Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Cherry Pie Bars

For the Crust & Topping:
3/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats

For the Filling:
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Greek yogurt or sour
   cream
2 tablespoons fresh lemon
   juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups frozen cherries,
   thawed, drained, and cut in
   half


  • Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Grease a 9×9-inch baking pan, line with parchment paper (so that it over hangs slightly from the pan) and grease the parchment paper.  Set aside.
  • To make the crust, in a medium bowl combine butter, powdered sugar, flour, salt, and lemon zest.  Use your fingers or a wooden spoon to work the mixture into a shaggy dough.  Big bits of butter will remain and the flour won’t be entirely incorporated  That’s perfect.  
  • Separate 1/2 cup of the shaggy dough and place it in a small bowl and add the oats. Work the oats into the mixture to create a crumble.  Set aside.
  • With the remaining dough, continue to stir with the spoon until it forms a homogenous ball of soft dough.  Place the dough in large chunks in the prepared pan.  Add a bit of flour to your fingers and press the dough across the bottom of the pan in an even layer.
  • Bake the dough for 12 to 15 minutes until browned around the edges.  While the crust bakes, assemble the filling.
  • To make the filling, in a medium bowl (used the same bowl you made the crust in) whisk together eggs, sugar, flour, lemon juice, yogurt, and salt.  Whisk until smooth and well incorporated.
  • Place drained cherry halves across the the surface of the baked crust and slowly pour the lemon filling over the cherries.   Sprinkle the oat topping over the filling.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until set through.  Give the pan a light shake and if the mixture is still very wavy in the center allow it to make for a few minutes long. A little jiggle is ok.
  • Cool to room temperature and chill for an hour before slicing.