What’s your favorite jam?
I love of browsing little shops and finding unique blends of jams. I sometimes have four or five different varieties in my pantry ready to crack open to spread on a piece of warm bread or to enjoy on my morning toast with coffee.
My mother just returned from a three month stay in Hawaii. Must be nice, I know. The one thing she knows she can always bring me home is food from her travels. And when she was in Hawaii she brought me back a jar of Maui Papaya and Pineapple Jam; sounds good, doesn’t it?
I found a recipe for Jam Squares on Yumsilicious Bakes for this month’s Secret Recipe Club and I knew these bars would be perfect with my fresh Hawaiian jam I just received.
Yumsilious Bakes is written by the very talented Avanika and has a variety of you guessed it, yummy and delicious sweets that had my drooling. I had fun browsing through all the great recipes and settling on just one was difficult but I am so glad I picked these Jam Squares to share. They are incredibly easy, and you can fill these bars with any type of jam you prefer.
I modified the recipe just slightly. I cut the recipe in half so I could make these in an 8″x8″ pan and I could have a thick crust. I also modified the amount of jam as I wanted there to be a nice, thick layer of jam in between the layers.
These are perfect to whip up and take to a summer picnic with some fresh summer jam that we’ll be whipping up with all the berries that will soon be in season.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 8″x8″ baking pan with non-stick cooking spray or lightly grease with butter and set aside.
Add flour, sugar, walnuts and butter to a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or a fork, combine butter with dry ingredients until mixture is combined. Alternatively, place ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times until combined.
Reserve 1 cup of the mixture and press the remaining mixture on the bottom of prepared baking pan to form crust. Press until mixture is firmly in place.
Spread jam on top of crust and sprinkle with reserved flour mixture.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on a wire rack completely. Cut into desired size squares.