Saturday, 24 November 2012

Raspberry Streusel Bars




It's been a crazy year. The last week of classes is just around the corner, and I can just smell the endless hours that I'm going to spend studying for exams. The late nights. The coffee. Then forgetting it all as I first look at the exam.

Let me tell you about how forgetful I am. I was supposed to meet 3 of my classmates and my professor at a restaurant to discuss our program, and what we will be doing next year. What's wrong with that you ask?

Well, apart from the fact that I just completely forgot about it, I live 1.5-2 hours away from the school (by bus) so they waited for me, until I showed up 1 hour and 45 minutes late. And they even bought my food.




So while I'm a little afraid that my memory is fading away before it's time, I can at least bake to make me forget about this embarrassing afternoon.

And what better to bake then raspberry filled streusel bars? These were perfect, and great for an on-the-go breakfast in case I forget to meet someone else later this week.





What you'll need:

-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-2/3 cup white sugar
-18 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup oats
-3/4 cup rasrpberry jam
-3/4 cup fresh raspberries
-1 tablespoon lime juice


Directions:

    1.   Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray.
    2.   Combine flour, white sugar, and 16 tablespoons of butter until fully combined.
    3.   Measure 1 1/4 cups of the flour mixture evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan, pressing evenly to make a bottom layer. Bake until the edges begin to brown, around 14-18 minutes.
    4.   Meanwhile, add brown sugar and oats to the reserved flour mixture. Work in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter with your fingers.
    5.   Combine the raspberry jam, raspberries and lime juice in a small bowl. Mash with a fork until only some berry pieces remain.
    6.   Spread the raspberry mixture over the hot crust and sprinkle evenly with streusel topping. Return to the oven and bake for 22-25 minutes until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.


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Buttermilk Raspberry Almond Cake 
Greek Yogurt Raspberry Cheesecake 
Eggless Banana Chai Latte Cookies 

18 comments:

  1. My memory is not so good either, but it happens to us all at some point :) Those bars look awesome, I prefer bars over cookies!

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  2. Ah good old student brain. I remember it fondly :) at least you aren't forgetting about the most important thing....FOOD! The streusel bars look delicious. Well done.

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  3. My memory is terrible, at least you remember even if you did turn up late. Bless them for waiting for you and then buying you food. I forget my hospital appointments and don't even remember until the day after at least!

    These raspberry streusel bars do look like the perfect way to deal with stress. I'll take a whole batch please! I can only imagine how good these are for breakfast with a hot cup of tea. Definitely worth getting up for in the cold mornings!

    -Lisa.
    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

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  4. YUMMY! These bars look so inviting & delicious! Would love to have some now! :)

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  5. Man, you should've brought these with you after showing up late! This is worth waiting for. Don't stress out too much! Chill, girl! Put your feet up and eat these lovelies.

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  6. Ooh, these look delicious. Love streusel!

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  7. These look delicious, and healthier too with the use of oats and wholemeal flour. I would love to have this for a treat!

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  8. I could eat way too many of these and still not be satisfied :D
    YUM!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. One of my favorite bars! They are so good when you want something with tea or coffee!

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  10. looks soooooooo delicious... i'm salivating, but omg 18 tbsp of butter, these bars would send me to the gym. :) Happy THanksgiving.

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  11. Mmmmmmm ! Those raspberry bars look delicious ! I would really like some of it now :D

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  12. These raspberry bars are right up my alley!

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  13. I had this great comment to make, but then I forgot it. ;-) Actually I've gotten to the point where I have to write stuff down, otherwise I do forget it. I'm hopeless in the grocery store without a list, for example. I'll go for milk, and if it isn't written down, I'll come back with everything except milk! Anyway, it'd be hard to forget these little gems. Love the flavors! Good stuff - thanks.

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  14. Especially around the holidays, I definitely have forgetful moments like that. No better way to make up for it (or to console yourself) than with a delicious dessert! This looks great!

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  15. These would be a perfect breakfast treat!

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  16. Haha, sometimes you just forget things! At least they ordered for you.

    These bars look lovely. I always want to try making raspberry streusel bars, but never get around to them.

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