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.
These Czech Bars With Jam and Walnuts are inspired from the Commemorative Cookbook of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota.
I love these books as they always bring together the culture, the recipes, and 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 culture of the place.
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, comforting food is important for survival.
Minnesota also has an important number of Germans, Eastern Europeans, and Northern Europeans descendants who are 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, rose hip or apricot jam, it is time to make these great little bars.
The bars are great with a cup of coffee, so maybe you yould like to try a cup of this Traditional Turkish Coffee for a change.
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 a soft dough and jam. Half of the dough goes on the bottom of the baking pan. A layer of jam goes over the batter, 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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- 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
- 3/4 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 1/2 batter in greased 8x12 inch baking pan.
Top with 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.
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 278 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 54mg Sodium: 117mg Carbohydrates: 29g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 15g Protein: 4g