Raspberry Cake Bars

Shelf Reliance sent me a sample of their freeze-dried raspberries.  I decided to try out a recipe from their website–Raspberry Cake Bars.

I’d never tried freeze-dried raspberries before.  They were delicious.  This is definitely something I want in my pantry and food storage.

They taste great out of the package, but you can also soak them in water and use them in place of fresh raspberries. I soaked them in water to make the recipe for the Raspberry Cake Bars. They behaved just like fresh raspberries. The bars were delicious. I made a half batch. They quickly disappeared and I wished I had made a full batch.

Raspberry Cake Bars
from Shelf Reliance

Ingredients:
Crumb topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cold butter
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom (optional–but very good if you use it)

Bars:
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup buttermilk
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups THRIVE Raspberries

Instructions:
Place the raspberries in a bowl with enough hot water to cover them completely. Let them stand in water for 15 minutes; drain excess liquid and let berries dry.

Whisk together the dry ingredients for the crumb topping. Cut in the cold butter using a pastry cutter until crumbly. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar and butter with mixer until creamy. On low speed, add the buttermilk and eggs. Stir in the flour and salt. Spread in a greased 15″ by 10″ pan. Sprinkle with berries and crumb topping.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Dust with powdered sugar and cut into bars.

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7 Comments

  1. Hey CJ -thanks so much for the shout-out, so sweet of you! I have been meaning to get over here for days, but I’m out of town. I want to talk more when I’m back, but just wanted to say a huge thanks for your sweet comment and for the blog love!

    Heart!

    HG aka Nat

  2. I always drive past shelf reliance and think about checking it out. We have our food storage, but just never looked into Shelf reliance. Those look so good! YUM!

  3. great post! I have never even thought about stocking/storing these items. Now I am going to have to make a trip to Shelf Reliance. I’m in a Stake RS we are always looking for ideas to pass on, this looks like a good food storage resource to share…those bars look yummy. thanks!

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