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Strawberry Oat Bars

September 4, 2011

Strawberry Oat Bars

Strawberry Oat Bars

Do you remember a while back, I made Fresh Blueberry Crumb Triangles?  That variation of the crumb bar was absolutely amazing!  It was lemony and more like a cake consistency than a bar.  Truth be told, fresh blueberry crumb triangles are my favorite.  There is a runner up in the crumb bar contest though, it’s blueberries cousin, strawberry.  I made these bars today because they are lovely as a mid afternoon snack.  Strawberry oat bars are buttery, tart, fruity, tangy and crumbly sounds delicious, doesn’t it?  If you love crumb bars you’ll love this variation, I promise.

Strawberry Oat Bars

Ingredients

Crust

2 1/2 cups butter, melted

4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups rolled oats (not quick cooking oats)

3/4 cup icing sugar

Filling

1 twenty-one-ounce can strawberry pie filling

Topping

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/4 cups rolled oats

1 1/2 cups icing sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup toasted almonds (see Note)

1 cup butter, softened and cut into small pieces

Note:  To toast almonds, place on a baking sheet in a 325 F oven for approximately 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown and fragrant.

To Prepare the Bars

Preheat oven to 350 F.

To make the crust:  In a large bowl, combine the butter, the flour, the oats, and the sugar, forming a doughlike consistency.

Spread the crust evenly into an ungreased 12 x 18 inch jelly roll pan.  Use a large piece of waxed paper to firmly and evenly press down the crust.  Bake the crust for 16-18 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool for 15-20 minutes.

While the crust is cooling, prepare the topping:  In a large bowl, mix together the first six ingredients.  Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

When the crust is cool, gently and evenly spread the strawberry filling over the crust, leaving a 1/4-inch edge all around.  Sprinkle crumbs generously, allowing the filling to peek through.  Bake for an additional 10-12 minutes until light golden.

Allow to cool to room temperature, or overnight, before cutting and serving.

Makes twenty-four  3-inch bars

From The complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

Strawberry Oat Bars

Strawberry Oat Bars

Crumb bars are great for picnics or pot-lucks or just as a plain ol’ snack.  You might also enjoy Fresh Raspberry Crumb bars.

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2011 9:12 am

    Thanks for this recipe. Crumb bars are one of my favorites.

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