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filled with strawberry jam
I’ve made these strawberry oatmeal squares more than a month ago, if I’m not mistaken, but just couldn’t get around to posting it. Now in all the hectic of the past weeks, I could really use such a simple sweet treat.
There has been so much going on in my house lately. So much creativity to design new adventures, hope for a more exciting future, a big bucket of positive vibes and, not to forget, a lot of passion. Fabian (the boyfriend if you forgot) and I have been growing a lot as a person this last year. We’ve been more in touch with our characters and especially with the things we find important. There is so much we want to do for ourselves and the world in which we live, so we decided that we should just start. Isn’t that what life is all about? Living?!
But, I won’t be giving it all away now because this post is all about the soft, rich and sweet strawberry oatmeal squares. You will notice all the changes when the times come here on my blog. In the meantime let’s talk about these strawberry oatmeal squares. These are my go-to snack to bring to potlucks, work or whatever I go. Now I’m even thinking of making it a standard treat to have in my home, like cookies. You can store it in the fridge and they’ll be good for days.
The recipe is originally from a cookbook I’m a big fan off, with some small adaptation It’s a Dutch book based on the show ‘Heel Holland Bakt’ (translation: Whole Netherlands Bake), which is an adaptation of the show The Great British Bake Off. I have the 2014 version with recipes of the winner, Menno de Koning. His recipes are modern with many American influences. He’s just a badass baker!
Baked oatmeal bars filled with strawberry jam.
- 160 gr oatmeal
- 300 gr flour
- 220 gr light brown sugar
- 0.5 tsp baking soda
- 2 pinches of salt
- 230 gr cold butter in small squares
- 450 gr strawberry jam
- 20cm/8inch square pan
- parchment paper
Preheat the oven to 175 Celsius or 350 Fahrenheit. Layer the pan with parchment paper and lightly grease the baking tin with butter.
In a shallow bowl mix the oatmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add the cold butter and knead them into the mixture. Crumble the butter and mixture with your fingers till you get a crumbly dough.
Add half of the mixture to the bottom of the tin and pack the mixture together with your finger. Smear the jam on top, but leave about 1cm/0.4 inch space from the edge. Add one more layer of the oatmeal mixture and pack it lightly again.
In the preheated oven bake them for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let them cool completely before cutting them into squares.