Bakewell Bars

 1 Ratings
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 18

We baked the flavors of the traditional English dessert Bakewell Tart into a bar using Pillsbury pie crust, raspberry preserves and a sweet dusting of powdered sugar.

Molly Yeh Recipe by Molly Yeh
December 6, 2013


box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
cup raspberry preserves or jam
eggs, separated
tablespoons granulated sugar
cup almond paste
cup granulated sugar
cup unsalted butter, softened
to 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 1/2
tablespoons lemon juice
teaspoon almond extract
teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
1 1/3
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
Powdered sugar


  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F.
  • 2 Kneed pie crusts together; roll out into rectangle to fit in bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch pan. Place in pan. With fork, poke holes all over crust. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F.
  • 3 Spread raspberry preserves over crust in pan; set aside.
  • 4 In large bowl, beat egg whites with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add 3 tablespoons sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • 5 In another large bowl, beat together almond paste and 1/2 cup sugar. Add butter; beat until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks one at a time. Beat in lemon peel, lemon juice, almond extract and salt. Gradually beat in flour.
  • 6 Fold egg white mixture into almond mixture. Spoon dollops of batter over preserves in pan; spread evenly with spatula.
  • 7 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until set. Cool completely, about 45 minutes. Cut into squares; dust with powdered sugar.

Expert Tips

If jam is too difficult to spread, microwave it (right in its jar) in 15-second increments until it is easier to spread.

Other delightful toppings (aside from powdered sugar) include sliced almonds, a powdered sugar glaze, and fresh berries.

Although you can bake these ahead of time, if you're having guests over, you should bake them right before they arrive because they make the house smell heavenly.

Nutrition Information

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