Monday, December 19, 2011

Crumbly Jam Bars

These are delicious bars I baked recently using the orange marmalade which I had and these are perfect for the season. They bring in the Christmassy joy feeling and are scrumptious. They can also be a part of gift parcels, but the top crumbly layer makes them a bit messy - though perfect for children. I had adapted the recipe from here without any changes.


Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour: 1.1/4 cups
Brownsugar: 1/2 cup packed
Baking Soda: 1/4 tsp
Powdered Cinnamon :1/4 tsp

Butter: 1/2 cup (8 tbsp) cold cut into 8 pieces

Orange Marmalade/ Any other Jam: 1/2-3/4 cup

Pecans: 1/2 cup chopped

Preparation:
In a blender mix together flour,soda,sugar and cinnamon. Add in butter pieces and pulse through to get a wet mass that resembles coarse bread crumbs. The dough should hold together when the pressed within hands. Remove 1/2 cup of  this dough and keep aside.

Press the remaining dough on the bottom of an ungreased /unlined baking dish. The recipe mentioned 9 ' dish whereas an 8' square worked for me. Spread with jam if possible evenly leaving about 1/4 ' at the four edges. 

Meanwhile pulse/mix together the pecans and the 1/2 cup of dough. Crumble or sprinkle the dough on top of the jam without mixing it in.

Bake for about 30- 40 minutes in a preheated oven at 350F/ 175C  or more until the edges start browning and the marmalade bubbles and sort of peeps through the top layer. Mine took barely 31-32 minutes. Take out and let the bars cool completely in the dish on the wire rack. 

The baking collage is like..


Cut into pieces and serve with tea as a snack or with icecream as a dessert.


I simply sprinkled the dough on top of the jam rather than shaping with my hands and then placing on top. But this sort of made the dish a bit messy as small brown particles of dough started falling out when I tried to cut into bars/pieces. So slightly press the top layer on top of the jam carefully without mixing in or shape small pieces within hands and place these on top if the jam.

Whatever it is these are perfect to welcome the yuletide.

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