Sour Cherry Bars


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cubed

4 cups Jersey Fresh sour cherries, pitted
1/2 sugar, or to taste (optional)
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 TB all-purpose flour
2 TB unsalted butter, melted and cooled


If soak cherries: up to 4 days, no soaking: 30m prep time / 55m cook time

NOTE: Depending on how tart you want your bars to be, you can soak the cherries in sugar to sweeten them a bit. Simply put the cherries in a container with a lid or ziploc bag and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of sugar. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours or up to 4 days.

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper and butter the parchment.
2. Make the crust: in a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add the butter and blend with a pastry cutter (or your hands) until it is combined and clumpy.
3. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the crust mixture. Pour the remainder in the buttered pan and press firmly with your hands covering the bottom of the pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool while you make the filling.
4. Make the filling: in a medium bowl, stir together the cherries, sugar, cinnamon, flour and butter. Spoon onto the crust and spread evenly to cover entire pan. If the mixture is very juicy, do not use all the juice or the bars will be soggy. Sprinkle the reserved crust mixture over the cherries. Bake for 40 minutes rotating halfway and until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown.

Jersey Fresh Product(s) Used: Cherries

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