I couldn't remember the name of the recipe at church yesterday so we decided to call them "Plummy Parsonage Bars."
The real name is Microwave Oatmeal Jam Bars and I found the recipe at the food.com website.
- 3⁄4 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 3⁄4 cups unsifted flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1⁄2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
- 3⁄4 cup raspberry jam (I used plum, but you can use any fruit jam or preserves. I have some homemade apple butter a congregation member made and I think that would be delicious. Will definitely make them with strawberry jam during strawberry season.)
- Lightly grease an 8-inch, heat-resistant, non-metallic baking dish.
- In a medium-sized bowl, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Stir in flour, salt, baking soda and oats. Combine until well blended.
- Press one-half of mixture into bottom of prepared baking dish.
- Heat, uncovered, on FULL POWER 5 minutes.
- Spread jam evenly over baked oat mixture.
- Crumble remaining oat mixture over jam and press lightly.
- Heat, uncovered, on FULL POWER 7 minutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick.(It should come out clean).
- Allow to cool and cut into bars.
They were delicious and it was easy to make them in the parsonage kitchen, which doesn't have a lot of equipment. Note: the parsonage microwave is an 1100 watt oven. You probably need to consider adjusting the time if you have a more powerful one. These were not too dry - nice and chewy on the bottom and slightly crumbly on top. Yum!