My 7 year old is a Jam Snob. When I made these Strawberry Jam Bars she politely ate one then after our friends had gone she looked at me and said "So I wasn't a big fan of the bars. You see, I liked the top and the bottom, but that jam, that wasn't good jam. You should get some good jam."
Insert Eye Roll.
Note to self: drive 45 minutes out to Springridge Farms to buy strawberry jam. Because grocery store jams - ew. Also so are apparently jams with large pieces of fruit. That little bit there reassures me that she is still 7.
It is purely coincidental that this Strawberry Jam Bars post goes live on Valentine's Day, but the red works don't you think? I was musing recently how my Valentine's Day preplanning is now solely focused on the kids/school. My cousin Sanober - cousin in law if you must be technical - took a thought provoking approach right over here. Parent friends read it and let me know what you think!
Now back to the Strawberry Jam Bars, they are easy peasy and totally customizable. You make one mix and that's the base and the crust. You are welcome to make your own filling, but this is my lazy day baking so I always skip it. Also strawberries aren't exactly in season right now!
A super simple bar where the delicious crust is also the topping!
- 250 ml your favourite jam (a little less is ok too!)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup flour (can use WW Pastry Flour)
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp sugar (optional, but recommended if your jam isn't super sweet)
- ½ cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 350F and line a square tin with parchment paper (for easy removal!)
Combine the dry ingredients together and then gently mix in the melted butter. If you are using sugar stir it in here too.
Pat two-third of the mix into the bottom of the pan
Spread the jam over it
Scatter the remaining crumble over top
Bake for 25-30 minutes, the crumble should be nice and golden.
Let cool in tin for 5 mintues. Then lift the parchment paper and bars onto a wire rock to cool. Cut into desired shapes
- for a fun twist you can add a little citrus zest (½ tbsp) into the crumb mix to compliment the jam you are using. So lemon for strawberry, orange for blueberry etc.
Looking for another Valentines Day idea? We love these Mini Oreo Truffles!