Thursday, August 5, 2010

So-Simple Linzer Torte Bars with Wild Plum Jam


I found a wild plum tree in the corner of the hilltop here, and right now the branches are heavy with ripe, glowing fruit.


I picked as many as I could carry and for a few days they sat there, pink purple and pretty, in a wire basket, because I wasn't sure what I wanted to make with them.
I decided to cook them into a simple jam of fruit and powdered sugar.
It melted down into the most delicious, tart, sweet, sticky magenta mess.
I jarred it up and put it into the fridge.


Then I found a recipe I knew I wanted to use this wild plum jam for.
Linzer Tort Bars, by Betty Crocker.
The recipe is so simple; only 6 ingredients.
And the result is lovely!


Linzer Torte Bars

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup ground walnuts or almonds
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon cinammon (I substituted 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg)
2/3 cup red raspberry preserves (I used my wild plum preserves)

Heat oven to 375°
Mix all ingredients except preserves until crumbly.
Press two-thirds of mixture into an ungreased pan, 9x9x2 inches (a brownie pan).
Spread with preserves.
Sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Press gently into preserves.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown.
Cool completely before cutting into squares.
Store in an airtight container.


YUM.

xoxo country girl

10 comments:

  1. So beautiful, and delicious-looking! Wish I could find little treasures like that where I live! ♥

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  2. Look gorgeous Dawn! Love the plums too,reminds me that damson season is on it's way here soon. I'll definitely be making these xox Rachel

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  3. Oh yummm, they look delicious and am sure they taste as much! Wish I was your neighbor and you'd have me over for tea and bars. :) Thanks for the recipe!!

    Blessings.......
    xoxo Gert

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  4. Beautiful photos….how delightful you have a plum tree growing wild!

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  5. Those bars look so deliciously inviting on your cake stand. Beautiful! So fortunate to have wild plums.Yum!

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  6. The jam and the bars look lovely Dawn, hope you enjoyed them xo

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  7. Hi Dawn: We have min schnauzers--now two. I was getting cold feet right before we got Betsy (2nd) but we are glad we got her. Just don't evaluate it for a month. Let the dogs work it out between themselves, their "pecking order". They establish who is the dominant one and this even changes. It is sort of like adding a 2nd child, changes your life at first but then it all works out. Pat Mofjeld

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  8. hi there.

    i just wanted to stop by and tell you i adore your blog. i had found it several months ago, and would have said how much i love it back then, but my old computer would not let me comment on certain blogs... i think it was a system software incompatibility.

    anyway, i have a new computer, and now i can comment. your blog is so upbeat and inspiring and beautiful, and when i found it, i had to add your joy button to my side bar. anyway, i just wanted you to know i stop by from time to time and get much inspiration from the beauty found here.

    have a wonderful day!

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  9. These look so beautiful and delicious, I can't wait to make them. I wish I had a plum tree!

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