So….thankfully my darling friend put a wonderful post together!! She’s back!!! Natalie of The Dinner Club is back with another great recipe for you all! Her Strawberry Cherry Jam Bars are to die for!
Seriously though, they far FAR surpassed the original recipe and I knew from that moment on, I would never look at oats the same way again. I’m a changed woman because of these bars.
Back to reality. The recipe doesn’t state it but I poured a basic powdered sugar glaze over top them after they had cooled (but before I cut into it). One of the best things about this recipe is its very forgiving. I’ve made it with a little more butter (hehehe), a little less sugar, a little more oats…just follow the basic measurements but you can fudge it a bit if you’re running low on something.
-1 1/2 cup flour-1 1/2 cup rolled oats (instant) -1 cup packed brown sugar -1 tsp baking powder-1/2 tsp salt -12 oz strawberry or strawberry cherry jam (recipe to follow)-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.-Mix flour, oats, sugar, baking powder & salt in a large bowl.-Add cubed butter and fork through dry mixture until it resembles crumbs.-Butter/spray with nonstick spray a 9″x13″ baking dish.-Take half the oat mixture and press it down into the baking dish to form the bottom layer of the bars.-Spread jam evenly on top of bottom oat layer.-Take remaining half of oat mixture, spread evenly and gently press down to create top layer.-Bake 30-40 minutes til light golden brown around edges.-Let cool completely before cutting into bars.
-1/2 to 1 cup fresh pitted cherries (depending on how tart they are)-4 to 5 tbsp sugar -1/2 tsp vanilla extract-Juice of 1/2 lemon -Add all ingredients into a small sauce pan and stir over medium heat.-After a few minutes, when the fruit has softened, take a potato mashed and mash up the fruit.-Continue to cook over medium heat, allowing to boil slightly. Stir occasionally. -Cook until mixture has reduced and is thick. Jam will thicken more as it cools. Slightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman.