This recipe makes a delicious dessert when you don't have much time or many ingredients in the house. Essentially, you only need butter, sugar, flour and a medium size jar of jam/preserves to complete this one. The result is a rich crumbly dessert bar that is fine by itself, or can be served with a scoop of ice cream or sorbet. I like to make these with apricot or peach jam and then serve with peach ice cream, or use raspberry jam and serve with a scoop of raspberry sorbet. Whatever combination you choose, here's the recipe.
1 and 1/2 cups (3 sticks) of butter, softened
4 cups of flour
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 eighteen ounce jar of apricot jam or preserves (or the fruit flavor of your choice)
With an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and continue mixing until well-combined, but crumbly. Place 2/3 of this mixture, evenly, into a 9x13 ungreased baking dish. Press it down firmly with your hands to form a kind of crust. Spoon the jam all over the top of this layer, spreading gently (to about 1/4" of the edge), so as not to pull up the bottom layer. Sprinkle the remaining third of the crumbly dough over the jam layer. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until set. The top should not get brown. Allow to cool before cutting into bars/squares. Before serving, dust with powdered sugar.