Saturday, September 24, 2011

Raspberry bars

You have these times in your life, big or small, when you are searching for the right thing.  In my case, it is often the right recipe....

Last night I headed to Trader Joes after work and was looking for something interesting for dinner.  I'm perusing the frozen cases and come across organic raspberries for $2.99.  Who could resist?  Now, I was planning on throwing those into yogurt for breakfast, but baking with them kept popping into my head.

I wanted a bar that was a nice dense cake with pieces of raspberries dotting the cake.  Maybe a little sour cream (or yogurt) in the cake a moist crumb and something that was easily portable, since I was taking these to a BBQ.  So I hit the google to see if I could find such a recipe.  And there were recipes, bars with crumbles, strudel, with short bread crusts, pie crusts, etc...but no such recipe.  So I made another recipe Blondie-Brownies and they started cooling on the counter, but I still wanted the raspberry bar.  Then my brother called me to catch up.  I told him of my small obsession and he said, "why don't you just use mom's pound cake recipe".  And I wondered why I didn't think of that.  Budder, thanks.

So here goes:

Raspberry Bars
Mix together in a bowl and set aside 
(use 150g ~ 1cup of all purpose flour for non GF + the baking powder and salt):
Heading into the oven
  • 20g almond meal
  • 20g coconut flour
  • 20g rice flour
  • 30g potato starch
  • 30g corn starch
  • 30g tapioca starch
  • 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Cream together:
  • 1/2 butter
  • 1 cup sugar
Add and beat well:
  • 1 egg
 Fold in:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • flour mixture
Put into a prepared brownie pan (11x7) and sprinkle a heaping 1/2cup of frozen raspberries over the top and press in lightly.  Bake at 325 for 45 minutes (or so).
Out of the oven

They are currently cooling in the pan.  I'll let you know how they turned out.
Ready for the BBQ
 Post update: these were a definite hit at the BBQ!  They were gone in a flash and I could have definitely doubled the recipe.  Nice, dense, moist crumb. I will definitely be making them again.  Maybe next time with blueberries or peaches...

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