Sour Cherry Bars

Sour Cherry Bars

2 cups butter
4 oz blanched almonds, finely ground
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 egg yolk
3 cups flour

Mix together flour, salt and sugar.  Cut butter into flour into small pellets.  Fold in almonds.  Add eggs to moisten (may need a little extra moisture).  Roll dough into ball. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Press HALF of dough into a lined 9" x13"  baking pan and bake at 375° for 10 minutes.

1 qt sour cherries
3/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp potato starch
1 tsp lemon juice

Mix together all of the ingredients and pour on crust.  Roll out the rest of the dough, cut into strips, and lay the strips on top of cherries.  Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes.

I have two notes, neither of which I have tried personally:
Cornstarch can be substituted for potato starch (don't know if this has to be combined and cooked first or not, probably not), and can substitute a quart of sour cherry preserves for topping.

Amy in St. Louis, MO


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