Ingredients 13 ozs. butter, softened (12 is recommended but I used an extra ounce to blend the mix better) 1 cup light brown sugar, packed 1-1/2 cups oats (I used old-fashioned) 1-1/2 cups flour 3/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. baking powder 12 ozs. raspberry jam (I used Tiptree Raspberry Seedless; any jam with a bit of a tang will be fine)
Process Set oven at 400 degrees F. Cream butter and sugar, about 3 mins. Combine dry ingredients: oats, flour, salt, baking powder. Stir into creamed mixture. Press half of dough into bottom of greased & floured pan (can use Bakers' Joy) Place jam into microwaveable dish or jar and blits for 25 seconds (this prevents it from sticking on the oat/flour base) Spread jam on base. Crumble 2nd half of oatmeal crust mix over the raspberry layer. Bake until verylight brown, about 20-22 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely in pan before cutting.
These are nice and easy but even with "nice and easy" it's possible for me to mess up - I baked the bars for 25 minutes - it's too much. They came out with the jam having a bitter flavor and the bars were quite hard, like rusks. This is the second time I have made these - the first time they were a grand success and I got an order for 2 dozen. The first batch were a pale brown, with a bit of loose oatmeal here and there. I'm not taking a disappointment to my customer so now it's off to the shops to replenish my supplies and to bake them for less time.
This batch came out beautifully at 20 mins. I hope my customer enjoyed them - he joked he was going to put out about 5 for his family and keep the rest hidden for noshing.