Monday, May 7, 2012

SRC: Oatmeal Jam Bars

For this month's installment of the Secret Recipe Club, I was paired up with Amy of A Little Nosh.  I knew right away that I wanted to try her oatmeal jam bars, because I have so much jam that I canned last summer and still haven't managed to consume!  I think I might need to make smaller batches this year since I do love to try lots of different kinds of jam!  In any case, my surplus jam situation certainly makes for a good excuse to make baked goods with jam in them, such as these tasty oatmeal jam bars.  An oatmeal crumble is pressed into the pan to form a crust, topped with jam, and then more oatmeal crumble goes on top.  So easy - the recipe took maybe 10 minutes to prep, plus baking time - and so delicious!  This is definitely a winner - perfect to take to a summer barbecue or to snack on during one of these lovely, warm afternoons we've been having lately.

Oatmeal Jam Bars (adapted from A Little Nosh, original recipe from Rachel Ray)
Makes on 8x8 square pan

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup plus 2 T brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
6 T unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup jam (I used strawberry-black pepper jam)

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Line an 8x8 pan with parchment.
2. Whisk together the flour, brown sugar, salt, and cardamom.  Cut in the butter.  Mix in the rolled oats with your hands until the mixture is relatively uniform with some chunks of butter remaining.
3. Tip about 2/3 of the mixture into the prepared pan.  Press down with your fingers to create a crust.  Evenly spread the jam over the crust.  Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the jam.
4. Bake 25 minutes or so until the oats begin to brown.

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  1. Totally fabulous choice. Love your choice of strawberry black pepper jam - I need to find some of that!

  2. i'm a jam girl too...last summer i only made one kind though, this summer i hope to make more. your strawberry black pepper jam sounds out of this world!

  3. strawberry black pepper? wow, that is intriguing, and I'm sure delicious!

  4. This looks lovely. Love jam bars. Great choice for SRC.

  5. that is a great recipe. I think I'm going to give it a try!

  6. Wow, I love everything about this: the oats, the pepper in the jam, and the cardamom! Great pick for this month's SRC.

  7. Sweet and healthy looking. Great!

  8. These sound really good! I've made something similar before and loved it too! Tasty and healthy - my kinda food! :o)

  9. This is a great recipe! I didn't have any cardemom, so I used cinnamon. I also didn't have any jam, so I used some homemade cinnamon applesauce instead. I love recipes that can be adapted to what is in my pantry.