Yorkshire Recipes


Paradise Squares

This recipe for ‘Paradise Squares’  was found by food writer, Joan Poulson, in an old East Yorkshire farm recipe book .


  • 4 oz(113g) butter
  • 4 oz (113g) caster sugar
  • 2 oz  (55g) ground rice
  • 2 oz (55g) chopped walnuts
  • 2 oz (55g) glace cherries
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of sultanas
  • Shortcrust pastry


  1. Line a shallow 8″ square tin with the shortcrust pastry
  2. Cream the butter and sugar
  3. Beat the egg, and mix with butter, sugar and ground rice
  4. Stir in the nuts and fruit and put mixture into the tin. Smooth the top
  5. Bake at 400°F until golden brown – approx. 30 minutes
  6. Whilst still warm from the oven, sprinkle with sugar
  7. Can be beaten warm as a pudding – delicious with custard
  8. Or it can be cut into squares when cold and eaten as a cake.


Source:  Joan Poulson (1974). Old Yorkshire Recipes. Hendon Publishing Co.

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