I love baking with seasonal fruit but I don’t do it nearly as much as I’d like. It seems like so many times I gravitate to chocolate rather than fruit. But I love strawberry shortcake and really wanted to come up with something to bake with strawberries (‘cause they were on an amazing sale!). So, I decided to make a version of Strawberry Crumble Bars.
Using a different recipe as a base to start, I tweaked the recipe to fit what I wanted it to be like. Plus, I was making it for a birthday at the office so it needed to be larger version than a simple 8×8 or 9×9. We really like birthday celebrations at the office and really like eating sweets so I needed to plan accordingly!
At first glance, the recipe might seem a little overwhelming because it lists so many ingredients. I know I get first impressions on a recipe by the number of ingredients. But it really is a simple recipe and just has a few layers to it. But each layer is really easy to make and in the end, it really doesn’t take that long to make. (Another piece of a recipe that I always take into consideration!)
I like simple recipes that use everyday ingredients, don’t require any special prepping techniques and are pretty basic in nature. My thought is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time, energy or money on baking good treats for your family or friends.
This treat starts with a flour based crust layer. I love bars with this simple crust layer! It provides a strong foundation for almost anything you put on top of it. And a great way to hold up the bar so it doesn’t just fall apart when you pick it up. It doesn’t have a strong taste presentation so it doesn’t distract from the star of the bar, the strawberries.
The next layer is a combination of strawberry preserves and sliced fresh strawberries. This is when I always wish I had fresh preserves but with my busy life, that’s not going to happen for some time. Maybe after both the boys are in college or maybe after I retire! Haha But for now, I settle for a store-bought preserves and my super sale strawberries.
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Then you add an oatmeal crumble to the top that will get nice brown and crunchy after baking. And it’s sweet from the sugars and it’s just super yummy! If you want, you can stop here and be just fine or you can add the finale of a vanilla drizzle. I’ll be honest, I forgot the drizzle this time. But no one knew the difference and they were still so good!
I don’t have anything special to use for a drizzle so I normally put my drizzle in a baggie and cut just a bit of a corner off to use. I’ve tried the spoon drizzle technique and I just end up with globs then drizzle, globs then drizzle. I obviously am not a spoon drizzle aficionado. So, I improvise and use a baggie drizzler tool (yes, I just made that up!).
Hope you’re enjoying your summer!