Last week, I was over at my family’s house in New Jersey visiting as I often do this time of year. My mom who is an excellent cook and even better baker introduced me to this delicious Arabic dessert while I was over known as mabrousheh. It gets its name from the dough grated on top to resemble a crumb effect and texture. Now, if you know me, you know that I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I still enjoy a sweet bite here and there. Let me tell you something; these jam-centered crumb bars were addictive. They were so light and had just the right amount of sweetness.
I immediately told my mother that she had to teach me how to make these. One, so I can continue to make them for my friends and family and two, so I can share the recipe with all of you. I urge you to make these! They are absolutely delicious and versatile, so you can use any fruit jam you prefer in the center. My top picks would be strawberry and apricot! You can also shape it as a pie or crumb bars as seen here. These go perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy!
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- 2 Eggs
- 1 tbsp Orange zest lemon zest can also be used but orange is preferred
- 1 tsp Vanilla Flavor
- 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
- 1 cup Unsalted butter, melted
- 3 cups All-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp Baking powder
- 13 oz. Fruit jam of choice strawberry and apricot are recommended but any flavor will work. It is all preference.
- Powdered Sugar for Sprinkling on top
- First, beat together the sugar, butter, vanilla, eggs, and orange zest until it becomes pale yellow in color.
- Then, add the flour and baking powder and mix together by hand, rubber spatula, or with a paddle attachment.
- Reserve half the dough to be grated for the topping of the bar and the other half as the base.
- Place the reserved dough for the topping in a ziplock and into the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Spread out the remaining dough into a thin layer onto a lightly greased 9 by 13 baking pan.
- Spread all the jam evenly on top of that layer leaving 1 inch around all the edges.
- Grate the dough that was placed in the freezer on top of the jam layer covering the jam. It gives it a streusel look/effect.
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes on the bottom rack then another 10 min on the tap rack.
- Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into 16 even bars!