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French Squares / Jammy Dodgers

I spotted these large square biscuits in the window of a patisserie called Liberté and thought that they looked fun. They are made using the classic French Paté sablée or 'sweet pastry', which is rich and buttery. The pastry is very short so it's important to let it rest; this makes it easier to handle. Raspberry jam works well, but you can try other jams instead.

Makes 6 Prep 20mins Bake 12-14 minutes


  • 275g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 220g unsalted butter, cut into dice

  • 100g icing sugar, sifted

  • 2 medium eggs

  • a pinch of salt

  • 140g seedless raspberry jam


  • 9cm and 4.5cm square cutters


1. Place the flour, butter, icing sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Rub together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolks and bring together to form a ball.

2. On a lightly floured surface, knead gently to form a smooth ball of dough. Wrap this in clingfilm and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

3. Line two baking trays with parchment.

4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 0.5cm thick. Using a 9cm square cutter, cut out 12 squares. You will need to re-roll the trimmings. Using a 4.5cm sure cutter, make a square hole in the middle of six of the large square biscuits. Place the biscuits on the prepared trays and put into the fridge to rest for 30 minutes.

5. Preheat your oven to 170°C/Gas 3.

6. Bake the biscuits for 12 to 14 minutes until pale and just beginning to colour, but cooked through. The biscuits will be soft whilst warm, so leave on the trays for a few minutes until they have set, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool.

7. Once cooled, take the whole biscuits and turn them upside down. Place a dollop of jam in the middle of each one. Spread it out a little, being careful not to go into the edges. Top each one with a biscuit with a hole in and gently push together.

Taken from Paul Hollywood’s The Weekend Baker, published by Penguin/Michael Joseph Photograph © Issy Crocker


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