Raspberry Crumble Bars

“Come summer, these raspberry crumble bars are on regular rotation at our house. To keep things simple, the...
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Signe Birck

“Come summer, these raspberry crumble bars are on regular rotation at our house. To keep things simple, the shortbread dough that’s used for the base doubles as a crunchy topping.” — Anna Watson Carl, author of The Yellow Table

 

Notes

Reprinted with permission from The Yellow Table, published in 2015 by Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. © Anna Watson Carl. Photography by Signe Birck.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 Cup plus two tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 Cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 1/4 Cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/3 Cup raspberry jam
  • 1 Cup fresh raspberries

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a food processor, pulse together the flour, brown sugar, and salt. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture comes together to form a dough. Turn the dough out into a bowl and use your hands to gently knead in the oats and pecans.

Set aside 1/2 cup of the dough and press the rest into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the raspberry jam evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick border. Arrange the raspberries over the jam, then sprinkle with clumps of the reserved 1/2 cup of dough.

Bake until the edges are golden brown, about 30 minutes. It will be a bit gooey in the center when you take it out of the oven, but it firms up as it cools. Set the pan on a rack to cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting.

Run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the bars. Make one cut down the center, rotate the pan and make a second cut down the center to create four large bars. Using a large spatula, lift the bars out onto a big cutting board and cut them into smaller squares.

These are best when served the day they are baked, but you can store any remaining bars, in an airtight container, layered with parchment, at room temperature, up to 1 day.

Raspberry Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Raspberry Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.