almond-jam crumb bars

Crumb bars. I just can’t get enough of them. When berries and stone fruit are at their summer peak, I use fresh fruit in my bars. During the winter, I prefer to use jam. I recently discovered Sunchowder’s Emporia and I’ve fallen for their handcrafted jams. I love blackberries with Chambord, so I couldn’t wait to taste the blackberry Chambord jam. Filled with whole blackberries, the jam is the perfect level of sweetness with nice balance from the addition of lemon zest and juice. After one delicious spoonful, I was ready to bake.

These thick and buttery almond-spiked bars are incredible; you’ll be chasing after each crumb! Feel free to use any flavor jam you like. For a chance to win a set of two jams, see the giveaway details below the recipe.

Almond-Jam Crumb Bars
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup blackberry Chambord jam

Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl.

Beat butter and sugars in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and almond extract. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture until just combined. Stir in almonds; dough will be crumbly. Reserve 1 cup dough for topping; use a sheet of parchment to press remaining dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking dish.

Place jam in a small bowl and microwave briefly (about 10 seconds); whisk to loosen. Use a small spatula or the back of a spoon to gently spread jam over dough. Toss remaining dough with 2 teaspoons water to form large crumbs; sprinkle over jam filling. Bake until top is golden, about 23 minutes. Cool completely in baking dish on a rack, then cut into bars with a sharp knife.

Yield – 12 bars (serving size: 1 bar)
Calories – 208
Carbs – 30

Giveaway Details:
Sunchowder’s Emporia has offered to give away one jam gift box with two 8-ounce jars. This contest is open to US Residents.

To Enter:
Visit Sunchowder’s Emporia and leave a comment telling me your favorite flavor.

Extra entries: Do one or all of the following, and leave separate comments for each:
1. Become a fan of Tutti Dolci and Sunchowder’s Emporia on Facebook.
2. Follow @Tutti_Dolci and @Sunchowder on Twitter.

Good luck! Entries/comments accepted until Sunday, December 9 at 5:00 pm PST. One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.

Disclosure: Sunchowder’s Emporia generously provided me with two jars of jam for recipe development. I was not compensated in any way and all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh Laura, how beautiful! The crumb bars look delicious and so simple to make! And the Sunchowder’s Emporia jars and packaging… such a lovely gift. Thank you for sharing! xo

  2. says

    This is my friend Wendy’s company!! She is the most lovely person. I met her last year at IFBC and every time our paths crossed I would get the biggest smile; she’s just that kind of a person. She had her jams out for our breakfast and everyone was raving about them. So fun to see what a small world it is!

  3. Carol says

    Blackberry chambord jam – too delicious! And thank you for the yummy recipe for the crumb-bars. Can’t wait to make these for the holidays.

  4. says

    These bars are making me drool! I bet the almond flavor together with that jam is just wonderful! The flavor I would most like to try is the Blueberry DiSaronno!

  5. Lora @cakeduchess says

    I’ve yet to taste Wendy’s jams and I would love to very soon:)These bars look fantastic and I would love a bite now:)

  6. says

    It is a treat to see such a tasty recipe that uses jam. Jam is so much more than a topping to toast! The contrast of the deep hued jam and the buttery cookie is sublime! I vote for pear butter, but raspberry chocolate sounds like a holiday trapped in a jar!

  7. says

    Can I really only pick one favorite? :) I love them all. But if I must choose, I’ll go for the Raspberry Chocolate because it’s the combination that I used for my birthday last year (I believe Chambord was in the mix, too).

    I love your creative crumb bar recipes. This one sounds just as wonderful as the rest. :)

  8. says

    I really love and only buy quality jam. There are so many interesting combination jam on Sunchowders. But I have to pick my favorite blueberry for sure. But if I’m allow to pick one more, I want to taste that pineapple tangerine. That’s something new and I love both fruits. :) I have all the ingredients and I’m tempted to make these… Your photos are so convincing and you know me, I am reluctant to bake… your photos are very powerful! 😀

  9. says

    Wow, these bars are just stunning! And that blackberry jam is just the perfect “filling.” I wish I could have a couple of these for breakfast!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway as well! My favorite has to be the Jalapeno Apricot and Wildflower Honey Jam – YUM!

  10. says

    Did you say Chambord? That sounds so good in a blackberry jam – and in these crumb bars! They look perfect and I wish I could have a piece with a strong cup of coffee :)

  11. Thuy says

    It’s not listed on their website but I’ve been such a fan of their Tomato Jam. I buy it at the local farmer’s market here in Orlando and it’s amazing!

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