Monday, May 24, 2010

Quite Possibly the Best Dessert You've Ever Had

Seriously, I'm not lying. I received the cookbook Sticky Chewy Messy Gooey Desserts as an engagement present and when looking through for a dessert one evening I actually laughed with sarcasm when the author claimed it was her favorite dessert of all time and would be mine too. Set with that challenge, I made the dessert and have since converted many other people to its deliciousness. I am no longer allowed to make anything else for work functions, and every major event at our home must have it. You will love this dessert too if you make it, but you may not want to share!

Here is the recipe from that book with a few notes/changes that I have made.


1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 and ¾ cups all purpose flour
1 cup almond flour or very finely ground almonds
1 and ½ cup blackberry preserves (I also just use whatever it takes to
cover the dish you're cooking it in)
½ cup chopped almonds

**last time I made it I put that much sugar in it, but it was too sweet. Not sure if it was the jam or there really was just too much sugar. So you may want to put 3/4 cup of each instead, or taste to your liking.


If you don’t have almond flour on hand, you can make it like I did by grinding up 1 cup of almonds in your food processor until they are finely ground. It’s going to be combined with the flour so texture-wise, you want to get it as finely ground as possible.

Combine the butter and sugars in a large bowl. Using an electric mixture set at medium low speed, beat it until creamy. Add the vanilla and salt and beat until combined.

Combine almond flour (or ground almonds) with the flour. Mix well. Combine the dry mixture into the butter mixture on low speed, until a smooth, soft dough forms. Spray a 9 by 13 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and press 1/3 of the dough evenly into the pan to form a bottom crust. Wrap the remaining dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold and firm, at least 30 minutes. (Mine rarely makes it to 30 minutes. You can also put yours in the freezer, but make sure to thaw it properly in the fridge before baking.)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bake the bottom crust until it is firm and just beginning to turn pale brown around the edges, about 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and spread the preserves evenly over the crust. Crumble the remaining shortbread dough over the jam to form a pebbly, crumbled topping. Sprinkle with the chopped almonds.

Return pan to the oven and continue baking until topping is firm and crisp and lightly golden in color, about 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.

Use a sharp knife to cut bars evenly into 15 large squares. Do not try to cut when it is cold. Remove the bars from the pan with a metal spatula and if desired, cut in half on the diagonal to form 30 smaller triangular bars. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve.

The bars will keep, covered tightly, for about 1 week at room temperature, or in the freezer for up to one month.


Anonymous said...

This really is the best dessert ever. Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this recipe. The blackberry crumble is truly special. We had a wonderful time at your home this evening. Jeanie

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