Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Chocolate Raspberry Crumble Bars

I was debating whether or not to bake something today. I really didn't need too but then when friends called to come over it was all the motivation I needed to whip up this tasty treat.

These raspberry bars are so simple and easy to make. I've made them many, many times before and they have never failed me. The bars consist of a shortbread crust topped with raspberry jam and chocolate chips. That's it. Reserved crumb mixture is sprinkled on top and then baked for 40 minutes until golden.

We ate them warm out of the oven and they were perfect - crisp buttery crust with just the right amount of tart jam and sweet chocolate to satisfy any sweet craving. Try them today!

Chocolate Raspberry Crumble Bars

1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp icing sugar

Filling:
3/4 cup raspberry jam
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Line 9 x 13 metal pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
In bowl, beat together butter, sugar and salt until fluffy; using wooden spoon, stir in flour. Set aside 1 cup for crumble; press remaining dough into prepared pan.
Spread jam evenly over base. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
Sprinkle fiiling with remaining crumble. Bake in 350 F oven until crumble is golden, about 40 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack. Dust with icing sugar. Makes 40 bars.
Note: Jam spreads easily if warmed in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Source: Canadian Living Holiday Best 2002.

4 comments:

miltonmama said...

perfetto!
these bars are gorgeous! there is something about the smell of chocolate and rasberries that is so enticing.
Canadian Baker is not sharing a major secret with her blog-readers!! She infuses her baking with so much love that one can taste it. You feel as if the dessert is made specifically for *just* you. That is the sign of her mastery over baking; her desserts don't just taste good they make people *feel* and experience something.

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kickpleat said...

oh wow, that sounds like my dream bar recipe! i'm totally going to try that out soon. thanks :)

Ivonne said...

Jen,

Thank you! You have proven my belief that there is always a reason to bake!

The bars look fantastic and I love the little chocolate chips ... great photo!