Tuesday, February 19, 2013

tasty tuesday vol 7 - Lemon and Strawberry Jam Crumb Bars

These just looked way to good to not make them for my belly this week. So Sunday morning, when my normal baking inspiration kicked in, I got to work. It was a very simple recipe. I did have to add extra jam though. 1/2 cup just didn't cover the entire dish, so it ended up being more like 3/4 cup that I used. 


Meyer Lemon & Strawberry Jam Crumb Bars (via Tutti Dolci)
1 2/3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
5 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
Zest of 1 Meyer lemon
1 large egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup strawberry jam

6 Tbsp powdered sugar, sifted
1-2 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice
1/4 tsp Meyer lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl.
Beat butter and sugars in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy; add Meyer lemon zest. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture until just combined; dough will resemble coarse meal. Reserve 1 cup dough for topping; use a sheet of parchment to press remaining dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking dish.
Place jam in a small bowl and microwave briefly (about 10 seconds); whisk to loosen. Use a small spatula or the back of a spoon to gently spread jam over dough. Toss remaining dough with 2 teaspoons water to form large crumbs; sprinkle over jam filling. Bake until top is golden, about 23 minutes. Cool completely in baking dish on a rack, then cut into bars with a sharp knife.
To prepare glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, Meyer lemon zest, and juice in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over bars and let set before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
Yield – 12 bars (serving size: 1 bar)
The glaze came out tasting like super sweet lemonade. It was so awesome! I don't usually make cookies or bars (other than chocolate chip- or special cookies at Christmas time) but I may start after tasting these! So yummy and really easy to make.