Sunday, June 27, 2010

Raspberry White Chocolate Almond Bars

Girls I am so excited we've got this blog up and running!!! Last week we celebrated Father's Day at the Allen household with a good old fashion BBQ! For my contribution to the festivities, I offered to bring dessert. I created some really fabulous Raspberry White Chocolate Almond Bars and they received rave reviews! Quit a delicious treat! Here's the recipe. This would also be good with other types of jam as well! Enjoy :-)

Raspberry White Chocolate Almond Bars
1 stick unsalted butter
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) white morsels
2 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 325° F. Line a 9 inch square metal pan with foil and spray foil with cooking spray.

Melt butter in medium, microwave-safe bowl on high (1 min). Add 1 cup morsels; let stand. Do not stir.

Beat eggs in a mixing bowl until foamy. Add sugar; beat until light lemon colored, about 5 minutes. Stir in morsel-butter mixture, lemon zest and extract. Add flour and salt; mix until combined. Spread about 2/3 of batter into prepared pan.

Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until light golden brown around edges. Remove from oven to wire rack.

Heat jam in microwave for 30 seconds; stir. Spread jam over warm crust. Stir remaining morsels into remaining batter. Drop spoonfuls of batter over jam. Sprinkle with almonds.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

(Note: I doubled this recipe for the large crowd we had at our celebration)

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