Lemon Curd Raspberry Crumb Bars for #SundaySupper

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You’d think that with summer vacation finally here and in full swing, I’d find more time to do summery things like frolic through lush fields of berries or buy fresh produce every week from the farmer’s market down the street from us. Instead, in the 4 weeks that have elapsed since my last academic conference, I have done goodness-knows-what with my time: running all of the annoying errands I never bothered to do during the school year, catching up here on the blog, and trying to earn a few extra bucks here and there when I can.

I never understood what all of my aunts meant when they said that they are “ten times busier now that they have retired,” but now I’m starting to get the point. Vacationing is rough, there’s no denying it.

The struggle is real.

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No, I’m kidding–of course, I know I’ve got it good. What is summer vacation anyway? Just a kid’s recess session on the playground of life. In the adult world, there is no recess. In the adult world, there is no nap time (unless you’re in Spain). There is no playground, and there definitely is no such thing as a “summer vacation.”

That being said……….

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“Adulting” (verb: the act of acting like a real, honest-to-goodness, bona fide adult) is actually kind of all kinds of awesome in its own way. Sure, you don’t get official nap time at work–but when you’re working a real job, nobody will stop you from vegging out on your couch watching Netflix for so long that you actually end up falling asleep with your face in the bowl of buttered popcorn (none of this “no butter” nonsense). And okay, maybe our metabolisms work precisely 9.5 times slower than they did five years ago – let’s be honest, it feels good to know that if you’ve had a rough day at work, nothing stands between you and that half-gallon of cookies ‘n cream special edition toffee crunch ice cream sitting in your freezer. When you were a kid, your parents were all like “don’t be ridiculous you can’t eat ice cream for breakfast or after dinner or right now because it’s past midnight already and you should be in bed.” None of that nonsense: as adults, we have long since paid our dues in the name of reasonable upbringing, and if I want to attack that ice cream with a spoon at 4 AM just because, then I will very damn well do so, please and thank you.

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How have I handled becoming an adult? Super, duper responsibly, of course. Case in point: I made these lemon curd raspberry crumb bars at 3:30 AM on a weeknight because I decided to stay up and finish watching the latest Nicholas Sparks film on my computer. And then, being an adult, I proceeded to ensure the absolute best quality in my baked goods by tasting one huge bite from each square inch of bar in the pan, so that by the time I finished gouging out huge chunks of delicious tangy crumbly tart oatmeal bar for the night, I was lucky to have anything left to photograph the following morning.

And by morning I mean 1:30 PM, which is when I woke up.

Because I am an adult.

And you are, too.

And don’t ever let any 6:30 rise & shine balanced breakfast adultier adult ever tell you otherwise.

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Lemon Curd Raspberry Crumb Bars for #SundaySupper

Only the best and easiest crumb bars you'll ever make as a grown adult! These oat-packed cookie bars are filled with tangy microwave lemon curd, plus some raspberry jam for a great sweet balance. Roll out a pan of these for your next bake sale or potluck!

Ingredients

    For the microwave lemon curd:
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • For the oat bars:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup raspberry jam, warmed slightly in microwave

Instructions

    For the microwave lemon curd:
  1. Whisk together sugar, eggs, and egg yolks in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir in lemon juice, zest, and butter.
  2. Heat on high in microwave at 1-minute intervals, stirring between each until curd reaches a thick consistency (gel-like--mixture should be just thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon without dripping off immediately). Refrigerate while you prepare your oatmeal crumb bars.
  3. For the oat bars:
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8x8-inch baking pan and set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and oats. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Press half of the mixture in prepared pan. Top with an even layer of lemon curd, then spread slightly warmed jam on top as best as you can. Top with remaining crumb mixture.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into squares and serving! Store sealed leftovers in refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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What are your favorite things to do during the summer months?

Ala

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27 Responses to Lemon Curd Raspberry Crumb Bars for #SundaySupper

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  9. Very interesting reflections on ‘being an adult’, Ala! I must admit I sometimes look at my little nieces and nephews with no responsibilities yet with envy, especially around holiday time, but there are definitely some advantages to being an adult! :-)
    Just love the sound of the raspberry and lemon curd bars. I would definitely scoop out big mouthfuls with a spoon late at night!

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  13. You have my undivided attention with “lemon curd”! What fabulous bars! Summer goes by way too fast, doesn’t it?

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  15. Liz

    Oh, my gosh, these look insanely delicious!! I would need to hide the platter so I wouldn’t eat them all!!!

  16. Hhahahah the stuggle is real sister!! Grad school makes room for no life and once u get a breather you seem to be doing all the menial things that have lapsed. I love this use of your time…making sweets is my favorite pass time too ;)

  17. Oh MYYYYYYY! I need this in my life. It is so cold and miserable, I reckon this would be the sweet treat to battle the blues for a few hours. Love that you make it in the microwave. Cant wait to try. :)

  18. Yes, being an adult has its ups and downs. Sometimes I wish I was still a kid and life was simple, but there are some perks. It sound like you’re utilizing them more than me though. These bars — major yum! I mean microwave lemon curd sounds like something I need to seriously investigate.

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  20. Lol you cracked me up…again! I love your ‘adult’ schedule and it’s true about busier life when you’re retired. I’ve been working solo for the last 5 months and I do think corporate life is wayyyy easier than working from home. So many temptations and there’s always errands to do. Ugh…. Glad you share this crumb bars recipe because I now have an excuse to stay longer in the kitchen…baking.

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  22. Girl, I am so on board with your version of adulting! Anyone who disagrees is just adulting wrong. ;) Unfortunately, this would also include myself since I have two little ones who are all bright eyed and bushy tailed at 8 o’clock every morning (thank goodness it isn’t earlier!), and if any lemon curd raspberry crumb bars happen around here (which I promise you, they will) they’ll have to happen at 3:30…PM. :P

  23. Wow!!! I made some blueberry crumb tarts with lemon curd last summer and they were so melt-in-your-mouth good. I’ve got to try these raspberry ones. They look fabulous!!

  24. These bars look delicious, Ala! Love lemon curd and raspberry – always such a great flavour combo! :D

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