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Raspberry and Pine Nut Bars

Raspberry and Pine Nut Bars

Cricket Tea is over for another year (it will come around again sooner than I know it though!!) One of the surprise successes of the tea were these Raspberry and Pine Nut Bars - I say successes because the cricketers are a very traditional lot and generally like their traditional English classics - Cornish Splits with jam and cream, Victoria Sponge, Quiche including these was a bit risky. I needn't have worried, they got very favourable comments, and several of the ladies on the catering committee even asked me for the recipe - praise indeed (believe me!).

200g plain flour
200g porridge oats
250g pack butter , room temperature, cut into small pieces
175g light muscovado sugar
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
100g pack pine nuts
2 punnets raspberries (total weight 250g/9oz)


Step 1: Preheat the oven to fan 170C/ conventional 190C/gas 5. Butter a shallow 23cm square tin. Tip the flour, oats and butter into a mixing bowl and use your fingers to work the mixture together to make coarse crumbs. Mix in the sugar, lemon zest and three quarters of the pine nuts using your hands, then press the mixture together well so it forms large sticky clumps.
Step 2: Drop about two thirds of the oat mixture into the base of the tin, spread it out and press down very lightly - don't pack it too firmly. Scatter the raspberries on top, sprinkle the rest of the oat mixture over, then the rest of the pine nuts and press everything down lightly.
Step 3: Bake for 35-40 minutes until pale golden on top. Cut into 12 bars with a sharp knife while still warm, then leave to cool in the tin before removing. Will keep for 2-3 days.


  1. Glad the cricket tea went well. I really like the sound of these. Hubby loves pinenuts so will have to try these soon.

  2. I make something similar to these, DH aka "the food critic" loves them I got the recipe off of the Quaker Oats box years ago :)

    Congrats on a successful Cricket Tea!

  3. I'm glad everything went well with the cricket tea. Those raspberry pine nut bars look great, I'm not surprised everyone was after the recipe.

  4. all my favourite things in one bar!

    wish I had seen this before devouring a punnet of raspberries from the PYO this weekend!

  5. I can totally see how these would be a hit! They look pretty too!

  6. It seems to me at an event like that something easy to eat like these would be very popular

  7. Oh, gosh. Raspberries sound so good right now! And I love pine nuts.

  8. These look lush, Beth! And I'm glad to hear that the cricket tea went well!

  9. What a fun thing-cricket tea! I'd love these hearty bars!

  10. We are all pine nut lovers and this looks scrummy!

  11. Those raspberry bars look really good! I like the use of the pine nuts.

  12. This sounds great, I will have to try it! Thank you for the recipe :)

  13. Just to let you know I made these at the weekend and they were delicious!

  14. The bars look delicious. I love anything with raspberries and pine nuts, you have tempted me.

  15. These bars look delish! I've come across this recipe before and after viewing you bars I'm sold and will be making them soon!



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