Posted by Tara on Monday, February 13th, 2012
Has anyone been watching Pioneer Woman’s cooking show? I am enjoying the show very much. A couple weeks back, she made some strawberry bars. I knew I wanted to try to create a gluten free version since we have a couple people under this roof who have given up wheat. These bars were fabulous and nobody would ever guess they are gluten free. And I used some of my home made cherry preserves (from the tree my mother planted next door) instead of strawberry preserves. They were such a hit I had to bake another batch for this post. Pioneer Woman used plain flour in her bars – so if you do not want the gluten free version, just substitute plain flour for the gluten free baking mix in the recipe below. I also added nuts to my version.
- 1 1/2 cups Bob’s Gluten Free Baking Mix
- 1 1/2 oats (not quick cooking)
- 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 2 sticks firm butter cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
- 1 16 oz jar (1 pint) cherry preserves
Butter a 9×13 baking pan and set it aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, and brown sugar and mix well. Add nuts if desired. Then use a pastry tool to cut the butter cubes into the flour/sugar/oat mixture. Be patient – this takes a few minutes. Mixture should be crumbly in texture. Pour half of the mixture into the buttered pan and press firmly to evenly coat the bottom of the pan. Then spread the preserves over the oat mixture. Top with remaining oat mixture and gently press to flatten the top layer. Place pan in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25-35 minutes, until bars are golden brown and bubbly. Let bars cook completely before cutting.
Try different types of preserves. I actually made a 3rd batch with strawberry preserves. Those bars were a little sweeter than the cherry. I think the family preferred the cherry bars to the strawberry bars. The sour/tart cherries is a nice compliment to the sweetness of the brown sugar and the richness of the butter.