Chocolate-Raspberry Streusel Bars
1/2 cup butter softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 ounces of semi sweet/bittersweet chocolate melted
1 & 3/4 cups all purpose flour
With electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar (I use less sugar). Beat in egg and vanilla. Add melted chocolate (I use fair trade chocolate) and mix until well blended. Stir in flour. Pat evenly into an ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake at 325F for 15 minutes.
1 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup raspberry jam or fresh/frozen raspberries
Mix together flour and sugar (I use less sugar). Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Spread jam over base. (I use 1-2 cups of fresh or frozen raspberries with a little sugar, that have been cooked with cornstarch to thicken.) Sprinkle with topping. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
I prefer using fresh or frozen raspberries instead of jam in this recipe. Enjoy!
This year's growing conditions have been unlike anything we have ever experienced. The hot humid conditions have challenged a lot of plants and yet some plants are thriving. Our tomatoes are not producing much fruit at all. We have had a few cherry tomatoes ripen but usually those particular plants are loaded with fruit, but not this year. The pepper plants are not producing and in some cases the blossoms are rotting off. Everything seems to be later in maturity. The Dahlias are usually full of blooms by the end of July, but their production has probably been cut in half. The sweet peas are not as productive and some of my Godetia plants are dying along with a few other things. Have been noticing a few annual flowering plants infected with Asters Yellow disease already, where in past years it showed up later in August. The Yarrow is spectacular and the Monkshoods are striking. The delphiniums were fabulous with huge flower spikes and the Globe Thistles are a beautiful shimmering blue. The colours of all the flowers are very vibrant, but in most cases the bloom count is down.
Today we will be harvesting onions, potatoes, beets, and raspberries for the market. The flowers available this week will be lilies, gladiolas, globe thistle, delphinium, sweet peas, rudbeckia, and lots more.