Strawberry Jam Crumble Bars

Berry season… It’s a cracking time of the year. Day by day, we unfreeze little by little, and the smell of fresh, in-season strawberries at the grocer is undeniably Spring. I love it! In the last few weeks, I’ve baked crumbles, jams, and even the odd cobbler, full of those Springtime strawberries. These Strawberry Jam crumble bars are a bit of a culmination of making too much jam and needing an easy lunchbox treat one Sunday afternoon. We’re talking a light, buttery base, a layer of strawberry jam and topped with a shortbread streusel crumble on top. Monday morning tea heaven right there!

Why you are going to love about these easy strawberry crumble bars…

They are so super simple to make. All the prep work is done in your food processor in under 5 minutes. Seriously, the hardest part is waiting for it to cool before eating!

It has morning tea written ALL OVER IT. No joke, I have taken this to work so many times and it always disappears.

While this strawberry bars recipe is morning (or afternoon) tea heaven, it also lends itself to a delicious dessert. Just top each bar with a scoop of ice cream. Voila!

What you need to make these jam shortbread bars

  • Baking Essentials – sugar, plain flour


  • Straight from the fridge, cold Unsalted Butter


  • A little salt to help deepen the flavour.


  • Strawberry Jam. I used a cup of homemade jam, however, I’ve also used Bon Maman’s Strawberry conserve before and it was equally delicious. Fruit conserves tend to be runnier than jams so just factor that in when… You could also substitute the strawberry jam your favourite jam. Blueberry Jam, raspberry jam, cherry jam. So many variations… go forth and experiment!


  • Vanilla extract. A good vanilla extract is worth its weight in gold. This one is my favourite. It’s a true grade A bourbon vanilla bean extract with seeds.

The details

  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celcius


  2. Grease and line a 34cm x 20cm slice pan with parchment paper


  3. Place all the ingredients except the jam into a food processor and pulse until the dough resembles fine crumbs.


  4. Place 2/3 of the crumble dough in the slice pan and press down to make an even base. Spread the strawberry jam evenly over the base and top with the remaining crumble.


  5. Pop into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.



  6. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.


  7. Cut into bars and serve

Equipment you’ll need

The quickest way to make shortbread is in a food processor. The multipurpose plade cuts the cold butter through the dry ingredients in a flash. It does depend on the size of your food processor with how long it will take. Mine is quite large – It’s a Magimix 5200XL and a total beast! It takes under a minute to make the shortbread dough. A smaller food processor might just take an extra 30 seconds to mix everything thoroughly, as it’s quite a big slice.

Don’t have a food processor? You could also make this by hand by rubbing the butter and the dry ingredients between your fingers until you have a crumbly, breadcrumb-like mixture.

How to store these strawberry crumb bars

After cooling, slice and pop in a single layer in an airtight container in the fridge. They will happily last in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Strawberry Jam Crumble Bars

  • Author: Emma Lee
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Resting Time:
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 14 bars 1x
  • Category: Sweets
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Australian

Description

Melt in your mouth, buttery shortbread with a generous layer of strawberry jam, and a (yet more shortbread!) crumble topping. Pass the tea please!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 300g unsalted butter
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c cornflour
  • 2 3/4 c plain flour
  • 1 c strawberry jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius
  2. Grease and line a 34cm x 20cm slice pan with parchment paper
  3. Place all the ingredients except the jam into a food processor and pulse until the dough mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  4. Place 2/3 of the crumble dough in the slice pan and press down to make an even base. Spread the jar of strawberry jam evenly over the base and top with the remaining crumble.
  5. Pop into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes until light golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  7. Cut into bars and serve.

Notes

In this case, I used a cup of homemade strawberry jam. I have also used Bon Mamam Strawberry Jam and it was just as delicious. Don’t be afraid to substitute with your favourite jam flavour.

Be sure not to overwork your dough. Pulsing your shortbread dough in the food processor is a really quick process and should take under 2 minutes. The key to making any shortbread is to work the dough as little as possible, so you get that melt-in-your-mouth shortbread texture!

Depending on your tribe, this makes 14 large bars or 21 smaller bars.

Keywords: Slice, Strawberry, Jam

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