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Rid Yourself of Summertime Sadness with Raspberry Streusel Bars

Raspberry Streusel BarsI first tried these delicious beauties when Bibby made them for our goodbye to Chef Jen.  That was the first weekend in August, and I’m STILL dreaming about Parties That Cook’s Raspberry Streusel Bars. I’ve decided to just give in, share the wealth, and feature them in this blog post. Make them soon! Your taste buds, stomach, and friends (if you share) will thank you.

Raspberry Streusel Bars
These addictively good bars and other tasty desserts can be found in our Dessert Recipe Library

Raspberry Streusel BarsIngredients
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
3 sticks unsalted butter (12 ounces), room temperature, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
Parchment paper
Baking spray

Streusel and Filling:
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup pecan pieces, finely chopped
3 Tablespoons butter, room temperature, cut into cubes
1 1/4 cups raspberry preserves
1 pint fresh raspberries or 1 1/2 cups strained frozen fruit (can sub strawberries, blueberries, blackberries)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Make Crust: Preheat oven to 400ºF. In the bowl of a food processor, process flour, granulated sugar, and salt until combined, about 5 seconds. Scatter the butter pieces over flour mixture and pulse until mixture resembles damp sand, about twenty 1-second pulses. Remove 1/3 of crust mixture into medium bowl and set aside. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and apply baking spray. Using hands or flat-bottomed measuring cup, firmly press the remaining 2/3’s of the mixture into even layer to form bottom crust. Bake until edges begin to brown, 12-15 minutes.

Prepare Streusel: While crust is baking, add brown sugar, oats, and nuts to reserved crust mixture; toss to combine. Work in the butter by rubbing mixture between fingers until butter is fully incorporated. Pinch mixture with fingers to create pea-sized clumps; set streusel aside.

Make Filling: Combine preserves, berries, lemon juice and salt in small bowl; mash with fork until combined but some berry pieces remain.

Assemble Bars: Spread filling evenly over hot crust; sprinkle streusel topping evenly over filling (do not press streusel into filling). Return pan to oven and bake until topping is deep golden brown and filling is bubbling, 18 minutes. Cool slightly in refrigerator. Using chef’s knife, cut into squares and serve.

Makes 48 Squares

Saying Goodbye to Family: Sausalito Jazz & Blues by the Bay

Sausalito Jazz FestParties That Cook believes that the magic of food can and does create connections; it creates family. Not every company is as tightly knit as Parties That Cook. When you join our team, you join our family. Each member is unquestionably valuable, and the Founder & CEO, Bibby Gignilliat, has crafted a really unique culture of support.

So when Chef Jen informed us of her need to move across the country, we were a little heartbroken to say goodbye. To cope with the on-setting depression, we decided to close the office early and head out to Sausalito for their Friday night jazz concert. How better to say goodbye than with a casual company picnic on a sunny afternoon near the water?!

Walking up to the group, this intern was introduced to a number of “family members” she previously knew only by name. We all settled down on our blankets and devoured Bibby’s delicious curried tuna in mini pita pockets. (Picnic finger food in true PTC fashion.) Perfectly savory with a slight sweetness, I couldn’t get enough of these. But let me tell you, the raspberry bars were even more incredible. The mild tartness of the raspberries and the sweet, crumbly almond crust come together to just melt in your mouth. I didn’t even realize they were a PTC recipe, but I’m still dreaming about these bars.

Sausalito Jazz FestThe big band jazz later serenaded us as we caught up on everyone’s plans. Laughter rose and a few of our crew stood up and danced. Music creates family in a similar way to food, and I think this was the perfect way to spend a Friday night. Dusk began to fall and the temperature began to drop as I watched everyone in our party embrace Jen and tell her how much her energy, skills, and laughter would be missed. If that isn’t family, I don’t know what is.

Goodbye Jen! Best of luck on all your ventures and we hope you stay in touch!