Sweet Saturday

When my cousin visited us back in May, she made strawberry bars for us one night. These bars are a variation of her recipe. She makes hers with frozen strawberries in syrup, and you could very well do the same, but I prefer to make these with fresh strawberries. The frozen berries just seem to kindof melt apart whereas the fresh berries hold their shape a bit better; and there is something so delicious about a large chunk of strawberry ensconced in jam and sandwiched between pastry! I also added oatmeal to the pastry, because I like the texture and slight chewiness it adds but you could definitely leave it out.

These bars are so delicious, and as bars they are perfect for packing up to take along to a picnic or potluck. They are layers of crispy topping, chewy filling and crunchy bottom, and are as delicious with a scoop of ice cream alongside as without. I may or may not have eaten these for breakfast. Come on! They have oatmeal and strawberries in them… that counts as breakfast, right? RIGHT? Right.

Fresh Strawberry Jam Bars

Crust/Topping:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt

Filling:

  • 2 lbs strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 Tablespoons cornstarch

 Preheat the oven to 350 f. Butter the sides (you don’t need to butter the bottom, this is just so the strawberries don’t stick) of a rectangular 9×13 Pyrex or cake pan. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, oats, sugar, salt, melted butter and vanilla. Mix until combined. Press about half of the mixture into the bottom of the pan, reserving the rest. Bake the crust for 10 minutes.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat stir together the sugar, pinch of salt, lemon juice and water until the sugar is dissolved. Add in the berries and cook for ten minutes until they are slightly softened. Mix the corn starch with a little bit of water and stir into the berries. Cook until the mixture is thickened. Pour over the crust…

 and sprinkle with the remaining pastry dough.

Place in the oven & bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden. Let cool & cut into bars.

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