Raspberry Crumble-Topped Bars for Valentine’s Day

For Valentine’s Day, how about making these Raspberry Crumble-Topped Bars? I am a known chocoholic, so it is a BIG deal that I am putting a crumble shortbread filled with jam on my site! I have to say, this is a very delicious alternative to chocolate and I am so glad I got my good friend Lisa to talk me into giving them a try for our Valentine’s Sweet Treat Post. Lisa has been a regular contributor on the blog and is the best baker I know.  She can cook circles around me and I am so happy she made these bars for us. The recipe calls for strawberry filling which Lisa changed to raspberry (depending on your personal preference either would be yummy) and decorated a few in chocolate for me!  Lisa used the recipe from The Everyday Baker: Recipes and Techniques for Foolproof Baking which is a really wonderful cookbook. Every recipe comes with lots of tips and simple techniques to make even the beginner baker turn out masterpieces.  Now that I have had time to leaf through Lisa’s copy, I am looking forward to getting my own copy.  I can’t wait to hear if you make these bars and if so, how you like them!  Happy Early Valentine’s Day!

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Ridgely Brode shares a recipe for Raspberry Crumble-topped Bars on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

 

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Ridgely Brode shares a recipe for Raspberry Crumble-topped Bars on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

 

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Ridgely Brode shares a recipe for Raspberry Crumble-topped Bars on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

Raspberry or Strawberry Crumble-Topped Bars from The Everyday Baker
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 Squares
Ingredients
  • Nonstick Cooking spray or softened butter, for preparing the pan
  • 12 Tbs (6oz/ 170g) unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • ⅔ cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp table salt
  • 1 cup Raspberry or Strawberry Jam
  • ⅓ cup Medium-Finely Chopped Walnuts (optional)
  • Confectioners' Sugar, for dusting (optional)
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted for decoration (optional)
Instructions
  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350F. Line a 8-inch square baking pan (I like the straight-sided kind) with foil or parchment paper, leaving about a 1-inch overhang on two sides. Lightly grease the foil
  2. Cut the butter in half lengthwise and then cut each strip into 6 pieces. Pile onto a plate and slide into the freezer until ready to use.
  3. Put the egg and vanilla in a ramekin or small bowl and us a small fork to mix until blended. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a food processor. Process until blended, about 2 seconds. Scatter the chilled butter pieces over the flour mixture and pulse until the mixture forms coarse crumbs and the butter is in very small pieces. Drizzle the egg mixture over the flour mixture, then pulse just until the dough forms moist crumbs and the butter is incorporated, about 20 seconds. Remove the dough from the bowl and divide in half.
  4. Scatter half of the dough in the prepared pan and, using lightly floured fingertips if necessary, pat it down into the bottom and corners of the pan to make a even layer. Using a spoon or small offset spatula, spread the strawberry jam evenly over the dough. Add the walnuts (if using them) to the remaining dough and, using fingers, mix and gently pinch the dough until it forms crumbles (there will be some big crumbles but mostly small). Scatter the crumbles evenly over the jam.
  5. For a soft texture, bake until the top is pale golden, 36-38 minutes. For a crunchy texture, bake until the top is golden brown and the jam is bubbling around the edges, 40-42 minutes. Move the panto a rack and let cool completely.
  6. To cut, use the foil on the sides of the pan to lift the cookie from the pan. carefully peel away the foil from the sides and set the cookie on a cutting board. Using a ruler as a guide and a serrated knife, cut crosswise in 4 equal strips and then cut each strip into squares (about 2 inches). I use a gentle sawing motion to break through the top crust and then firmly push down the knife. Dust lightly with confectioners' sugar just before serving or melt semi-sweet chocolate and drizzle over squares before serving, if desired.
Notes
Make Ahead:
The bars can be prepared through Step 3, covered, and frozen for up to 1 month before baking. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.
The baked bars can be covered and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Flavor Swap:
In place of Walnuts, use the same amount of any nut - even lightly salted peanuts are delicious in these cookies, especially when using grape jelly or jam.
In the place of strawberry jam, use the same amount of any fruit flavor jam or preserves

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Ridgely Brode shares a recipe for Raspberry Crumble-topped Bars on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

 

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Ridgely Brode shares a recipe for Raspberry Crumble-topped Bars on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

 

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If You Really Want to Know, It’s All About Dark Chocolate

If you really want to know what I would like for Valentine’s Day, I will give you one BIG hint and it is from See’s Candies. I don’t need a dozen roses, white or pink for me if you are curious, a gift card to a Spa (see below for discount!) is always a great idea, a dinner out would be very welcome, but a nice big box of dark, nuts and chews would be my favorite present of all.  See’s Candies are the best and a very rare treat…

Guess what Ridgely Brode, blogger behind Ridgely's Radar, would like for Valentines Day? A box of Dark Chocolates from See's Candies!

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Setting a Festive Table for Christmas with Vintage Finds

Every year, I try to come up with a new way to set my table for Christmas and, this past Summer, I found a really beautiful vintage tablecloth and matching napkins which I have been holding on to until now to break out.  I love how the red berries set off the green leaves in the holly and wanted to highlight that when I set the table. It was so much fun to put it all together and I hope you enjoy seeing how it turned out. I still can’t believe Christmas is here… I  have a pile of presents to wrap and some dishes to prepare. I am going to keep it simple so that we can all relax (that means me too) and enjoy the festivities.  If you need a last minute dessert idea, this is delicious, or, if  you are looking for a make-ahead breakfast, for Christmas morning, this is a favorite in our house and won’t take very long to assemble.  Have a wonderful Holiday and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode, Lifestyle Blogger, sets her table for Christmas with a vintage table cloth and napkins on Ridgely's Radar.

 

 

5 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving

One of my favorite things to do is set my table for a party, family gathering or holiday.  I look for ideas all year long and buy vintage fabrics when I see them to make tablecloths for different themes. I have bins of decorative items like pine cones, faux branches, gourds and pumpkins that I can use as filler for my centerpieces.  It may be a bit excessive, but I try to get them at the end of each season so they are on sale, but sometimes I don’t have a choice and buy them full price. I love browsing One Kings Lane, AmazonPier 1 Imports, and Home Decorators Collection for ideas and to add things to my stash.  Here are 5 unique ways to decorate your table for Thanksgiving:

  1. Thanksgiving Inspiration
  2. DIY Metallic and Glitter Gourds
  3. Glitter and Gold Thanksgiving
  4. Another centerpiece with the Metallic and Glitter Gourds
  5. Green and Silver Thanksgiving

5 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

 

5 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

 

5 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

Images top : Thanksgiving Inspiration  middle:  Glitter and Gold Thanksgiving  ( DIY Metallic and Glitter Gourds) Bottom: Green and Silver Thanksgiving

 

Hot Ham Buns

Every Halloween, since we had children, my husbands’ family would come to our house to celebrate. The kids would come having already eaten dinner (otherwise we could never get them to have dinner once the had bags full of candy) and dressed to go trick or treating.  The guys would take the kids around the the neighborhood, while the ladies stayed at our house waiting to pass out candy. When everyone arrived back to our house, the adults would have these hot ham buns that my Mother-in-Law would make. They are individually wrapped and easy to pass around to guests, with little or no mess. I cannot think of Halloween without having them and we made up a batch this weekend to have on hand. They are perfect for a picnic or evening around the fire pit. I hope you like them as much as we do!

Hot Ham Buns | Ridgely's Radar

 

Hot Ham Buns | Ridgely's Radar

 

Hot Ham Buns | Ridgely's Radar

 

Hot Ham Buns
 
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Author:
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
FOR 4 SANDWICHES
  • ¼ Cup Soft Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Prepared Horseradish Mustard (you can also use Gulden's Brown Spicy Mustard)
  • 2 Teaspoons Poppy Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Onion
  • 4 Hamburger Buns
  • ½ Pound or 12 slices Baked Ham, thinly sliced (3 slices per sandwich)
  • 4 slices Swiss Cheese (1 per sandwich)
FOR 24 SANDWICHES
  • 1½ Sticks Soft Butter
  • ¼ Cup Prepared Horseradish Mustard (you can also use Gulden's Brown Spicy Mustard)
  • ⅛ Cup Poppy Seeds
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Onion
  • 24 Hamburger Buns
  • 3 Pounds or 72 slices Baked Ham, thinly sliced (3 slices per sandwich)
  • 24 slices Swiss Cheese (1 per sandwich)
Instructions
  1. Pre-Heat Oven at 350F
  2. Combine softened butter, horseradish mustard, poppy seeds, and onion in a bowl
  3. Spread the butter mixture on the top side of each bun
  4. Put one slice of Swiss cheese on the bottom half of each bun
  5. Put 3 slices of Ham on top of the swiss cheese
  6. Cover the ham with the top half of hte buns
  7. Wrap each bun in aluminum foil
  8. Heat for approximately 20 mins or until the cheese has melted.
  9. Serve Warm
Notes
We freeze the uncooked wrapped sandwiches and when we want to serve them we remove from the freezer, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then heat as directed.

For an appetizer, after heating we cut each bun in 4 and serve on a platter. YUM!

 

Hot Ham Buns | Ridgely's Radar

 

Hot Ham Buns | Ridgely's Radar

 

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Time to Order Your Holiday Cards

It is too bad the weather is calling for rain this weekend because it would be a great time to get some family pictures taken (if you haven’t already) and order your Holiday cards. Tinyprints is offering 30% off EVERYTHING this weekend plus free shipping (through Tuesday 9/6). I am so excited!!!!  I am in desperate need for some personalized note cards and know that our sons need some too. Which gets me to thinking of all the Christmas presents I can knock off all at once.  They have great personalized notepads, gift cards, return address labels and sticker tags…. I love stocking up on tons of personalized sticker tags. My all time favorite new find is their custom wrapping paper, it is so fun and what a great idea! I want to get it for every occasion!  It is probably a good thing rain is in the forecast, I am going to hunker down and get shopping.. at 30% off already great prices you can’t go wrong!

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