Sunday, May 3, 2020

Raspberry Bars with Oatmeal Crumble Topping



Raspberry Bars with Oatmeal Crumble Topping



These easy raspberry bars have an oatmeal crumble filling and come together in about 30 minutes! Perfect any time of the year for the holidays and more!


INGREDIENTS
  •  1 cup all-purpose flour
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  1/2 cup granulated sugar
  •  pinch salt, optional and to taste
  •  1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  •  1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  •  about 12 ounces raspberry preserves (with or without seeds)
  •  3/4 cup old-fashioned whole-rolled oats (don’t use quick cook or instant, they’re finer and behave like flour and will make mixture too dry)


INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To a large, microwave-safe bowl add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the sugars, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  4. Add the flour, oats, optional salt, and stir to combine. Mixture will have some larger, well-formed crumble pieces as well as some sandier, dryer bits.
  5. Set 1 heaping cup mixture aside to be sprinkled on later as crumble topping.
  6. Transfer remaining mixture to prepared pan, and using a spatula or your fingers, hard-pack the mixture to create an even, smooth, flat crust.
  7. Evenly spread the raspberry preserves over the crust making sure there’s complete coverage. Preserves should be about 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thick.
  8. Evenly sprinkle with the reserved heaping 1 cup crumble topping mixture. Before sprinkling, I squeeze the mixture in my palm to encourage bigger crumble pieces to form.
  9. Bake for about 30 to 32 minutes, or until edges are set and center has just set and is lightly golden browned. Place pan on a wire rack and allow bars to cool for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving. Enjoy your breakfast!