These crumble bars can be customized with your favorite fruit preserves or jam!
Author: Eva Bakes
3/4cup (1 and 1/2 sticks)unsalted butterchilled, and cut into small pieces
3tablespoonsmilk of choice
1 and 1/2cupsfruit preserves or jam*
1 and 1/2cupsall-purpose flour
1/2cuplightly packed light brown sugar
3/4cup (1 and 1/2 sticks)unsalted butterchilled and cut into small pieces
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a standard 9"x13" pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two forks until the butter reaches small pea-sized pieces. In a small cup or bowl, whisk the milk and almond extract together. Add it to the bowl and mix until well incorporated. Use your hands and knead the dough together until no dry ingredients remain.
Transfer to your prepared pan and spread it evenly. Press down on the dough with your fingers.
Bake in your preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is just beginning to become golden. While the crust is baking, prepare the crumble layer.
In the same large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugars, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom and oats. Then cut in the butter as you did previously and knead with your hands until no dry spots remain. Set aside.
Once the crust is done baking, keep the oven on, but remove the pan from the oven. Spread the jam directly on top of the hot crust. Then evenly distribute the crumble on top of the jam.
Bake in the oven for another 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
Allow the bars to cool completely before slicing and serving.
Store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature. They will keep for several days.