Streusel Cherry Crumble Bars

3 Layers: Shortbread, Cherries, & Oats
About these dessert bars:
  • Shortbread bottom, cherries in the middle, oats/brown sugar topping!
  • Made in about 30 mins!
  • Great texture! with the dense bottom, soft middle and crunchy top
  • Cold unsalted butter works best, but (margarine could work as well in a pinch)
  • fresh or frozen cherries
  • any fruit could replace the cherries. Blueberries, mixed berries, blackberries etc.

The Method:

Firstly, the base is made by combining: flour, salt, baking powder, and powdered sugar and whisking them together. Then cutting cubes of the unsalted butter in. Once an even thick dough appears it gets pressed into the base of a 9×13 inch pan; which gets baked for ~13 mins at 350 Degrees F, then set to cool.

Next, the cherry filing is quite simply made by combining the cherries with cornstarch and sugar and placed evenly on-top of the base.

Lastly the streusel topping is made with oats, brown sugar, and melted butter; mixed in a bowl with a fork then sprinkled overtop and it is complete. Bake for a second time now for about 15 mins, let cool, and enjoy!

The Recipe:
Prep timeBake timeTotal time
15 mins10 mins + 15 mins30 mins
Yields: one 9×13 inch pan

Streusel Cherry Crumble Bars

Ingredients:

the base:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup unsalted butter *softened*

the filing:

  • 2-3 cups cherries (depends on size/fresh or frozen etc. just enough to cover base completely)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

streusel topping

  • 1 1/2 cups oats (rolled or large flake)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
Procedure:

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F and line one 9×13 inch square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, powdered sugar, salt, and baking powder. Make sure there are no lumps, especially with the powdered sugar. Next, using a pastry blender, two butter knives, or a couple forks, cut in the unsalted butter until small peas sized (even) chunks remain. *this is why it is important to have room temp. and softened butter, it is easy to cut in when it is in this sate*

Once completed the dough should look similar to that of a cookie dough or shortbread. Press the dough in-to the bottom of the pan and bake for ~10 mins. Once out of the oven let cool.

In another bowl, make the filling by combining the cherries, granulated sugar, and cornstarch. Pour evenly on-top of the base; set aside.

Lastly, make the streusel topping by mixing the oats and brown sugar and pouring the melted butter on-top. Mix with a fork and sprinkle over the cherries.

Bake the tray bake for ~15 mins or until slightly golden!

Let cool, slice, enjoy!

Happy Baking!

Grapefruit Cake : fluffy & flavourful

About the Cake:

fluffy and exceptionally light white cake

strong & fresh grapefruit flavour

white chocolate pink glaze (white chocolate + grapefruit juice + pink colouring)

Both grapefruit juice & zest used

The Method: A Quick Overview

The batter: firstly the dry ingredients get sifted together and set aside. Then, the sugar and grapefruit zest are mixed together to infuse great, strong grapefruit flavour!

Next, the oil, milk, eggs, vanilla, and grapefruit juice get mixed thoroughly and poured over the sugar bowl. Once smooth the batter is poured into the bundt pan and ready to bake.

Baked at 350 degrees F for about 45-60 mins and it is ready to devour. Th optional mil chocolate can be made on a double boiler (pictured)

Fluffy, light & Citrus-y

The Recipe:

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
15 mins~45 mins~1 hour
yields: 1 large bundt cake (8 servings)

Grapefruit Cake
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups cake flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1⅔ cups granulated sugar
  • zest of 1 large grapefruit
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 cup (250 ml) whole milk 
  • ¾ cup (175 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Procedure:

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F and grease a 9 inch bundt cake pan, set aside.

In a large bowl prepare the dry mix by sifting together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a medium bowl, place the sugar and add the zest of the entire grapefruit overtop. Using fork or your fingers, infuse the grapefruit zest into the sugar by mixing thoroughly.

In another small bowl or in a glass measuring cup, combine the eggs, milk, grapefruit juice ,oil and vanilla. Whisk together thoroughly and pour overtop of the sugar mix.

Now with teo mixtures: the dry flour mix, and the oil mix, combine the two by folding the wet inot the dry with a rubber spatula, then mix until a smooth batter appears.

Pour into bundt cake pan and bake for ~45-50 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean from the cake!

let cool and enjoy!

Optional White chocolate drizzle

Create a double boiler by placing a small saucepan in the stovetop with about one cup of water inside. Overtop of the boiling water place a bowl as you would a lid. Inside the bowl place about 1/2 cup of white chocolate (chips/chocolate melts/ or bar) and add 1 Tablespoon of heavy cream. Stir until melted and smooth and add grapefruit juice and pink food colouring until the desired colour appears. Pour over the cooled cake before the chocolate hardens; and it is complete!

Happy Baking!