OK. Another recipe for you. Not hard. I don’t do hard recipes. The finished product is pictured here. It’s called:
OLD WORLD RASPBERRY BARS *
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Butter (I use unsalted)
1 Cup Chopped Pecans (I used almonds) (optional)
2-1/4 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
10 oz. Raspberry Jam or Preserves
Preheat oven to 350 (F).
Grease an 8-inch square (1.5 qt) baking dish.
Combine all ingredients except raspberry jam.
Beat at low speed til mixture is crumbly (2-3 mins).
Reserve 1-1/2 cups crumb mixture and set aside.
Press remaining crumb mixture into greased baking dish. Spread jam to within 1/2-inch of the edge of the unbaked crumb mixture. Place the remaining crumb mixture over the jam (this is tricky, so I just put blobs of the mixture a small piece at a time all over the top of the jam and it covered it all nicely).
Bake near center of oven for 42-50 mins until light brown.
Cool completely and cut into bars.
* This recipe came from a book called Marblehead Cooks.
So there you go. These were for dessert last night. I have to recommend only eating a half of one at a time, though. We each had one (we’d been dreaming about them all thru supper) but one was definitely too much. The crumb mixture is kind of plain. I used unsalted butter and I think either using salted butter OR a tsp. of salt in the mixture might be best. Of course, I know a lot of you won’t like the 2 sticks of butter here. I guess you could substitute vegetable oil or Crisco (or even “I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Butter”, but I didn’t try that. I like to go with the exact recipe so I don’t have to take the blame when they don’t come out good. But these are lovely fruity bars. Substituting any type of jam or preserves (like that delicious Amaretto Peach Jam from Stonewall Kitchen!!!) would work, no doubt.
I have a couple more recipes for you, and since several people have said they like me doing these, you got it! (Be careful what you wish for here!)
P.S. Just heard on the news that 8, no NINE advertisers have pulled out of the Rush program. Go us!
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