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Oh, so good! Again!

I made these again yesterday for dessert and because they were requested by my hubby.  They did not disappoint us the second time. Absolutely delicious and so easy.    I decide to repost them again because they are so good. Also, we really have has time to cook this week.  I sat through 7 games this week which means we didn’t get home until after 7 or 8 each night.  This week there is at least 3 games, a business trip out of town and who knows what else.  Maybe tonight we can get some cooking in.
From my original post…..

It is no secret that my darling husband would love to live next door to Ina Garten and have her send over some culinary treats every now and then.  On the other side he said Giada could live and share her kitchen creations too. But he is stuck in suburbia with just me in the kitchen and across the street from our favorite “I am not from this country, Giada” who does share her culinary treats with us.

So while looking through Pinterest the other day I stumbled upon a recipe for Ina’s Raspberry Crumble Bars.  That is right up his alley and a special treat I could make now that all of the Christmas sweets are gone.  So while he was picking up our darling daughter from practice, I ran to the grocery store to gather the items I needed.  The granola she recommended is in the Nature’s Pantry of the store and a bit pricey, but well worth it.  I now just have to hide it so it doesn’t end up in someones cereal or yogurt because there is enough in the bag to make a couple more batches. 

Raspberry Crumble Bars

½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
10 to 12 ounces good raspberry jam
2/3 cup good granola without dried fruit – I used bare naked granola

1/4 cup sliced almonds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 inch square pan with parchment paper going each way. (I took one good size sheet and split it and it fit perfectly.)

Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on medium speed just until combined. With the mixer on low, add the vanilla.
Sift the flour and salt together and, with the mixer on low, slowly add to the butter mixture, mixing until it almost comes together in a ball. 
 Lightly pat two-thirds of the dough evenly on the bottom of a 9-inch square baking pan and about ¼ inch up the sides.
 Spread with the jam, leaving a ¼-inch border.
Mix the granola into the remaining dough with your hands. Break the dough into small bits, and distribute it on top of the jam, covering most of the surface. Sprinkle the almonds on top. Bake the bars for 45 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool Completely. Then enjoy.
Golden Brown
Ready for the oven

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