Biscuit, Jam and Streusel walk into a bar. Then they walk back out because WTF are they doing in the bar and not nestled together in a baking dish, toasting in my oven? Because all of these foods are good on their own; who doesn’t love a white bread jam sandwich, a biscuit dunked in their tea, or some streusel sprinkled over literally any confectionary?
But when you combine these ingredients in one dish, layer upon layer, you create a flavourful mosaic of crunchy, crumbly, syrupy yumminess – AKA jam crumble biscuit bars.
Bad jokes aside, these jam bars are an explosion of different flavours and textures; a party on your tongue, if you will. Fisrt, there’s the powdery, buttery, shortbread-esque biscuit base. Next, the sticky sweet jam, turned gooey and gummy from the heat of the oven. And lastly, the crispy crumble topping, lightly toasted to crunchy perfection and with the subtle flavour of burnt coconut. Now tell me your mouth isn’t watering…
Don’t let all of the different layers put you off, because these jam crumble biscuit bars are super easy to bake! You make one batch of dough that’s used as the biscuit base AND the crumble topping (with a few added ingredients), and the sticky jam centre is just that: jam. Straight from the jar. Plop everything into a square baking dish and you’ve got yourself a batch of jam crumble biscuit bars.
Jam Crumble Biscuit Bars
- ½ cup softened butter
- ¼ cup caster sugar
- 1 whisked egg
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1½ cups jam
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 180˚C and spray a square 22cm baking dish with non-stick spray
In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until just combined. Whisk in egg, vanilla essence and oil, and stir. Sift in flour and baking powder, and knead until a dough starts to form
Set aside one third of the dough, and add the remaining two thirds to the prepared dish. Press the dough down until the bottom of the dish is equally covered. Using a fork, prick the dough all over
Pour the jam over the dough and spread equally
In a bowl, add the remaining dough, 2 tablespoons of flour and shredded coconut. Use your fingers to rub the mixture into a crumbly consistency. Sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly over the jam, then bake for 20 minutes. Wait until cool, then cut into squares and enjoy
- You can use any kind of jam for this recipe. My favourite is strawberry, but mixed berry, blackcurrent or even fig would work, too.
Inspired by Tasty