The word “turnover” first appeared in print in 1798 (Oxford English Dictionary), but the 1753 edition of The Complete Housewife: or Accomplish’d Gentlewoman’s Companion includes a recipe for an early version called “Pasties.” These were made with apples, ambergris or orange flower water, and puff paste. Our recipe doesn’t have anything as exotic as orange flower water or ambergris, but they are gluten free and taste fabulous! Difficult to make the first time, they get easier once you get the hang of it, and are certainly worth the effort. These are filled with cherry pie filling but you can use any filling you want – including savories if you omit the sugar.
This square has a sweet and sticky date filling sandwiched between two layers of an oat-based crumble. Called a date square in most places, in Western Canada and Northern England it’s also known as a matrimonial square or cake. There are various conjectures as to why including the idea that the crumble and date filling marry together in perfect harmony or the theory that “dates” will lead to matrimony. Our money is on Gastronomica’s account that the cake evolved from ancient Roman traditions around marriage and is part of the evolution of the modern-day wedding cake (Click here for the full article). Either way, here is a gluten free version of an oldie but a goodie. This recipe is a conversion of Jean Paré’s version of Matrimonial Squares.