Monday, November 17, 2014

Jelly Crumb Bars

Yummy. Yummy
I like making deserts more than I actually like eating them. It’s nothing against the food, its good but I just like my calories in other ways. The other night we were having a at home date night, and after a long week we were looking for an easy night. So after looking on Pinterest for a while I came across this recipe. The original recipe was from another blog Cooking Classy and in that recipe it calls from Raspberry Crumb Bars. The recipe seemed easy enough, it looked good and we had all of the ingredients. All of these things made for an easy decision for dessert. 

Mixing it up
We here a little short on raspberry jam so I used a combination of raspberry and blackberry (my favorite jam); also I didn't quite follow the directions and just mixed all of the dry ingredients at the same time. I don't think it had any effect on in; I will in the future follow the directions to see.

I think what I like about these bars that if you add chocolate chips and nuts you could even turn them into granola bars, albeit not very healthy bars but they would be delicious.
Jelly in
Crumbs on Top, ready for the oven
Raspberry Crumb Bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 9 - 12 bars

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned)
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup fruit jelly, (I used raspberry and blackberry)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang of foil on two sides. Grease foil.

Out of the oven and cooling
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in oats and brown sugar, and use clean fingertips as needed to break up brown sugar clumps. Add butter, and using fingertips, work butter into mixture until evenly moistened.

Add 2 cups of the oat mixture to the prepared baking dish and press into an even layer. Spread raspberry jam into an even layer over oat layer, coming within 1/4-inch of all edges. Sprinkle top evenly with remaining oat mixture, then slightly press into jam layer.

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 34 - 38 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Source: adapted from allrecipes

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