I've been watching the Great British Baking Show on Netflix and it's put me in the mood to make some jam bars. I always think of them as being a British invention, but mainly, a treat for kids and an easy carry-along to a picnic. Simple to make and in no time at all you have a lovely little bar everyone will love. Use your homemade or a good quality jam (I used raspberry here), as it makes or breaks these bars. You'll probably have every ingredient needed in your pantry; they'll be done in 40 minutes.
I really can't credit anyone with this recipe as it's pretty basic and you can find some version of this easily online, from Martha Stewart to various blogs.
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup oats (don't use instant)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
4 or 5 large spoonfuls of your favorite jam
Preheat over to 350. Line your 8 inch square baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang for easy removal.
Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Stir in the almond extract.
In another bowl, mix the flours, baking soda and salt. Beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture. By hand, stir in the oats and almonds.
Save about half a cup or so of this mixture for the topping and set aside. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the pan. (I used my hands) Spread the jam over the top, leaving 1/2 an inch or so on all sides. Sprinkle the reserved mixture on top of the jam.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden and the jam is bubbly. Cool completely in the pan and then remove and cut into squares.