Thursday, February 28, 2013

Recipe | Barefoot Contessa Raspberry Crumble Bars


Well, I had planned to post some Valentine's Day pictures but then I realized I had yet to post this recipe and to keep it from you for a moment longer is just cruel.  I received Ina's latest book, Foolproof, for my birthday in October.  I've made my way through much of the book, along with many instagram friends.  We even chronicle our recipe expereinces with the hashtag #barefootcontessabookclub, it's fun to see what others have made and what they think of the recipes. Not just from Foolproof, but all Barefoot recipes.   In each of her books I find a handful of recipes that I know from the first time I make them they are destined to become standbys in our home.  Such was the case with these raspberry bars.  The first time I made them was for the Downton Abbey premier.  I was heading to a freind's house and made the salted carmael brownies and these crumble bars to share.  I craved them every single day there after.  I've made the recipe 4 times now in the span of a couple months. That good.  I'm going through jars of raspberry jam like nobody's businesess. My favorite raspberry jam is Bonne Maman. But in a pinch, Trader Joe's makes a really god one too.


Raspberry Crumble Bars

Ingredients
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
10 to 12 ounces good raspberry jam
2/3 cup good granola 

1/4 cup sliced almonds
Confectioners' sugar, for sprinkling


Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on medium speed just until combined. With the mixer on low, add the vanilla.

Sift the flour and salt together and, with the mixer on low, slowly add to the butter mixture, mixing until it almost comes together in a ball. Turn the dough out on a board. Lightly pat two-thirds of the dough evenly on the bottom of a 9-inch square baking pan and about 1/4-inch up the sides. Spread with the jam, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Mix the granola into the remaining dough with your hands. Break the dough into small bits and distribute it on top of the jam, covering most of the surface. Sprinkle the almonds on top. Bake the bars for 45 minutes, until lightly browned.

Cool completely and cut into 9 or 12 bars. Sprinkle lightly with confectioners' sugar.







17 comments :

  1. Love a crumble bar! And these look extra delicious :)

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  2. Tessa those look great !!!! Have a good day

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  3. Tessa, These look delicious. In the recipe you wrote 1/2 pound butter (2 sticks). Which one is correct? Thanks!

    Anne

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    1. both! :) 2 sticks of butter = 1/2 pound.

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    2. Thanks! I was thinking 1/2 cup - not pound! Sorry about that.

      Anne

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  4. My tummy is growling as I sit here eyeing these delicious-looking raspberry bars. Yum! Thanks for sharing.
    Claudia

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  5. Yummy! Your blog always makes me hungry :)

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  6. I'm obsessed with that cookbook!! These crumble bars are amaze - love your extra touch of sugar on top, too. delish!

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  7. I have got to try these! Your pics are amazing! Wishing I could reach through the screen and grab one to eat with my coffee! xo, Ashley

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  8. I am a big Ina fan, too. I think I have all of her books, except for the latest. I am anxious to get a copy, and now even more that I have seen your raspberry bars! I love the idea of your recipe club.

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  9. First time stopping by your lovely blog! These look delicious:). I too am a fan and need to pick up her latest book.

    Leslie

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  10. My first time here and your blog is lovely, so glad I found you. Raspberry bars are one of my favorite treat, must make once my oven is fixed :(

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  11. Yummy!! I can't wait to try this recipe over the weekend. Your photos are so lovely!!

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  13. I am a random follower of your blog and I also follow you on instagram ;) I love your taste in just about everything(clothes, home decor and food)! I also am a huge ina fan and my mom and I have made these bars about 8 times since we got the book for Christmas! They are my new favorite dessert!! Thanks for allowing me to peek into your life bc I really enjoy it! I am a mom of 2 boys too!

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  14. These look amazing! Do you know if they freeze well? I am hosting a bridal shower in a month, and I am hoping to do much of the baking in advance. Thanks so much!

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  15. I make these all the time....easy and delish.

    New to your blog - I like it very much.

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