These Partridgeberry Crumble Squares are a traditional Newfoundland treat that I’ve always enjoyed at Christmas. A sweet cookie base, topped with tart berry jam and topped with a crumble mixture. Perfect with a cup of tea!
Personally, I love them. I only make them once a year and it’s always December. Wait, let me backtrack a bit. I have only been making them “again” since 2015. Prior to that I didn’t make them since I left Newfoundland back in 1997. Yes, a dinosaur era ago.
You might say, if I love them so much why the long wait? Well, you see partridgeberries don’t grow too well in a Mediterranean climate last I checked. So Christmas after Christmas would pass and there would be no partridgeberry crumble squares donning the cookie tray. They basically almost became forgotten about like so many other skeletons in the past.
Here’s what I wrote Two Years Ago
So, I just learned something that I never knew before. Partridgeberries do grow outside of Newfoundland!!!! I never in my life knew this and was almost in shock when I realized the other day.
This was how it came about. I was in Ikea on Friday and I was looking through their jam selections. There were the normal ones, strawberry, raspberry & blueberry. Then I noticed a jam called Lingonberry. I never heard of it. Ikea being a Sweedish store, I assumed it was a Sweedish berry. I read the back and it was translated in Spanish to cranberries. But then it was given the Latin name of Vaccinium vitis-idaea that I thought I had vaguely seen somewhere before. I bought the jam to see what it really was. When I opened it at home and tasted it…”Partridgeberry Jam!” So, I quickly searched Lingonberries up only to discover it is a partridgebery with a different name. Then I went on to learn that they do grow in many different northern climates. Not just Newfoundland! I am very excited.
With the jam I bought on Friday, I made these delicious partridgeberry crumble squares. I can have my old fashioned Christmas after all. After just about 18 years living in Spain, I never dreamt I would be making partirdgeberry crumbles in my kitchen. Thank you Ikea for making my December even better!
Two years on, I am still excited to be able to get this jam at Ikea. If you are wondering what that jam looks like, click the link here and you can find it. It has been making my Christmas special for a few years now. Also just a fun fact, this recipe posted back in 2015 is one of most viewed recipes on the blog this December! So, it looks like I am not the only one with a partridgeberry craving.
Notes About the Partridgeberry Crumble Squares
If I could get my hands on real partridgeberries, I would make my own jam. Because, yes, it just is better. I am not knocking the Ikea stuff, but you can’t beat the fresh taste of homemade. This recipe does not include the jam making in case you were wondering.
- Make the crumble mixture and dived it in half. Put a layer on the bottom and press it down. Then fill with jam and top with another crumb mixture not pressed down. How easy is that?
- You could use any preserves in the middle if you aren’t to sure about this kind. Think Blueberry, cranberry, strawberry or anything berry really. I have even done them with fresh apricots before and they were delicious.
If you haven’t already tried them, why not add them to your Christmas cookie plate this year. Happy baking!
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Partridgeberry Crumble Squares
- 1 1/2 Cups plain flour
- 1 1/2 Cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 Cup brown sugar
- 3/4 Cup butter
- 2 Cups Partridgeberry jam
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line a 9 x 9 inch baking tin.
- Combine flour, oats, sugar and butter and mix with your fingers until it is crumbly. Press about 1/2 of the mixture into your pan and flatten it out evenly. Spread over your jam and then top with the rest of the crumb mixture. Lightly flatten the crumb mixture.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until it is a golden colour. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Cut into squares when cooled. These can be stored in the fridge for about a week and in the freezer for a month or so.