I spent a couple of days happily munching on my Quebec raspberries, but I realized I’d have to actually do something with them or they would go to waste. What to do, what to do? A memory of recipe for raspberry bars popped into my mind, and thankfully I had bookmarked it. The recipe for these raspberry crumb bars is courtesy of Smitten Kitchen. I should have realized, most of my bookmarked recipes come from there.
These bars were really easy to make. The recipe says to pulse everything in a food processor, but since I only have a mini one I mixed everything together with my hands. I think a pastry cutter would have worked too. I made a couple of other small changes; I swapped whole wheat flour for all purpose, cut back on the sugar, and baked them in a smaller pan. These bars are deeelicious. The tartness of the raspberries is perfectly cut by the sweetness of the oats. I had a hard time not eating them all as soon as I cut them.
Raspberry Crumb Bars
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/4 cup quick oats
- 3/4 packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Put all ingredients in a large bowl, mix with your fingertips or a pastry cutter until well combined (mixture will be crumbly)
- Press half the crust mixture into an 8×8 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Bake 12 to 15 minutes.
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- zest and juice of one lemon
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
- 1 pound raspberries
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- In a medium bowl, mix sugar, flour, cinnamon, lemon juice and zest, and butter together.
- Add raspberries to mixture, toss gently till all the raspberries are covered.
- Once bottom crust has baked for 12 minutes, cover with raspberry mixture and then with remaining crumb mixture. Press the crumb down gently.
- Bake for 35 to 45 minutes.
- Let cool completely before cutting into bars. Seriously. It will be tough, but if you cut them too soon they will just fall apart.