Port and Walnut Squares

    Port and Walnut Squares

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    These chewy walnut bars have a wonderful flavour given to them by port wine. The recipe is Portuguese.

    Serves: 16 

    • 125g butter, softened
    • 3/4 cup (110g) brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 2 tablespoons port wine
    • 1 cup (115g) chopped walnuts
    • 3/8 cup (45g) plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 tablespoons port wine
    • 1 cup (120g) icing sugar
    • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
    • 1 tablespoon port wine
    • 2 drops red food colouring

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hour cooling  ›  Ready in:1hour30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180g degrees C. Grease and flour a 23cm square pan.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg then stir in the vanilla, milk and 2 tablespoons port wine. Combine the flour, chopped walnuts and baking powder; stir into the creamed mixture. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Brush the top with 2 tablespoons of the port wine as soon as it comes out of the oven. Let cool to room temperature before glazing.
    4. To make the glaze, beat together the icing sugar, 1 tablespoon of butter, and 1 tablespoon of port wine until smooth and spreadable. Spread over the cooled bars.

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