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Raspberries. To me, they evoke memories of being a small child growing up in the farmlands of Illinois. I remember my dad had a riding lawn mower, and would take me for rides around the huge yard as he mowed the grass.
My mom had a huge – or so it seemed to preschooler me – garden patch. In this patch, she grew raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and a variety of other garden-fresh delights. I can still see the giant bowl of freshly picked raspberries she held at the back porch as I climbed down from the mower. They are my favorite type of berry to this day.
These raspberry bars don’t contain fresh raspberries, but the flavorful taste is still wonderful. The beauty of the bars is that they are not limited to a particular season. Whether you use a jar of jam that you bought at the store, or canned your own preserves, you can have that fresh taste of summer berries all year long.
While simple to make, they add a touch of elegance to the table. Try making them for the next afternoon tea or bridal shower you host. Your guests won’t be disappointed!
yield: 16 bars prep time: 10 min bake time: 25 min
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 10-oz jar seedless raspberry jam
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Beat butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.
- Add egg and vanilla, beating until well-blended.
- Add flour, beating until blended.
- Set one cup of the dough aside; press remaining dough firmly into a lightly greased 9×9 baking pan.
- Pour jam over crust, spreading evenly.
- Stir toasted pecans into the remaining 1 cup of dough.
- Sprinkle dough evenly over jam layer.
- Bake for 25-28 minutes, or until golden brown.
If you had three baking wishes, would you wish for more easy, delightful recipes? If so, check out the Gooseberry Patch line of cookbooks. I made this particular recipe from Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 8.
What is your favorite recipe to share for an afternoon tea or bridal shower? Drop a note and let me know!