Fresh fruit products sell very well during the summer months. Fruit squares – pies that are baked in slabs and cut into pieces for individual sale – are excellent sellers at farmers’ markets, coffee shops, and convenience stores.
For these types of fruit bars I like using a flaky pie crust recipe, but any favorite dough will work. Roll out a piece of dough large enough to cover the bottom of your pan, spread fruit filling over the dough, then top with another piece of dough. For experienced bakers, a lattice top looks nice but weaving the strips can be hard. Or use a streusel topping, which is easy and quite attractive.
If making a large sheet seems daunting, start practicing with smaller pans. Below, a loaf pan is quite manageable.
Bake until the top crust is brown and the filling has started to bubble. Cool completely before cutting, or the filling will not hold up.
If using local and seasonal produce, make sure your signs and labels reflect this. Adding the farm’s name is a good marketing strategy and is appreciated by your friendly neighborhood farmers.
Home-Based Baking at its Best! Seasonal and local are key words.