Blackberry & coconut squares

Blackberry & coconut squares

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(117 ratings)

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
    Two piles of oats



    Oats are processed by rolling (steamed and pressed) or steel-cutting (cut into pieces). There is…

  • 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 eggs, 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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9th Oct, 2012
This was so easy to make and tastes amazing! As the supermarket didn't have enough blackberries in I used 150g blackberries, 150g raspberries and 150g redcurrants and it makes a great autumn treat. Fresh out the oven I think it could do with a dollop of cream. Oh and I was very naughty and sprinkled extra sugar on top!
4th Oct, 2012
Made this recipe yesterday with a load of blackberries I recently picked and it was delicious! Used margarine instead of butter which made the mixture quite wet but consequently produced a lovely moist bake. Mine turned out like a sponge cake. Not sure if it was supposed to but I'd definitely make it again with whichever berries I have to hand.
28th Sep, 2012
Made this for the MacMillan Coffee Morning and it was delicious, I was hoping that there would be some left over but no such luck!
17th Sep, 2012
A lovely buttery traybake that was wolfed down within seconds. It wasn't anything particularly special but brilliant with an afternoon cuppa.
17th Sep, 2012
This time I used fresh blackberries (from a bramble I've been trying to get rid of for 4 years), and the light coloured sugars recommended and the result was fantastic - took it to friends and it was much loved!
17th Sep, 2012
YUM - highly recommend
13th Sep, 2012
Gorgeous cake, not too heavy but more than a sponge. I have made a few times and each time used various sugars (using a bit less than recipe states) and tweaked the flower/oats ratio depending on my mood! I also soaked the coconut in a little milk as others suggested. Lovely served warm with a bit of cream, makes me want to sprinkle coconut in all crumble toppings now too!
12th Sep, 2012
Is it supposed to be 250 g of oats please?
11th Sep, 2012
Not as good as I hoped! I read previous comments and added less sugar, but forgot about soaking the coconut - I think this would make a huge difference as I found the coconut is just too hard and spoils the texture. Good with custard, though the coconut still gets stuck in your teeth!
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11th Sep, 2012
I reduced the sugar to 250g with no consequence of losing sweetness and they turned out great, also added a bit of extra porridge oats in place of the sugar I omitted.


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