Clean-out-the-freezer Barley Jam Bars

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It’s nearly spring and that means things will soon begin to grow, and then ripen and then be ready for jarring up, or packing away in the freezer. Now is the time to make room for all that goodness – and what better place to start your Spring Cleaning than the freezer, and what better way than with a delicious treat that is so simple and easy to make, you can eat them anytime, or all the time!

Breakfast? There’s fruit and grains in there… Check. Lunch? Just wrap up a few and take them anywhere. After dinner dessert? Yes- especially served still warm a la mode! Midnight snack? If your lucky and there are still some left- absolutely!

And with a hearty base of Alaska Grown Barley, they are moist and nutty, versatile and variable and totally sharable! But don’t forget to make one pan for yourself too! These are some of our favorite treats, and even in a counter top toaster oven, nearly foolproof to prepare.

 

Barley Flour Jam Bars

Modified from Chef Julie Yoon’s recipe

1 1/2 Cups Alaska Flour Company Barley Flour

1/3 Cup Sugar

Pinch of Salt

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 – 16 oz. jar Petersen’s Pantry fruit preserves, any flavor – or combination of flavors!

 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line an 8 inch square baking dish with 2 overlapping rectangles of parchment, leaving an overhang.

Place the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor, using short bursts to combine. Gradually add the butter in slices with the processor on low only until combined into a crumbly dough.

Separate and refrigerate 3 tablespoons of the dough for the topping. Press the remaining dough into the baking dish and put in the freezer until firm, about 10 minutes.

Bake the crust, 15 minutes. Spread the preserves on top, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Crumble the reserved dough on top. Return to the oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 25 minutes.

Let cool 20 minutes, then lift out of the pan, peel back the parchment and cut into squares.

For a delicious little bite, serve in our tulip cupcake papers for an especially springy presentation.

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