Friday, June 8, 2012

English Matrimonials for Berrylicious

When my friend Hani, of Haniela's, invited me to join in on a "Berrylicious" link-up, I was tickled!  The only problem was choosing just one berry recipe!  I finally decided on these English Matrimonials (I don't know how they got their name, even though I tried to find out).

Though I have never blogged about these bars, they're one of our very favorite treats, dangerously so! I simply can't make them too often, unless they're earmarked for someone else, otherwise my husband and I will eat them in short order:)  To top it off, they are literally ready for the oven in 5 minutes!
We were first introduced to these bars on one of our favorite weekend jaunts to Pacific Grove. This particular time we picked "The Old St. Angela Inn" as our Bed & Breakfast of choice for lodging. We discovered these very tasty bars in the guest's cookie jar, and were instantly smitten!  The inn had a cookbook for sale which included these bars, so I was happy:)

Don't let the unassuming look of these bars fool you; between the texture and the almond extract with the berry jam, they pack a powerful and delicious punch!

English Matrimonials

1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup berry jam (I used my homemade strawberry jam)
1 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9-inch loaf pan.

Combine all ingredients except jam and almond extract. Pat half of the mixture into prepared pan.  Mix jam and almond extract.  Spread over oat mixture. Pat other half of oat mixture on top.

Bake 40-45 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cut into bars when cool.

Be sure to click on the links below to see all the fabulous blogs featuring the other beautiful Berrylicious desserts:

1. Joan, Chocolate Chocolateand More - Lemon Blueberry Pound cake
2. Charity, FoodletsStrawberry - Banana Popsicles
3. Jamie, Green Beans & Grapefruit - Mixed Berry & Cookie Butter Clafouti
4. Hani, Haniela’sRed Currant Meringue Cake
5. Katrina, In Katrina’s Kitchen - Frozen Blueberry Basil Lemonade Pies
6. Sue, MunchkinMunchies - English Matrimonials
7. Bia, Rich and Sweet - Blueberry Blackberry Orange Streusel Scones
8. Sam, SamsKitchen - Eton Mess Mini Cheesecakes
9.  Sherron, Simply Gourmet Photography - Mulberry Syrup
10. Ann, Sumptuous Spoonfuls  -  Strawberry Chia Jam  
11. Karen, TrilogyEdibles - Meringue Nest with a Bumbleberry Compote

THANK YOU berry much, Hani! :)

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  1. Oooooh they look so tasty Sue!! I love berry season :)
    Hoping to try my hand at canning this year too! Will be my first attempt! That is of course if I don't eat all the fresh berries first, LOL.

  2. Yumm. I love the look of these. My raspberries are just about ready and I could use these to use up some of the jam from last year. Can't wait to try them. I love Pacific Grove. We haven't been there in a few years. We used to stay at the Asilomar and then our girls worked at Trabert Tennis camp on 17 mile drive at Pebble Beach for years so we used to go every year. I miss your beautiful end of the country!!!

  3. These look great for all sorts of occasions! And like that you can swap out jam flavors.

  4. Berry jam and almond extract go together perfectly! This looks like a terrific recipe.

  5. I love jam and oatmeal, this would be perfect just about now. Thank you Sue

  6. I can see how these bars could become addicting, so many possibilities, just whatever fruit is in season or whatever you're in the mood for! So glad to meet you thanks to Hani and Berrylicious!

  7. Oh sue, I can't stop looking at each photo of these bars! AND you have homemade strawberry jam to fill them with - awesome!

  8. These look heavenly!! My son is not a big chocolate fan, he loves fruit desserts more. I will definitely be making these for him!

  9. holy cow those look amaing! i love the topping! thanks for sharing!

  10. My family would spoon this right out of the pan! Wow Sue this looks amazing. I might just give it a spin :)

  11. Your bars look wonderful! My friend used to make something similar and they were so good. I can't wait to try your recipe! Thanks!

  12. These sound delish Sue! It reminds me of a bar I used to make when Brian and I were first married. I think the recipe came from the quaker oats container. I think they were made in a different size pan though. Thanks so much for sharing these, I might need to make a batch. :)

  13. I love anything made with oatmeal and I'm certain that these bars would be a big favourite around here.

  14. Oh, we eat those bars, too. I haven't tried it with the almond flavoring. I really like that addition.

  15. almond and berries , yum. They look so yummy Sue.

  16. Sue, I've never heard of these before but your timing is brilliant with the Jubilee! :)

  17. Hi Sue! I wanted to stop by and say "thank you" for visiting my blog. I'm so glad I came for a visit, because this week I am hosting a dessert/coffee meeting, and these bars look like a great dessert to make!

    I'm glad that you liked my house numbers. If you happen to make your own, I would love to see the results! :)

  18. I doubled the batch and added my mom's plum jam. She doesn't jam very often and got REALLY carried away with the lemon so the jam is quite tart, but I think sandwiched between the crumble it will be lovely. Thank you for the wonderful recipe! My house smells amazing and I can't wait to tuck in :D

  19. My eyes are bugging out of my head! I can see where these cold be very dangerous Sue! Of course I'm making them! They sound like heaven to me!

  20. Very very good. Not a "tidy cut" but it's well worth the crumble. I couldn't decide if it was a dessert or a Saturday morning breakfast with a nice cup of java. Either way it's amazing. Also, I saw an Australian food blog reference matrimonials do called because of their rough appearance - one is suppose to take the rough with the smooth.

    1. Thanks for the meaning behind the name... that makes sense:)

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