Monday, November 21, 2016

Sour cream cranberry bars {Secret Recipe Club}


Sadly, today is my last post for the Secret Recipe Club because it is ending this month. I've enjoyed participating in it so much! I love making something from someone's blog and I really love seeing the recipe someone picked from mine. It also helped keep me motivated to post after having the babies. I will miss it a lot. For my last post, I was assigned to make a recipe from Our Eating Habits. This blog is written by Jamie who loves her family, Christmas, Disney, and, of course, food. While looking through her blog, I was looking for a Thanksgiving appropriate recipe and was tempted to make her Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie (still am a little!), Cranberry Cornbread, and Rosemary Au Gratin Potatoes. I ended up choosing her Sour Cream Cranberry Bars. I chose these because I think cranberries are so underutilized outside of juice and cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving dinner. I love to use them in recipes. I also thought these bars would make a nice non-pie Thanksgiving dessert and also a nice Christmas dessert to add to your cookie tray. Plus since I made Sour Cream Apple Pie, I'm really loving desserts with sour cream in them. The recipe below I modified just slightly.


Sour cream cranberry bars
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
2 cups quick oats
1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups dried cranberries
1 cup sour cream (full fat preferably)
1/2 cup sugar
zest of one lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

With an electric mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar until light an fluffy. Mix in the oats, 1-1/2 cups flour, baking soda, and salt until combined. Firmly press half of the mixture into an ungreased 13x9" pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

Whisk the cranberries through egg, plus remaining 2 tablespoons of flour, together in a medium bowl.

When the crust has finished, spread the sour cream mixture on top. Then crumble the remaining crust on top. 

Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, until the filling is set and the top is golden.

Let cool before cutting into squares.

   
What was I cooking one year ago?: cranberry apple pie
Two years ago?: butternut squash & cranberry muffins
Three years ago?: chana masala 
Four?: turnip & Yukon gold potato gratin 
Five?: orange & honey roasted rutabaga 
6?: Tex-Mex turkey-stuffed baked winter squash
   

15 comments:

  1. Sweet, tangy and loaded with my favourite cranberries...a divine sweet treat, Amy.

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  2. I forgot about this recipe. I will also miss the fun of SRC, and seeing what recipe my assignment chose. You picked a good one, I may have to re-visit it this holiday season.

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  3. Oh, I love this kind of bars... And I am so sorry too that SRC has come to an end.

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  4. oooh, sounds like a great SRC choice! i'm so sad src is ending too. :( p.s. i think i'm trying your sour cream apple pie this week! at least that's the plan, as long as i have time.

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    1. Oh yay! I hope you do and enjoy it!

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  5. I love bars like these with oats and dried fruits. Sounds like your SRC was a wonderful group to belong to, will miss these posts.

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  6. I love nutty fruity bars like this, especially for a quick breakfast or road trip. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

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  7. These bars are great for a quick breakfast or for snacking... amazing pick for the last SRC post...

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  8. Oh this looks delicious! Great SRC recipe!

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  9. i've never seen sour cream incorporated into bars like this--what a great and delicious idea!

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  10. These bars are so perfect for the holiday season! Such a great treat and definitely a wonderful last pick.

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  11. Love cookies with soft interiors and these beat them all! Lots of textures, flavors and just overall goodness! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  12. Neat recipe! This looks like a fun one, and I'll bet the flavors of this are wonderful. Great choice. And Happy Thanksgiving!

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  13. I really like this idea for using dried cranberries as I always have some in the house at this time of year!

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  14. These look amazing, I'll have to try them for christmas dinner!

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