I am very happy to finally be able to share with you a recipe that is the closest to my heart, the Walnut and Rose Hip Jam Bars. The recipe comes from my grandmother, Herta, who used to make it very often. She made these bars using walnuts from the walnut tree that was growing in the back yard, and rose hip jam she was making from scratch. My grandma is not around anymore, but the walnut tree that is over 100 years old is still alive…and the walnuts are delicious!
Anyway, this is a very German/Saxon recipe, very traditional for the Saxons living in Transylvania, like my grandmother. The bars have three layers: the crust, the jam and the walnuts.
I really encourage you to make it with rose hip jam, but if you do not have that, plum or lingonberry jams are good as well. The bars are sweet, so they need a tart jam, for balance.
I dare you to try the recipe and tell me if you liked it. It is a simple recipe and very delicious. You can make it for potlucks, picnics , holidays or any Sunday family meal. Perfect with coffee. This is how my grandmother used to serve it. Enjoy!
- 1 egg
- 6 oz butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbspb sour cream
- Jam layer:
- 1 jar of rose hip jam plum or lingonberry jams are fine too), 12-16oz
- Walnuts topping:
- 8 oz small chopped walnuts
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 zest and juice from one lemon
- 0.5 cup hot milk
- Preheat oven at 350F.
- Make the crust:
- Use a mixer to cream butter and sugar.
- Add the egg. Mix.
- Add the sour cream. Continue mixing.
- Add the flour and mix it to incorporate it.
- Shape the dough into a thick disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Lightly flour dough and counter and roll the dough to the size of a 9x13 inch baking pan.
- Place the dough in a 9x13 inch baking pan and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the walnuts topping:
- Mix together the walnuts, sugar, zest&juice from the lemon and the hot milk together. The mixture should be spreadable, not very liquid.
- After 15 minutes, remove the dough from the oven and spread the jam over it.
- Then spread the walnut mixture over the jam.
- Return the baking pan to the oven and continue baking for another 35-40 minutes.
- When cool, cut in squares.