Oatmeal Jammy Bars
Makes 10 bars
These delicious jammy bars get most of their sweetness from the jam filling. The crumbly pastry, with its oatmeal and nut crunch, is reminiscent of a crumble topping. If you like your bars sweeter, add an additional ½ cup (5 oz/155 g) jam. Let the kids mix the crumbly dough and assemble the bars. After making them, they will likely insist on bringing them to school in their lunchbox-a healthy and yummy snack.
- 1½ cups (7½ oz/235 g)
- all-purpose (plain) flour
- ½ cup (3½ oz/105 g) firmly packed golden brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
- ¾ cup (6 oz/185 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 1¼ cups (3¾ oz/115 g) old-fashioned rolled oats
- ¼ cup (1 oz/30 g) ground pecans or almonds (optional)
- ½ cup (5 oz/155 g)
- berry jam, homemade (page 102) or store-bought
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter a 9-inch (23-cm) square baking pan or dish.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda, using your hands to combine thoroughly. Scatter the butter pieces over the flour mixture and cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or two kitchen knives until the mixture is moist and crumbly. Add the oats and nuts, if using, and toss to mix evenly.
- Press two-thirds of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the jam evenly over the top. Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the top, and press down lightly.
- Bake until the top is golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack, and then cut into bars.
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