Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Best Raspberry Bars
Raspberry Streusel Bars
found in Cooks Illustrated
2 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks plus 2 T butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup pecans, chopped fine
3/4 cup raspberry preserves (I sometimes substitute homemade strawberry or rhubarb jam, whichever I have on hand)
3/4 cup raspberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil. Spray foil with nonstick spray.
In a mixer, mix flour, granulated sugar, and salt until combined. Slowly add 1/2 cup of butter until the mixture looks like damp sand (1 or 2 minutes).
Measure 1 1/4 cups of this mixture and set aside. Put the remainder of the mixture in the bottom of the pan and press down evenly. Bake 15 minutes or until it starts to brown.
While the crust is baking, add brown sugar, oats and nuts to the reserved flour mixture. Work in the remaining butter.
Combine the preserves, raspberries, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Mash with fork until combined but some berry pieces remain.
Spread filling over the hot crust and sprinkle streusel topping over evenly. Return pan to oven and bake 22-25 minutes. Cool to room temperature.