Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wicked Wednesday Wrecipes

I get some of Martha Stewart’s newsletters in my email; this one came a couple of weeks ago and knowing I was due to make the weekly stitching snack last week, I printed it out.

I was a bit skeptical when the “dough” was finished in its bowl: it looked like a bowl of moist crumbs!

But I followed her directions, and pressed it very firmly in the pan (I used a piece of plastic wrap to press thru) and viola! It worked! These were excellent, and not too difficult. The other girls liked them too.

Almond Fruit Bars

  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup fruit jam (I used low sugar strawberry)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8” square baking dish. In a bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter & sugars on high until light and fluffy; beat in egg yolk. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture. Stir in almonds.almond fruit bar2
  3. In a small bowl whisk jam to loosen it up to spread more easily. Gently press half the dough into bottom of prepared pan.

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4. With the back of a spoon, spread jam over dough, leaving a ¼ inch border so jam doesn’t stick to sides of pan. almond fruit bar3

5. Sprinkle remaining dough over top all the way to the edges; press firmly to form top layer. Use a piece of wrap to keep your hands clean.almond fruit bar4

6. Bake until top is golden, 25-30 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Cut into bars with serrated knife.

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