Strawberry Jam Crumb Bars
Jam is a magical thing. It’s like summer in a jar…sweet, sticky, and reminiscent of the slowest days of summer. Whether you are experiencing spring weather or snow, one thing is for sure, making a batch of these Strawberry Jam Crumb Bars will make you feel like summer is in full swing!
The floral combination of Meyer lemons, sweet strawberry jam, and elderflower liqueur make these far from your ordinary crumb bar. All of that sweet goodness sandwiched in between a buttery cookie crust and crumble and you have a little bite of jam filled heaven in a square.
I highly recommend cutting these crumb bars small. That way you won’t feel guilty going back for a second or third…and believe me, you will!
photos by Freutcake
Strawberry Jam Crumb Bars- adapted only slightly from Tutti Dolci
1 2/3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
5 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbs Meyer lemon zest + 1 tsp reserved
1 large egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup seedless strawberry jam
1 Tbsp elderflower liqueur (such as St. Germain)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper in both directions. (This is essential for easy removal)
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add 2 Tbs Meyer lemon zest and mix. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture until just combined; dough will resemble coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 cup of dough for topping.
4. Press dough into prepared baking dish using hands or the flat bottom of a glass.
5. Place jam in a small bowl and whisk in 1/2 tsp lemon zest and 1 Tbsp elderflower liqueur.
6. Carefully spread jam mixture over crust.
7. Toss remaining dough with 2 tsp of water to form large crumbs. Sprinkle over jam mixture.
8. Bake until top is golden, about 25 minutes. Cool completely in baking dish on a rack, then cut into bars with a sharp knife.
If you have a serious sweet tooth, you might try adding this glaze on top!
6 Tbsp powdered sugar, sifted
1 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice
1 Tbsp elderflower liqueur
1/2 tsp Meyer lemon zest
Whisk together and drizzle over cut bars. enjoy!