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  • Maxine’s Fresh Orange Squares

    Posted by Dan from Madison on August 4th, 2014 (All posts by )

    I have mentioned before that my grandmother died a few years ago and one of the best things I received when we were cleaning out her house was a giant box of recipes. In the box are some recipes from her friends as well. Yesterday I tried Maxine’s Fresh Orange Squares and they came out pretty well.

    I bought a giant bag of oranges from Costco last week and frankly, they are pretty bad. I hate wasting, so went to the recipe box to look up a recipe to try to use a few of them.


    1 cup packed brown sugar
    1 egg
    1 cup flour
    2/3 cup finely chopped peeled orange (about 1 large)
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    Orange glaze*

    *Orange glaze: Mix 2 tbsp. grated orange peel, 1/3 cup sifted confectioners sugar and 2 tsp water until smooth

    Heat oven to 350. In small mixing bowl, beat sugar and egg on high for 3 minutes. Stir in flour, orange and nuts. Spread in greased 9x9x2 pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. While warm spread with glaze. Cool, cut into 1.5″ squares.

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    Below is the finished product:

    The squares were pretty dense. I substituted almonds for the walnuts because that is what I had laying around and it worked fine. The orange glaze is delicious on top. I imagine this would be even better with good oranges.

    Cross posted at LITGM.


    13 Responses to “Maxine’s Fresh Orange Squares”

    1. Jonathan Says:

      This is news that I can use.

    2. Dan from Madison Says:

      It is time for more food posts.

    3. Grurray Says:

      This looks great.
      I’ve never chopped an orange. How fine are you talking?

    4. Dan from Madison Says:

      I just chopped it as fine as I could. I stopped when it started turning into mush. It all gets sort of blended together anyways so if the chunks end up being a little large, no big deal.

    5. Texan99 Says:

      Be sure not to send any to school with the kids. I think they’re illegal now.

    6. Dan from Madison Says:

      My grandma’s old kitchen would be prosecuted harder than a meth lab were it to exist in today’s society.

    7. dearieme Says:

      How is there a market for bad oranges? What do other people use them for? “Bad” in what way?

    8. Dan from Madison Says:

      “Bad” in that they tasted terrible.

    9. dearieme Says:

      Too sweet? Too sour? Too bland?

    10. Grurray Says:

      Some oranges are out of season in the summer.
      Also, I believe I was reading somewhere that the last season was a bad one in Florida. Cold weather perhaps

    11. onparkstreet Says:

      This looks good as a basic recipe. Thanks, I am going to give it a try.

    12. Dan from Madison Says:

      Very non sweet and not very juicy.

    13. Dan from Madison Says:

      Madhu – it is a good basic recipe and could be tweaked a number of different ways, that is for sure. It is pretty dense, word of warning.