Blue Ridge Blackberry Lemon Bars
Makes 25-30 bars
Prep Time: 10 min.
Baking Time: 35 min.
Non-stick cooking spray
2 - cups
either quick or old-fashioned (uncooked)
2 - cups all-purpose
1-1/4 - cups light
sugar, firmly packed
1 - cup lightly toasted
1-1/2 - teaspoons ground
1/4 - teaspoon grated
1 - teaspoon grated
1/2 - teaspoon
2 - Tablespoons fresh
1 - cup
chilled, cut into small pieces
1 - jar (12 oz.) seedless blackberry jam
Powdered sugar, if desired
Preheat oven to 325įF. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with
no-stick cooking spray.
Toss together in a large
mixing bowl oats, flour, brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon,
nutmeg, lemon peel and salt until well blended.
Sprinkle mixture with
lemon juice, then with a pastry blender or two knives, cut in
the butter pieces until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 2 cups of
the oat mixture, then sprinkle remainder in pan, pressing with
fingers to form a crust
Bake for 10 minutes, or
until set. Let cool slightly, then spread blackberry jam
evenly over crust. Sprinkle evenly with reserved oat mixture,
pressing down gently. Return to oven. Bake for 15 to 20
minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Alanís Kitchen Tip
toast nuts: Place walnuts in dry nonstick skillet; cook over
medium heat, shaking pan until nuts are lightly browned.