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These Fresh Strawberry Bars are absolutely delightful, featuring a luscious burst of sweet and juicy strawberries. These bars showcase a foundation of buttery oat biscuit base, culminating with a delectably crumbly topping. The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity – no need for a mixer, and the preparation process is swift. It’s worth noting that you need not restrict yourself solely to strawberries; this versatile Strawberry Bars recipe can accommodate a wide variety of fruits for an equally satisfying outcome.

Strawberry Bars
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STRAWBERRY BARS


Do you find yourself lacking a diverse selection of fresh strawberry recipes in your culinary repertoire? While I possess numerous methods for incorporating fresh strawberries into desserts, such as adorning stacks of pancakes and French toast enriched with maple syrup, or even nestled within delectable creations like the Strawberry Nutella French Toast roll ups, my range diminishes when it comes to utilizing them in cooked dishes. The Fresh Strawberry Bars recipe stands as one of the rare options at my disposal. This could be attributed to the considerable amount of strawberries required to impart a genuinely pronounced strawberry essence to baked goods. Consequently, I refrain from employing strawberries in loaf cakes akin to my Blueberry Lemon Loaf; my past attempts yielded unsatisfactory outcomes as the strawberries paled and released moisture, leading to doughy pockets within the bread.

Alternately, a method involves cooking down the strawberries with sugar to heighten their flavor before incorporating them into a recipe, such as in miniature pies—undeniably tantalizing!

Distinct from these techniques, the following recipe doesn’t mandate preliminary cooking of the strawberries before assembly. I begin by spreading a layer of jam onto the base to prevent the juices from saturating it. Subsequently, I scatter strawberries mixed with cornflour atop the jam layer, resulting in thickened juices during baking, yielding an almost jam-like consistency. Upon emerging from the oven, the bars exhibit a marvelous appearance, with the juices permeating the crumbly topping, appearing moist, yet possessing a jam-like quality. Interestingly, the edges of the bars even take on a somewhat candied texture—an aspect I particularly relish, although they tend to lodge themselves in my teeth!

Frequent readers familiar with the beloved Easiest Ever Raspberry Jam Bars will discover a kinship between that recipe and the one presented here. The base and topping employ the same composition, with the addition of fresh strawberries to create this delightful variation. To accommodate an array of other fruits, I’ve included supplementary notes within the recipe. The quantity of cornflour required hinges on the fruit’s juiciness; for whole fruits like blueberries and raspberries, omitting cornflour suffices, whereas for juicy, diced fruits like peaches and apricots, a modest increase is recommended.

A captivating transformation transpires when apples are employed—a metamorphosis into apple crumble bars, with the infusion of complementary spices. A separate post dedicated to the alluring Apple Crumble Bars might just be in order!

Wishing you a splendid weekend ahead! If you can spare a mere 12 minutes, consider crafting these Fresh Strawberry Bars for a delightful indulgence.

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Fresh Strawberry Bars

Fresh Strawberry Bars

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These Fresh Strawberry Bars are absolutely delightful, featuring a luscious burst of sweet and juicy strawberries. These bars showcase a foundation of buttery oat biscuit base, culminating with a delectably crumbly topping. The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity – no need for a mixer, and the preparation process is swift. It's worth noting that you need not restrict yourself solely to strawberries; this versatile Strawberry Bars recipe can accommodate a wide variety of fruits for an equally satisfying outcome.
prep time
10 mins
cooking time
20 mins
servings
2
total time
30 mins

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 125 g / 1 stick unsalted butter, melted

  • 1½ cups/ 225 g plain flour (all purpose flour)

  • 1½ cups / 135 g rolled oats (traditional oats, not quick, instant or steel cut)

  • ½ cup / 110 g brown sugar

  • ½ tsp baking powder

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1 egg

  • 2/3 cup strawberry jam

  • STRAWBERRIES

  • 2 cups chopped strawberries (about 375g)

  • 2 tbsp white sugar

  • 2 tsp cornflour / cornstarch

Instructions

1
Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) with the fan function enabled. (Refer to Note 1 for further information.)
2
Apply a light coating of oil to a 20cm/9" square baking tin and line it with parchment paper, ensuring that there's some overhang to facilitate easy removal after baking.
3
Combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Integrate butter and egg, then mix until well combined.
4
Allocate 1 cup of this mixture for the topping and set it aside. Press the remaining mixture into the base of the prepared tin.
5
In a separate bowl, combine strawberries, sugar, and cornflour. It's best not to do this step in advance to prevent the strawberries from becoming too watery due to the sugar.
6
Spread a layer of jam over the base (refer to Note 2), followed by evenly scattering the strawberry mixture over it.
7
Employ your hands to crumble the reserved mixture over the top (refer to Note 3).
8
Bake the assembled creation for around 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top adopts a rich, deep golden hue. Once done, extract it from the oven and allow it to cool within the tin for approximately 10 minutes. Subsequently, employ the parchment paper to lift the creation out of the tin; don't be concerned if it sags a bit, as it will eventually set.
9
Proceed to slice the baked creation into squares and serve at room temperature. For storage, employ an airtight container, particularly if the ambient temperature is quite high. Refrigeration might be advisable under such conditions.

Notes

Should your oven be of the conventional type without a built-in fan, the baking time for these bars is approximately 40 minutes. Assess readiness by observing the color of the top, which should transform into a rich, deep golden brown hue. Should your jam exhibit firmness that impedes easy spreading, a quick solution is to microwave it for 1 minute to attain the desired softness. Expect the mixture to exhibit some clustering; in such cases, rely on your fingers to gently crumble it onto the top surface. VARIATIONS WITH OTHER FRUITS: This recipe adapts effectively to a broad spectrum of fruits. For those like raspberries and blueberries, which can be incorporated whole, there's no necessity to coat them in sugar or cornflour. For fruits that release more juice when chopped compared to strawberries—examples being peaches and apricots—augment the cornstarch by an additional 1 teaspoon. Should these fruits possess ample sweetness, you can forego the sugar entirely. Should you desire an extra layer of flavor and texture, consider incorporating ½ cup of chopped nuts into the biscuit mixture. Noteworthy, these bars are amenable to freezing. A substantial portion of the batch featured in the photos was frozen, subsequently defrosted and served at room temperature. Nutritional content per serving of the Fresh Strawberry Bars, assuming a reasonable yield of 16 servings. It's worth noting that my preference is to cut them into 9 larger squares!
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