These Czech bars with jam and walnuts are super easy to make and very delicious. An Old World recipe, the bars are buttery, sweet, and perfect for any occasion.
Irresistible Recipe Appeal
These Czech Bars With Jam and Walnuts are inspired by the Commemorative Cookbook of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota.
I love these books as they always bring together the culture, the recipes, and the traditions of a state. I was always interested in Minnesota's culture, the state that adopted me many years ago when I moved to the U.S., so I always looked for ways to familiarize myself with the place's culture.
Minnesota has a great tradition of baking casseroles, cookies, and bars, probably because there was not much to do in the old times during the winter.
With the cold climate, we have almost 8 months a year, and comforting food is important for survival.
Minnesota also has an important number of Germans, Eastern Europeans, and Northern European descendants known for their baking skills.
For that matter, Minnesotan cooking books have an extensive collection of coffee breads, cookies, pastries, and bars.
For today, I chose this recipe because it reminds me of a recipe of bars my German grandmother, Herta, used to bake.
She also lived in Transylvania, where Romanians, Germans, and Hungarians lived in peaceful communities.
Women exchanged recipes and loved to cook and bake using basic ingredients that everyone kept in their pantries.
The recipe is very simple to make, and if you have a jar of strawberry, raspberry, lingonberries, rosehip, or apricot jam, it is time to make these great little bars.
How to serve
The bars are great with a cup of coffee, so maybe you would like to try a cup of this Traditional Turkish Coffee for a change.
Festive Culinary Treats
These bars are perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon or a potluck. Also, they go well for holidays, parties, and anything else in between.
They are basically made from soft dough and jam. Half of the dough goes into the bottom of the baking pan. A layer of the jam goes over the first layer, then the rest of the dough goes on top of that.
Pretty easy if you ask me. Everything goes in the oven and bakes for almost an hour. Voila!
You end up with delicious bars that can satisfy any sweet tooth.
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Czech Bars with Jam and Walnuts
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- ¾ cup fig strawberry, raspberry or apricot jam
- Preheat the oven to 325F.
- Beat butter, sugar, and salt together until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs and beat well.
- Gradually add flour and mix well.
- Fold in chopped walnuts.
- Spread ½ batter in greased 8x12 inch baking pan.
- Top with the jam.
- Cover the jam with the remaining batter (It may need to be pressed by hand).
- Bake at 325F for 1 hour.
- Let it cool completely before cutting into squares.