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Raspberry Streusel Bars

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Know that saying, “Keep is simple, stupid?” When it comes to baking, I can’t. Actually….I can’t.

I frequently have the problem where I have cartons of berries sitting in my fridge. Even after repeated trips made back to the fridge due to hunger, boredom, feigned hunger, full-but-still-want-to-eat hunger, the berries are still in the fridge.

It seems sacrilegious to just shovel perfect raspberries into my mouth. Why eat them ‘as-is’ when they could be adorned on top of a buttery crust and topped with more buttery crumbs? Why not make berry scones instead? Why not make a raspberry sorbet instead? The possibilities are endless and I usually find myself on a frantic search to make that perfect raspberry recipe.

A couple weeks ago, I found myself stranded with a few perfect berries wasting away.  There wasn’t enough to make scones so I had to resort to the next best things: raspberry bars. I suppose I was inspired by the horrible bars I’m subject to eat when I venture outdoors to make something more exciting and happy. Imagine buttery shortbread, raspberries, and more buttery crumbs — perfection.  While I had to stash most of them in the freezer and safely away from the reaches of my monstrous appetite, I’m already planning my next outing outdoors… only so I can eat them again.

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour

Filling

  • 3/4 cup raspberry preserves
  • 12-16 fresh raspberries

Streusel

  • 1/2 cup (40g) old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup (70g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 300°F (149°C). Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving enough overhang on all sides. Set aside.

Make the crust: Stir the melted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove the crust from the oven, and turn the oven up to 350°F (177°C). Spread preserves over warm crust. Dot the preserves with raspberries on top.

Make the streusel: Whisk the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour together in a medium bowl. Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender or two forks (or even with your hands) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the filling with streusel and bake for 30–35 minutes or until the streusel is golden brown. The raspberry filling should be bubbling on the edges.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes at room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (or overnight). Lift the foil or parchment out of the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into bars. I usually cut them into 16 smaller bars, but you can cut them into 12 larger bars.  These raspberry bars can be enjoyed at room temperature or cold. I personally like them cold.

Make ahead tip: The bars will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 days. You can freeze the bars for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving and glazing.

Receipt modified slightly from Sallys Baking Addiction

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