Sunday, September 26, 2010
Lazy Jam Bars
I am sad that fall is officially here and the warm weather is fading away all to quickly. Fall reminds me that winter is not too far behind, and while I enjoy the holiday season that is right around the corner, I absolutely hate the cold weather. Cold weather makes me want to stay inside and waste the day away on the couch under a warm blanket.
This recipe is perfect for those lazy fall and winter days. The apricot filling is reminiscent of warm summer days and the whole thing comes together with just a few simple ingredients.
The base layer and the top layer are made from the same batter, making this a quick treat. A light sprinkling of powdered sugar makes the perfect finish.
Apricot Jam Bars
Makes 16 bars
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup apricot jam (I used no sugar added)
Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8x8 pan with non-stick spray.
Mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
Beat the butter and sugar on high for 2 minutes. Add in the egg and beat for 1 minute. Add in the flour mixture and beat on low until just combined. Finally, pour in the vanilla and beat on low until it's mixed through the batter.
Spread 2/3rds of the batter into the prepared pan. Spread the apricot jam evenly on top of the batter. Spoon the remaining batter as evenly as you can on top of the jam. The batter is thick so just do your best to make it even. Remember, we're being lazy here so it doesn't have to be perfect.
Pop the pan into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes. Let cool completely and chill 1 hour in the fridge before sprinkling with powdered sugar and cutting.