On Thursday, after school, I felt the sudden urge to bake, so I went online and searched for some new dessert recipes to try out. While searching, I came across some Almond Fruit Bars. They looked so delicious and I decided to try them out.

I wrote down all of the ingredients I needed, set them out, and began to mix them together. After I finished mixing the flour mixture, I started mixing the butter and sugars. This part was a little more difficult since the butter kept sticking to the electric mixer. I added the egg yolk and, eventually, the flour mix. I started to worry if I messed the recipe up as I gradually mixed the flour in because of how dry and separated they became. It started to look like big chunks of sand in a bowl. I continued to mix everything in and hoped for the best.

Once the dough was done, I got out the jam and started to whisk it. Then, I took the crumbled dough and started pressing half of it into the bottom of the pan. After that was done, I spread the jam on top of it, avoiding the edges. As I was spreading the jam onto the dough, it kept sticking to the crumbles and made it look like a mess. I proceeded to attempt to fix it by just finishing the recipe and try to figure out what I did wrong.

I sprinkled the rest of the sandy dough on the jam layer and, once the dough was thick enough, the recipe said to push it down into the pan. I felt to gooey jam slowly break through the top layer of dough and reach my fingers. Gross.

At this point of baking, I had almost given up. I placed the baking pan into the oven and waited 25 minutes for them to cook.

I could smell the amazing cinnamon aroma fill the kitchen. I opened the oven and peaked inside. They looked so perfect! I took them out and waited for them to cool.

The fruit bars tasted amazing and I was so happy I didn’t toss them out while making them. I was so proud of myself and what I had made!

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