Hey there, dessert aficionados! Brace yourselves for a taste explosion because today, we’re diving into the world of the most heavenly Raspberry Crumble Bars you’ve ever encountered. I’m not kidding; these bars are the real MVPs of summer desserts, and I’m about to spill all the juicy details. ?✨
Why These Bars Are THE BEST:
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Imagine sinking your teeth into a soft, buttery haven that cradles the perfect balance of sweet and tart. These bars are like a dessert symphony – a soft oat-brown-sugar-butter cookie base, a symphony of raspberries in the middle, and a sprinkle of streusel-like crumbs on top. It’s a flavor party you won’t want to miss!
My Fruit Bar Philosophy:
I’ve got strong opinions about fruit bars. Crunchy? No, thank you. Overloaded with fruit? Nah. Almond extract flavor? Hard pass. What I want is exactly what you get with these Raspberry Crumble Bars. Soft, fruity, cookie-like bliss that’s a result of years of dedicated bar-eating research in church basements. Trust me, I know my stuff.
The Jammy Magic:
Get ready to elevate your raspberry game with a filling that’s both irresistible and slightly tart. Mixing fresh raspberries with raspberry preserves and a hint of lemon juice takes these bars to a whole new level. Pro tip: when working with jam, always toss in some fresh fruit for that extra texture and flavor pop!
Browning Butter 101:
Browned butter might sound like a culinary quest, but fear not – it’s a breeze. Just keep your eyes on the pan, whisk regularly, and in about 8 minutes, you’ll have liquid gold. Pour it into a bowl, and voila! Instant flavor upgrade. Seriously, browned butter makes everything taste richer. Try it – you’ll thank me later.
DIY Raspberry Jam Adventure:
Feeling adventurous? Why not whip up your own raspberry jam? It’s as easy as simmering fresh raspberries with sugar until it transforms into a luscious, homemade masterpiece. Trust me, the satisfaction of creating your own jam is unmatched.
Crumbly Goodness Unleashed:
The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. One shortbread dough does double duty for the crust and the crumbly topping. Press it down for the crust, spread that delightful raspberry filling, add a bit more rolled oats for chewiness, and crumble away. Effort? Minimal. Deliciousness? Maximum.
Ingredients That Make the Magic Happen:
Salted butter: For that extra flavor kick.
Unbleached all-purpose flour: Quality matters, and King Arthur Baking Company nails it.
Old-fashioned rolled oats: Chewiness on point.
Pure vanilla extract: Always go for the good stuff – Madagascar or Mexico, take your pick.
Dark brown sugar: Because more molasses means more caramel goodness.
Raspberries: Fresh, in-season perfection.
Kosher salt: Enhancing the raspberry crumb bars’ flavor game.
Substitutions for the Adventurous:
Feeling rebellious? Swap raspberries for blueberries, blackberries, or whatever tickles your taste buds. Gluten-free or vegan? No problem! Adapt the shortbread with gluten-free flour or vegan butter – these bars are your canvas.
So, what are you waiting for? Dive into the world of Jammy Raspberry Crumb Bars, and let your taste buds dance! ? Your summer dessert dreams just got a major upgrade. Happy baking! ??
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- 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup Rolled Oats (Old Fashioned)
- 1/2 cup firmly packed Light-Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
- 3/4 cup Raspberry Jam (seedless variety recommended)
Oven Preparation: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two opposite sides for easy removal of the bars. Lightly grease the foil after lining.
Dry Ingredient Mixture: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Add rolled oats and light-brown sugar, using clean fingertips to disperse any clumps of brown sugar for a uniform mixture.
Incorporating Butter: Add the softened unsalted butter to the bowl. Blend the butter into the dry ingredients using your fingertips until you achieve a consistently moistened mixture. This will serve as both the crumb base and topping for the bars.
Assembling the Base: Transfer about 2 cups of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Press the mixture down firmly to create a uniform and even layer, forming the base for the raspberry filling.
Adding the Raspberry Layer: Carefully spread the raspberry jam over the oat base, ensuring an even distribution. Maintain a small margin, approximately 1/4-inch, from the edges to prevent the jam from seeping out during baking.
Final Layer and Baking: Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture evenly over the raspberry layer, gently pressing it down to create a crumbly top. Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake until the surface achieves a golden brown color, typically taking about 34 to 38 minutes.
Cooling and Serving: After removing from the oven, it's crucial to let the Raspberry Crumb Bars cool completely in the dish. This cooling process is vital for the bars to set properly, making it easier to cut them into squares. Once cooled, lift the bars out using the foil overhang and cut them into your desired sizes. For storage, place the bars in an airtight container.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 6gCholesterol: 246mgCarbohydrates: 288gSugar: 10gProtein: 12g