Thursday, February 16, 2012

Raspberry Breakfast Bars

I simply love the rustic look and tangy taste of these raspberry bars... but my husband and son think that these "pink" sandwich bars are too girly for them and didn't like them as much as I do.

This recipe originates from the book, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking and has been baked by Smitten Kitchen. These fruity bars aren't too sweet and great to be consumed as our daily lunchbox fillers.

raspberry breakfast bars
 

Here's the recipe from Smitten Kitchen.
(with my slight modifications and motes in blue)

For the crust and crumb:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar (I used dark Muscovado sugar for extra flavour)
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
For the raspberry filling:
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar (I used dark Muscovado sugar)
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 pound raspberries, fresh or frozen (I used the frozen ones)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Make the crust and crumb: Preheat the oven to 350°F (or 160°C fan forced). Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch glass or light-colored metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Butter the parchment. (I line my baking pan with baking paper and didn't grease my pan and baking paper.)

Put the flour, brown sugar, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse in short bursts until combined. Add the butter and pulse until loose crumbs form.

Reserve 1 1/2 cup of the mixture and set aside. Pour the rest of the mixture into the prepared pan and use your hands or the back of a large wooden spoon to push the crust into an even layer at the bottom of the pan. The crust should touch the sides of the pan. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 min. Transfer to a wire rack and let the crust cool. Keep the oven on while you make the raspberry filling.

Make the raspberry filling: In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and flour together. Add the raspberries, lemon juice and butter and use your hands to toss gently until the raspberries are evenly coated.

Assemble and bake the bars: Spread the raspberry filling evenly on top of the cooled crust. Sprinkle the reserved crust mixture evenly on top of the filling.

Bake for 35 to 45 min, rotating the pan every 15 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the filling starts to bubble around the edges.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then cut into squares (or bars shapes) and serve. The bars can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two days.

Note: Using 1/3 of the recipe, I've baked the bars using 10 cm x 20 cm loaf pan and baked the base for 15 min and the bars with raspberry filling for another 35 min. I can yield 5 bars (size about 4 cm x 10 cm) with this amount that I baked.

Happy Baking

29 comments:

  1. Love healthier, homemade options like these bars! They look delicious and your photos are wonderful!

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  2. I love making bars, simple and delicious! Your raspberries bar looks good and I think that I will definitely love this! And I almost bought this book!!!

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  3. Hi Zoe! I have always wanted to make my own power, granola or breakfast bars. I almost made Heidi Swanson's power bars when I climbed half dome last year, but then got to lazy and bought some. Your bars look delish and I the raspberry filling looks amazing and fresh. My son loves any sort of bar and throw some fruit in there and you have yourself a winner. I know he would enjoy these.

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  4. I love bars!! This is a great recipe!
    Have a nice day

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  5. Yum! Love your pictures and the way you wrapped up the bars :)

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  6. Oh, wow! These look amazing! I love any dessert with oats and any dessert with raspberries...so double bonus with these delicious bars~

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  7. girlish bars?? haha! that's really a cute reason !

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  8. They sound delicious - would be fantastic as an after school snack - thanks!
    mary x

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  9. Use blueberries then , 'tis blue so it's more manly hahahaha Love that raspberry bars ! Raspberries here are so expensive or maybe I'm just cheap hee hee Photos looks yummy , btw ;D

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  10. These look fabulous. I am still new to making bars but they always look so wonderful and have the best ingredients. Ps: you photos are fantastic too. Following now, of course :)

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  11. They look really good! They'll be perfect as my breakfast on the run :D Will definitely make these soon. Now where's the bag of raspberries? .....

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  12. Oh boy, these bars look SO GOOD! I have no doubt that my husband and I would love them! I have made a similar bar, but with rasberry jam. Using the whole fruit would be even better:)

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  13. These are perfect; I love raspberries and these would be a hit for any meal at our place.
    Rita

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  14. Oooh I love this recipe! I'm such a big fan of raspberries. Beautiful!

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  15. Look delicious Zoe, what nice for kids!!! gloria

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  16. oh this is just gorgeous! and the best thing about it is it's a lot healthier than those storebought junk food versions!

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  17. haha....but your bars aren't even THAT pink!!! I've always wanted to make bars to take out, but I've never gotten around to it *sigh* These look delicious- and they'd have to be, with that long ingredients list! ;)

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  18. Great bars! I d eat them any time of the day!

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  19. Well this was better for you, you got to eat them all by yourself! I would gladly eat them all you know with no guilt!

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  20. ooh i actually made the same bars but used blueberries instead and found it a little too sweet! I think raspberries would have been perfect and yours look so beautifully cut!

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  21. They look so tasty!Have a great weekend,dear!

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  22. I love munchin' on homemade treats as delicious looking as those!

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  23. I dunno...they look delicious! I can guarantee my honey bunny would adore these - he'd rather have something like this than a chocolate chip cookie. It's terrific!

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  24. I hardly ever bake bars recipe because I cut them very messy! These looks delicious though, girly and all:D

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  25. These look lovely and the photos are so tempting! I especially like the raspberry filling in the middle :)

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  26. Too girly?! Don't they know that anything raspberry is pink and delicious?! These look awesome!

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  27. What a perfect way to begin the day. These sound wonderful. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time too browse through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. I love the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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