Sour Cream Raisin Oatmeal Bars


  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 + 3/4 cups old-fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
  • 1 + 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup room temperature butter
  • 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 + 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups sour cream (regular or light)

  1. Put the raisins in a small bowl and cover them with hot water.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray and line with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the oats, flour, brown sugar, and baking soda. Blend the butter in with a pastry blender or fork until small crumbles form. Measure out 1 + 1/2 cups of the topping into small bowl and refrigerate. Pat the rest of the topping evenly over the bottom of the prepared baking dish and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile in a sauce pan over medium heat combine yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and sour cream. Cook over medium heat about 15-20 minutes until slightly thickened, the mixture should simmer slowly, if needed turn heat down. Some of the mixture may stick to the bottom of the pan – don’t scrape it up. Remove from heat. Drain the raisins and stir them into the sour cream mixture.
  5. Pour the raisin mixture over the baked crust and bake for another 15 minutes until the edges are set but the middle is still very jiggly.
  6. Crumble the remaining oatmeal mixture evenly over top of the bars and bake for another 15 minutes. The bars may still wobble a bit in the middle but will set up when cooled.
  7. Allow to cool completely then refrigerate until well chilled. Remove bars using parchment to a cutting board and slice into squares or triangles with a chef’s knife wiped clean after each cut. Store in refrigerator up to 1 week.

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