Sunday, January 20, 2008

Coconut bars with raspberry jam

I made these for Mike today, they were (are) great.

Coconut bars with raspberry jam

1-3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1-1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar (might be a bit too much)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter cut in pieces
1-1/2 cups oatmeal (traditional or quick or a mixture)
3/4 cup raspberry jam

Put aside 3/4 cup of coconut "as is" and toast the rest of it. I use a dry cast iron frying pan on low heat. Take it off before you think it's done, the coconut will continue to brown a bit. Let cool at least a little.

Dump the toasted coconut and all dry ingredients in a bowl. Grate the butter into the bowl and work it into the flour/oatmeal mixture with your hands. (Or if you're lazy melt the butter and stir it in, either way is fine.)

Saving out about a cup of this crumbly mixture, press the rest into a 9x13 pan. Heat the raspberry jam gently in the microwave so you can pour/spread it on the base. Mix the rest of the crumble with the 3/4 cup of coconut you reserved at the start and sprinkle it evenly on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, till it appears nicely browned. Let it cool a while or you'll burn your mouth.

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