A food processor does most of the work here, mixing the dough that serves as both the base and the topping. Experiment with your favorite jam flavors.
Makes 16 bars
1 1/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter or margarine (1 stick), cut into 8 pieces
1/2 cup jam (raspberry, blackberry, or other fruit)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In food processor with knife blade attached, process flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and cinnamon until blended. Add butter and process until mixture resembles coarse crumbs and, when pressed, holds together. Remove 1/2 cup dough to small bowl and stir in pecans.
2. Press remaining dough firmly into bottom of ungreased 9" by 9" metal baking pan. spread with jam up to 1/4 inch from edges. With fingers, crumble reserved nut mixture over jam.
3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, until browned at edges and on top. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
4. When cool, cut into 4 strips; then cut each strip crosswise into 4 pieces.
(based on individual servings)
Total Fat: 7 g
Cholesterol: 16 mg
Sodium: 85 mg
Carbohydrates: 21 g
Protein: 1 g
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