Cherry oat bars

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In preparation for a summer of fresh fruit for jam-making, I’m clearing out my freezer, and needed a use for leftover pie cherries.  This recipe for cherry oat bars is easy and delicious, and it turned out perfectly!

Ingredients for cherry filling:
4 cups fresh or frozen cherries (pitted and stemmed)
2/3 cup sugar
8 tbsp cornstarch
juice from two lemons

Ingredients for bars:
1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cup quick oats
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup butter

Cherry filling:  In saucepan, bring cherries, sugar, and lemon juice to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  Whisk in cornstarch and boil, stirring, until thickened (about 1 minute).  Let cool to room temperature (although truth be told, and only let it cool a little, and it worked just fine).

Bars:  Mix together ingredients, cutting in the butter until you form a crumbly mixture.  Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper.  Spread 2/3 of the bars mixture in the bottom of the pan and pat firmly and evenly.  Spread the cherry filling over the base, then crumble the rest of the bar mixture over the filling.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, until light golden brown.  Cool completely before cutting.

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