csa noms: strawberry oatmeal bars

i got some DELICIOUS looking strawberries in my csa box this week. it took all my self control not to eat them before i even got them home. i wanted to try something new with strawberries – specifically i wanted to bake with them. it took some searching around before i found the right recipe. i ended up combining two recipes from the food network – one for strawberry oatmeal bars and one for strawberry jam. making my own jam was actually pretty easy, so expect some future blogs about jams and canning.

strawberryoatmealbars

ingredients
1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for greasing pan
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, halved and hulled
2 small lemons
1 cup white sugar

directions
preheat the oven to 350 degrees f. butter a 9-by-13-inch rectangular pan.
to make jam, combine the white sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan. cook over very low heat for 10 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved. add the strawberries and continue to cook over very low heat for 20 minutes, until the mixture boils slowly. set aside.

mix together the butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. press half the oat mixture into the prepared pan. spread with the strawberry jam. sprinkle the other half of the oat mixture over the top and pat lightly. bake until light brown, about 30 to 40 minutes. let cool completely. then cut into squares.
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