Long walks.  With my best friend.  To no particular place.  I’ve spent hours doing this.  I’ve spent many days doing this.  It’s one of my favorite things.  Often we’d forget about the walk back and by the time we’d return, we’d just lie on the living room floor.  Eating her mom’s famous jam bars.  Autumn we’d do this; Winter, Spring, and especially Summer we’d do this.  Well she’s out East.  And I’m out West.  “Eastern Homes and Western Hearts”.  (It’s a great song. Yes, it’s a punk band.  No, they’re not together anymore.  Look them up anyway).  So I am homesick terrible.  And I have some red raspberries.  I’m going to turn them into jam.  And attempt to make Mrs. K’s Raspberry Jam Bars: 
... but first I need to make some Red Raspberry Jam:

the STUFF (for the jam)

what TO DO
wash the raspberries
smash the raspberries
strain the raspberries 
(keep the juice ... yes the jam will have seeds)
add sugar to taste

the STUFF (for the bars)
raspberry jam (either red or black – both good)
white chocolate chips
½ cup dark brown sugar
1 cup flour
1-¼ cups oats
½ teaspoon baking soda 
½ cup butter 

what TO DO
in a bowl …
mix: brown sugar, flour, oats & baking soda
cut the butter into dice sized cubes 
throw the butter into the flour mixture 
work the butter with your hands … keep going
… until the mixture is crumble-like (crumbly?) 

in a buttered pan …   
press about ½ to ¾ of the crumbly mixture into the pan
spread Nutella on top 
cover that with raspberry jam 
add white chocolate chips to the rest of the crumbly mixture
add the rest of the crumbly mixture on top of the raspberry jam   

in an oven …
bake at 350 F for 30-35 mins. 
while it’s baking go on a walk 
(okay only if you want)
eat.  best of luck eating just one. 

So these did not turn out exactly like Mrs. K’s.  But they were still good.  Really good.  I am visiting home soon (!)  So I will find out the real recipe.  Until then, enjoy this version.     

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James T
07/06/2012 2:38pm

Tried it with strawberries. It was gone before dinner.


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