Monday, February 2, 2015

Jam Bars

I think these might be considered an iconic All American Bar. I know that my family has enjoyed these for generations. However, I also know that there are new bakers seeking traditional recipes that they can start making and hand down the recipes to their family members.
This is one of those recipes!

Jam Bars:

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
1 - 9" X 13" baking dish

12 TBS (1 1/2 sticks) Butter, room temperature
1/2 C Granulated Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 3/4 C Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
1 1/2 C Apricot or Raspberry Jam (buy the best you can afford)
2 C Sweetened Flaked Coconut
7 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk (1/2 of a 14oz. can)

In a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer until creamy:

Beat just until combined and form a smooth dough.
Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Press the dough evenly into the pan.
Prick it with a fork.
Bake for 20 minutes.

Spread the Jam evenly over the entire Crust.
Sprinkle evenly with Coconut.
Drizzle evenly with Sweetened Condensed Milk.
Bake for an additional 30 minutes.

Remove to a rack to cool completely.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Cut into squares to serve.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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