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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10th Sep, 2012
I put in 30g less sugar, and 30g more oats, lovely!! It was scrumptious, the only problem is not eating it all at once!
10th Sep, 2012
I think there are too many blackberries in this recipe. Mine look great in the tin, nice and crispy on top, but when I tried to cut into squares the blackberries had made it so soft that it was difficult to keep it all together. Still tasted nice though! It would be nice with some custard too.
2nd Sep, 2012
Yum yum! I added an apple and didn't put in as much coconut as it's not popular in my house, but the result was a lovely sponge with a fruity topping that went perfectly:) We ate some straight out the oven yesterday, and it was delicious hot (even better with some custard!) and then finished it off cold today, and it was just as good. Would definitely recommend!
2nd Sep, 2012
My 8 year old made this yesterday, with minimal help from me. It is delicious! We had frozen strawberries and blueberries so used those instead of blackberries. The smell whilst it was baking was mouthwatering and we couldn't resist trying a small square while it was still warm. He will definitely be making this again.
31st Aug, 2012
Amazing we all loved this recipe, easy to make with a 2 and 4 year old!
14th Aug, 2012
liked the concept when needing to use up blackberries. made a lot of adjustments though so feel anyone could experiment here. tasted great nonetheless and were fun to make.
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8th Aug, 2012
Lovely! It does sound like a lot of sugar but my gathered blackberries were seriously sharp so they needed it, if you use sweeter ones I think you could safely cut back on the sugar in the base.
18th Jul, 2012
Gorgeous and more-ish! Used frozen mixed berries (defrosted). Can't wait to make again. The topping did go soggy after freezing but still tasted good.
30th Jun, 2012
Delicious! A real hit with my family and so easy to make.
22nd Jun, 2012
Wonderful! it looks great and works well :) I used 200g of sugar and its lovely.


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