Raspberry Breakfast Bars

These lack nutritional value entirely, and are perhaps better suited to a tea time or midday snack. All the same, I often make them in the morning for afternoon consumption only to have half the pan devoured right out of the oven.


METHOD

Prepare the crust:

Preheat oven to 350°

Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with canola spray

Melt:

  • ¾ cup (1 ½  sticks) unsalted butter

In a small mixing bowl combine:

  • 2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • Pinch salt

Add butter to dry ingredients and stir with a fork to combine.

Press the mixture into the baking pan evenly. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden.

Remove from oven and spread a layer of raspberry jam on the crust (I probably use about ¼ cup or a bit more).

Top with about ½ cup streusel (see recipe at right) and return to the oven for about 15 minutes or until the jam bubbles up and the streusel is golden brown.

Allow to cool for a good 10 minutes before cutting.

Streusel:

Combine in a mixer with the paddle attachment:

  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • ½ t salt
  • ½ t nutmeg

Add and mix gently for 2-3 minutes until just combined:

  • ¼ cup (½ stick) cold unsalted butter, cubed

Keeps well in the fridge and in the freezer indefinitely. Be sure that it’s well covered to protect it from absorbing odors.