golden and cooked through (if you poke a skewer in, it should come out with moist crumbs but no wet mixture). Leave to cool, then remove from the tin and cut into squares. Serve with some extra berries, if you like. Great for teatime or to pop into a lunchbox.

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Comments (126)

pshopper's picture

I only had dark muscovado sugar to hand which didn't make the cake look as nice and crumbly as the picture. It still tasted yummy, but I will re-make with the correct sugar.

dankee's picture

Made this with caster sugar, raspberries and blueberries - was a big hit and will definitely be making again with any berries I happen to have to hand.

lizleicester's picture

Delicious. Used dark sugar and would probably use light muscovado next time for a finished look that is paler and more like the picture.

999smiles's picture

Fantastic!! I used raspberries, was perfect! didn't completely cool down let alone make it to the freezer before my family (and I) devoured the lot! I cant wait to make cherry ones. fully cooked after 40 mins

wilcey's picture

I've just made this, but instead of blackberries, I re-hydrated dried pineapple in a white rum/pineapple jam mixture. Mmmmm Pinacolada cake is on the menu!:-)
It certainly looks scrummy, and smells divine!

pennyshaw's picture

Love this - nice and easy with lots of taste! YUM!

flooby206's picture

Made this lovely simple recipe a couple of times, use a food processor to rub in the flour/sugar/butter then add the oats. I added white choc chunks this time, used dark sugar as that's what I had and pressed it down before cooking. Served it warm with vanilla crème frêche as a dessert and cut up the rest for lunch box treats.

kimkap's picture

Very simple to make with a delicious outcome. Will be making this one again

stacy_john's picture

I tried this today, was a little cautious as its not some thing i have done before. i made one with coconut and cherry's and one with ground almonds and cherry's and they both were great, my boys love them, great for pack ups too. Next time i may follow others and change sugar and flour so they are a little healthier.

minimeeze's picture

This is so easy to make and tastes divine! I made it with fresh wild blackberries as a way to use them up, and ended going out and picking more so I could make it again! Delicious served warm with vanilla ice cream.

crayola_smiles's picture

Very easy to make and scrummy!! Swapped black berries with raspberries :0) Will make again

crayola_smiles's picture

Brilliant recipe and very tasty too! Substituted the black berries for raspberries :0) Lovely!

sophietreacher's picture

Really delicious and easy. Will certainly make again!

jenbla's picture

Wish I could give it more than 5 stars! Very easy to prepare, and a flexible recipe. I used a mix of blackberries and raspberies, demerara sugar. They are wonderful!

carolel's picture

Oops forgot to rate it!

carolel's picture

This is fab. I've never actually made it with blackberries but it works really well with blueberries or raspberries. I've never bothered with the whole coconut soaking marlarky but did cut the amount of sugar down.

leigh558's picture

Loved by everybody! Agree with other comments - completely versatile, can change the berries or reduce the sugar and increase the coconut etc!

beautifuljulie's picture

These were wonderful, and they very very easy to make as well!

sarahnancycallaghan's picture

My Daughter has returned from a weekend at her Nan's in the country where they both went Blackberry picking hence while I will be making this tomorrow. I will update you once done!


sarahnancycallaghan's picture

My Daughter has returned from a weekend at her Nan's in the country where they both went Blackberry picking hence while I will be making this tomorrow. I will update you once done!



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