Monday, February 11, 2013

Strawberry Bars

There is very little that I love about a recipe that is complicated, needlessly so, and more than half of the ingredients to make the finished product can't be found in your house already.

The second thing I hate about a recipe is having to have a chopper this, a grinder that, and that oh, so special hand tool to make it.  This recipe requires nothing but brutal strength (well, not really), but some muscle is required, a BIG bowl and a good spatula to mix everything up.

So, given everything above, this recipe is perfect for that late night sugar craving or the forgotten school party the next day you had forgotten you signed up for.  

Fear not... 

The Strawberry Bar!

 1 Box of Yellow Cake Mix
2 - 2 1/2 cups Quick Cooking Oats
3/4 cup Butter, melted
2 - 1 1/2 Cups Strawberry Jam
1 tbsp Water
Parchment Paper

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Using a 9 x 13 pan; line it with parchment paper.

In a large bowl add the yellow cake mix, oats and melted butter; mix well until blended. 
The cake and butter should be well mixed and the cake mixture should look crumbly.

Place half of the cake mixture in the bottom of the pan, pressing well into the corners of the pan and patting it down to make the crust.  If you feel you need to take a little more from the remaining half set aside to fill in the crust, do so.

In another bowl mix the jam and water together.

Using a the back of a spoon or an off-set spatula, spread out the jam mixture on top of the crust.  If you haven't lined the pan with parchment paper do not spread the jam to the very ends of the crust or you will never get the bars out after it has been baked or even in one piece.

Sprinkle the remaining cake mixture over the top of the bars.  I like to press down slightly to adhere to the jam, but not hard enough to give the bars a smashed look.

Bake for 18 to 25 minutes or until the top looks slightly browned.

Let the bars cool; cutting them into 2x2 bars.  Store them in a air-tight container.
I like to place the pars in the fridge overnight to have them really set.

* All photographs have an embedded watermark