Almond Fruit Bars

almond fruit bars

I know most people probably don’t have tea time in the afternoon. I usually don’t either. But, now that the cold is here and I find myself braving the wind and chill with my kids, “tea time” in the afternoon is becoming more of a regular occurrence. And, these are a perfect tea time snack. A not so sweet, sweet in the afternoon with a quick latte or spiced milk.

These are extremely easy to throw together. The use of jam means that there’s no effort in the filling department and the crust comes together in minutes. In the fall and winter fill it with spiced jam or fruit butter (such as Plum Apple Butter or Grapefruit Cranberry Marmalade). In the spring and summer fill it with lighter flavours such as strawberry, blueberry or peach.

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When you’re surrounded by so much sweetness how can you not give in and brave the cold?

Even if you don’t have tea time these would be a great less sweet addition to a sweet tray for all the holidays coming up. Sometimes you just need a less sweet, sweet, to cut all the sweetness. ;)

Almond Fruit Bars
 
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup light-brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup jam
Instructions
  1. Stir together flour, cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Stir in almonds.
  3. Line an 8×8 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Press enough of dough into the bottom of the pan to cover the bottom completely (about half). Whisk jam to loosen, if necessary. Spread onto dough leaving a small gap near the edges to avoid sticking. Sprinkle with remaining dough, pressing gently to flatten.
  4. Bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden. Allow to cool before slicing.

Adapted from Martha Stewart.