Rah-Rah for Raspberry Almond Bars

My freezer is a repository of odds and ends, a treasure chest packed with the promise of delicious culinary endeavors to come.

Rinds from parmesan wedges saved for hearty vegetable soup pots in the days ahead.

Over-ripe bananas tucked away for spur-of-the-moment banana bread-baking.

Heels of bread for making crumbs to dredge chicken thighs in.

And for this recipe.

“Raspberry Almond Bars” appealed to me because they make use of almond flour (also found copiously tucked away in my freezer) and bread crumbs. In fact, there’s no need to measure out any all-purpose flour because the batter gets its foundation from the former two ingredients, plus a generous amount of eggs. The recipe calls for 6 extra large eggs. Since I only buy large ones, I just upped the number of those to 7 for this recipe. It also calls for superfine sugar. You can just whirl regular granulated in a food processor to make it finer. Or truth be told, I just used the regular granulated as is without a problem.

The recipe is by Annie Bell, a former food writer for Vogue and the Independent in the United Kingdom. It’s from her cookbook, “Annie Bell’s Baking Bible” (Kyle), of which I received a review copy.

annie bell's baking bible

It highlights summer’s fresh raspberries. The cake bakes up light, fluffy and moist with the fresh berries hidden within and the bread crumbs adding a larger crumb structure.

Cut a square to enjoy for breakfast, brunch, dessert or a snack anytime of day.

It’s a perfect destination for that leftover bread taking up space in the freezer.

A sweet summer treat.

A sweet summer treat.

Raspberry Almond Bars

(Makes 12 squares)

2 1/3 cups almond flour

1/3 cup sliced almonds

1 1/3 cups superfine sugar or regular granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder, sifted

1 1/3 cups fresh white bread crumbs

6 extra large eggs or 7 large eggs

1 1/4 cups sunflower or vegetable oil

Finely grated zest of 2 oranges

4 ounces fresh raspberries

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees convection or 400 degrees conventional oven. Grease a 9-by-12-inch nonstick baking pan, 2 inches deep, with vegetable oil.

Mix the ground and sliced almonds, 1 cup of the superfine sugar, baking powder, and bread crumbs together in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs thoroughly using a wooden spoon, and then the oil. Finally, stir in the orange zest.

Transfer mixture to the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Scatter over the raspberries and sprinkle with the remaining sugar. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the cake is golden and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Run a knife around the edge of the cake and leave to cool in the pan before cutting into squares or slices.

Adapted from “Annie Bell’s Baking Bible” by Annie Bell


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And: Bouchon Bakery’s Blueberry Muffins


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Date: Friday, 6. June 2014 5:26
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  1. 1

    Lovely texture and flavors. Those are great bars.



  2. 2

    I love how you did some adlibbing with the ingredients. Sometimes recipes can be too prescriptive, especially in baking. But nice to know it can still turn out great! You’re husband’s office must be so happy. ;-)

  3. 3

    I’m guilty of storing all sorts of flours and ingredients in the back of the fridge. Now I just need to use them all!

  4. 4

    Oh my goodness these look so delicious!! I love raspberries.

  5. 5

    great recipe! i definitely want to do more baking with almond flour. these look yummy!

  6. 6

    bread crumbs, what? these are awesome!

  7. 7

    Bananas in the freezer? Wow! I was cracking up at an edition of Mind of a Chef on PBS for Banana pie. I was amused at how far gone the bananas were in the preparation.

  8. 8

    CA: LOL I remeber seeing that episode, too. It was Pastry Chef Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar using those gnarly bananas. But the worse they look, the sweeter they taste, right? ;)

  9. 9

    These raspberry bars look just amazing & must taste wonderful!

    I never added breadcrumbs to a cake batter before, must try this tasty recipe though! :)


  10. 10

    Love using almond flour and especially love summer berries! Great dessert recipe.

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