January 24, 2011

Jam Bars

This recipe comes from one of my Dad's students at UW-Whitewater, where he taught speech communication.  In fact, he'd let my brother and I watch presentation speeches and critique his students.  I remember taking it very seriously because I was certain my Dad would consider our comments for the final grade.  Thinking back now that was highly doubtful considering we were around 10 years-old at the time :)

So anyway, one of my Dad's students did a presentation speech on how to make jam bars, and I've been making them ever since.  It's a quick and simple recipe, and even better if you have some local homemade jam to use!

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup jam

Mix together all ingredients except the jam.  I use a fork if I properly softened the butter, otherwise I use a pastry blender.  Pat 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9x9 pan.  Spread jam thinly and cover with remaining mixture.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

It's not easy to spread jam on the bottom crust.  This is the jammy mess I made attempting to spread the jam.  No worries though, no matter how unevenly it spreads, I promise it'll taste wonderful.

Jam bars are delicious in general, but they are exceptional straight from the oven with a glass of milk!