Yesterday, I got a call from one of the gals at church, asking if I could make a pan of bars for a funeral today. The service was for Bernice Goode, a wonderful woman who was our church pianist until she retired about 7 years ago at age 90. Of course I would make a pan of bars and come help serve lunch. It’s the least I could do.
So I scanned the cupboards and found a box of red velvet cake mix. I also found a can of cherry pie filling. Surely there had to be a bar in there somewhere. I couldn’t just make the cake, since we serve the bars on a big platter, for folks to pick up and eat without needing utensils. So I took a look at some other bar recipes to get some ideas for a base, and made up a recipe of my own. I always seem to make something I’ve never tried before for events like this. So far, I’ve been lucky. Today was no exception!
They were so good one of the gentlemen at the luncheon joked he was going to leave his wife and marry me! So, there you have it, girls … if you’re looking to get hitched, make these bars, then just stand back and wait for the proposals to start pouring in.
Here’s the recipe I came up with:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease and flour a 9×13″ pan. Dump the cake mix into a large bowl. Add 1-1/2 cups of oats (I used old-fashioned) and 6 Tablespoons of butter (room temperature). Mix with a spoon until well combined and moistened.
Remove about a cup of the mix, set aside.
Add an egg to the mix left in the bowl, and combine well. Press into the bottom of the pan. Pour the can of cherry pie filling over the top, and spread evenly.
To the cup of reserved mix, add another 1/4 cup of oats, 2 Tablespoons of butter, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. Stir until completely combined and crumbly. Spread the crumb topping over the top of the pie filling.
Bake for 35 minutes, cool, and cut into bars.
I managed to snag a few bars to bring back home for my actual husband. These are definitely going into my file to make again!