Many, many years ago, I loved to collect cook books. I had a dedicated bookcase in my kitchen for them. Then, I had to expand them into "our den", because they outgrew their shelves in the kitchen. I would send for many booklets that different food company's advertised for free. The recipe I am making for Recipe Thursday came out of a 1978 Quaker Oats booklet. That year I just had my first child, so when I say many, many years ago, it was.
As I had children, and they entered school, I would make this recipe as an afternoon snack for them. I use to make it quite a lot in those years. Then, like everything else, the recipe was forgotten, and placed in a box of old cookbooks, not to be thrown away, but to be saved "forever"!!
After about 28 years living in the same house, we found a place to down size to. Which meant, all my cookbooks in their boxes was put up in that house's attic, never to be seen again for 7 years, when we moved again to up size our house. My children (4) were of great help, and the girls put some of my everyday cookbooks on a shelf in my new kitchen.
Because my "old" brain skips here and there on many subjects, I was thinking one day, whatever became of my Quaker Oats booklet with that great bar recipe? (see hint, it is going to be a bar) Looked high and low, for the life of me couldn't find it, and blamed my children for probably throwing it out! So, here a few months ago, I am looking for something in the night stand of our bedroom, yup, you guessed it. There it was. I was so excited, that I put together a batch of these bars that day.
My son-in-law can't get enough of them. Let me just say, they are very sweat, and really good. Don't let the name fool you. It is described as: A layered treat, with the sweet taste of fruit combined with the crunch and "wholesomeness" of the oat mixture. I think they may have been a little confused on what was "wholesome" in the 70's. LOL
Wholegrain Jam Squares
2 cups Quaker Oats (Quick or Old Fashioned, uncooked)
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I usually use 1 cup)
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. soda
1 pt preserves (I use mine that I can)
Combine all ingredients, except preserves in large mixing bowl, beat at low speed on electric mixer until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 2 cups; press remaining onto bottom of greased 13x9 inch pan. Spread preserves evenly over the base; sprinkle with reserved mixture.
Bake in preheated 400 degree oven, 25-30 min. or until golden brown. Cool, cut into squares.
|Ready for assembling..butter,flour mixture, brown sugar & oats.|
|Press mixture on bottom of a 13 x 9 " pan|
|Add preserves and crumble reserved mixture over top|
|DONE.........cooling. I cut it while it was still warm, |
when completely cool, it will come out in bar form.
Published in 1978.
I think the bars have cooled and they are calling from the kitchen...........very good with a glass of milk!!
Try it, you'll like it!!
Thanks for stopping by, please come back..........let me know if you tried them.