Recipe For Apple And Jam Bars

apple and blueberry jam bars - Extracted from Sweet by Sam Linsell (Struik Lifestyle)
apple and blueberry jam bars – Extracted from Sweet by Sam Linsell (Struik Lifestyle)

As you will see from the ingredients listed above, Sam uses almond flour in her recipe. Once again I was only going to make half of the recipe and I was not so keen on spending R117 for 350g of almond flour when I only needed 22.5 grams. I cannot believe how expensive this ingredient is. I decided to take blanched almonds and blitz them in my Kitchen Aid blender until they were as fine as the flour available in stores. I am not sure if this worked out cheaper, but it did mean that I don’t have another ingredient hanging around waiting to be used sometime in the far distant future. I consider myself quite adept at making pastry and usually use my touch to get the consistency correct. When testing Sam’s recipe for apple and blueberry jam bars I was not very happy with the feel of the pastry. I thought it was quite sticky, but I didn’t want to mess with the ingredients as the purpose is to test the recipe as is. I ended up squishing the pastry into a loaf pan and even though it was wetter than I thought it should be, the bars were really tasty. We had half the first night with custard, as a dessert, and the rest the following day with cream to go with our coffee. When I make these again I will try and make a drier pastry to see if the texture changes the base somewhat, as these were quite soft.

Apple And Jam Bars
Apple And Jam Bars
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5 from 3 votes

Apple And Jam Bars

These bars are perfect to serve as a dessert with some custard, or enjoy on their own at tea time
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Sweet, page 135

Ingredients

for the filling

  • 1 apple of your choice peeled and diced
  • Zest of half an orange
  • Juice of half an orange
  • 25 g sugar – I used fructose
  • 125 g berry jam – I used Wild Blueberry
  • 25 g flaked almonds

for the pastry

  • 150 g flour
  • 22 g almond flour
  • 85 g castor sugar – I used fructose
  • 125 g chilled butter cubed
  • Zest of half an orange finely grated

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  • Line a loaf tin with baking paper

for the filling

  • Place the apple, zest, juice and sugar into a small saucepan
  • Bring to a boil over a medium to high temperature
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 8 minutes
  • Set aside to cool

for the pastry

  • Place all of the pastry ingredients into the bowl of a food processor
  • Pulse until it just forms a dough, making sure not to overmix

to assemble

  • Once the apples have cooled, add the jam
  • Mix well to combine
  • Scoop out two-thirds of the pastry dough and press into the base of the tin
  • Place the apple mixture on top of the pastry dough
  • Drop pieces of the remaining pastry dough over the top of the apple mixture
  • Scatter the almonds on top
  • Bake for 45 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and set aside to cool in the tin
  • Cut into bars and store in an air tight container

Notes

To prevent the bars from burning on top, I covered them after 25 minutes with the foil from the butter.

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Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa and this recipe formed part of the review and is published with permission. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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36 thoughts on “Recipe For Apple And Jam Bars

  1. I adore bar cookies with fruit and these look absolutely amazing! Would love to have one of these with an afternoon tea!

  2. Almonds are indeed very expensive, the flour is prohibitive here too…We also made a cake this weekend with it, I also was shocked by the price tag!

  3. First, Tandy these bars look amazing on their own – with custard they must have been truly decadent! Love that you blitzed almonds to make almond flour – I do the same with pecans and pistachios and almonds too – it works out cheaper for me.

  4. 5 stars
    They look absolutely yummy and it comparison to the ones you can buy in a store – yours win! I’ll try to make them very soon :-).

  5. These apple and jam bars look wonderful Tandy and would be perfect for afternoon tea or I guess anytime of the day. I agree almond powder is so expensive but at least its good to know how to make your own when you need a small amount 🙂

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