The flavor combination of apples and raspberries is fabulous in these easy-to-make bars.
2 ½ cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour, divided
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup butter, melted
3 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
12 ounces or about ¾ jar of WV Fruit and Berry Red or Black Raspberry Preserves
½ cup finely chopped walnuts
In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 ½ cups flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon. Beat in butter just until moistened. Set aside 2 cups for topping. Pat remaining oat mixture into a greased 13-in. X 9-in.X 2-in. baking pan. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, toss apples with remaining flour. Stir in the preserves; spread over hot crust to within ½ in. of edges. Combine nuts and reserved oat mixture; sprinkle over fruit mixture. Bake 30-35 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire rack before cutting into bars. Yield: 4 dozen.