Sunday, December 11, 2011

Scandinavian Pastry Bars

This recipe is one of my favorites. The sweetness of the crust and meringue is offset by slightly tart raspberry jam, and the almonds lend a nice crunch. These bars are delicious any time of day, but are especially nice with a cup of tea or coffee in the morning.

Scandinavian Pastry Bars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup salted butter, softened
  • 3/4 Cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 Cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 3 Egg whites
  • 6 Tbs sugar
  • 1/2 Cup shredded coconut
  • 1 Cup sliced almonds, divided
Ingredients


In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar


until light and fluffy


Gradually add flour; mix well


Press dough into the bottom of a 13"x9" greased baking pan


Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned


Spread jam over crust


covering from edge to edge


In a large bowl, beat egg whites


until soft peaks form


Gradually beat in sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until stiff peaks form


Add coconut


and fold in gently


Add a half cup of almonds


and carefully fold in


Add egg white mixture over jam


and spread evenly


Sprinkle with remaining almonds


Bake at 350F for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown


Enjoy!


Click here for printable recipe.

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