Casa Giulia Jam Raspberry Bars

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Andrea  w/ dessert bars at a recent birthday party.

Earlier this month, I was invited to a 70th birthday party for my best friend’s mom.  I was told I didn’t need to bring anything, but my parents taught me never to go to anyone’s house empty-handed.  So, I needed to find the perfect special recipe for this special occasion.  What says love better than dessert?!

Thanks to the wide variety of Formato Brothers Casa Giulia Jams, I was able to pick the perfect flavor for my fruit bars dessert.  I decided to go with Raspberry, but you could pick whatever fruit you prefer.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ C all-purpose sifted flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 C packed light brown sugar
  • 1 C butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ¼ C Casa Giulia Jam – your choice of flavor

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F; spray an 8” square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream the brown sugar and butter until fluffy; beat in the egg and almond extract.  With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture until blended.  Scrape the batter into the pan, smoothing the surface with a rubber spatula.  Spoon the Casa Giulia Jam over the batter smoothly and evenly.
  4. Bake until lightly browned, 25-30 minutes.  Cool completely on a rack.

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    Andrea & Heather w/ dessert bars at a recent birthday party.

My best friend Heather and her mom (and everyone else at the party) loved this!  It was so chewy and we didn’t even feel guilty about eating it because of the delicious fruit jam!  I can’t wait to make this again; my only dilemma is:  which Casa Giulia Jam do I choose next?!

–Andrea Formato Castner


Italian Panettone French Toast

A variation on a breakfast classic from Cooking In The Kitchen With Carl.

You will need:
1 Two lb. box of Sweet Angels Panettone Specialty Cake
3 eggs
Powdered sugar
Casa Giulia Raspberry jam (or any other flavor you prefer)

Here’s what you do:
Cut Panettone into 1/2 inch slice across entire cake (cutting the cake in half down the middle gives you the largest slice).

Cut slice into 4 pieces.

Beat 3 eggs, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Dip slices of cake into eggs to cover each side. Drain off excess egg.

Heat griddle to med-high heat and cook toast about 1 minute on each side.

Take 3 tblsp of Casa Giulia jam and place in small bowl and heat in
microwave for 30-40 seconds to warm jam.

Sprinkle powered sugar through sifter onto toast and spread some jam on top.

Delizioso !!!!!