Easy and Sweet Crumbled Jam Bars (tertiy pirog)

Sweet, crumbly, deliciously juicy, fruity jam bars. Everything you want in a dessert. 

crumbled jam bars

I’m all about multi-textured desserts. Ooey gooey on the inside, crispy-crumbly on the outside. And this one delivers just that. The perfect bite. Every bite

Packed with delicious strawberry jam and cushioned with a crumbly pastry, these Russian bars make a great dessert or the perfect pick-me-up the next morning. 

These crumbled jam bars are unique because of the grated pastry. Once your dough is formed, you’ll want to freeze half of it to use right before baking. After the layers of your pastry and jam, you’ll grate your frozen pastry right on top. This will give your bars not only a fantastic look, but also that amazing texture we talked about. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup) softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (unbleached)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 cup of jam (I used organic strawberry)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Let’s talk ingredients 

There really isn’t much to the dough. It comes together fairly easily. You’ll want to beat the flour, butter, and baking soda in one bowl; combine the egg, sugar, lemon juice, and sour cream in the other. 

Sour cream is the superstar in this pastry. I know what you’re thinking. “Sour cream in pastry dough? Why would you add that?” Hear me out though:

Sour cream helps provide moisture to the dough while being surrounded by fat – from both the sour cream and the butter. The result? A beautifully tender dough. It makes all the difference. 

Jam. Oh how I love jam. And how I can switch out the jams for these bars. This recipe lists organic strawberry jam but almost any jam could work here. Apple, raspberry, blueberry, even apricot. Pick your favorite. 

You seriously don’t want to skip out on these jam bars. I’m confident your family will love these just as much as mine.

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How to Make Crumbled Jam bars (aka tertiy perog): 

  • In a small bowl, beat together 1 large egg, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice, and 2 Tablespoons of sour cream for 2 minutes.

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  • In a separate bowl on low speed beat together 1 cup of softened unsalted butter (2 sticks) with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 1/2 cups of flour until everything is mixed. It will be clumpy from the butter, that is normal.

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  • Combine the sugar and flour mixes together. With the help of your hands, mix the dough together until it forms into a ball. The dough will be soft and easy to work with.

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  • Divide the dough in half. Take one half and place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 350F. Spray or butter up your pan if you need to.  (I use ceramic so it doesn’t stick.) You could also use a glass dish.
  • Take the other half of dough and spread it on the bottom of a half sized baking sheet.

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  • On top of the dough spread 1 cup of jam.

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  • After 15 minutes, take out the dough from the freezer and grate it on to the jam.
  • Put in oven for 20 minutes. The top will start to brown up, that means it’s ready!

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  • Let it cool down. Sift powdered sugar on top and cut into squares.
  • Enjoy!

pirog tertiy

My sister suggested I ask my mom for the recipe of jam bars (we call it tertiy pirog). Well, I finally got around to make the recipe, and it’s delicious. Tertiy pirog is basically a soft thin layer of dough on the bottom with a spread of your favorite jam and grated dough on top. It’s very simple and quick to make so here it is! You will love it!

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Equipment I Used

Crumbled Jam Bars tertiy pirog

Crumbled Jam Bars

Sweet, crumbly, deliciously juicy, fruity jam bars. Everything you want in a dessert. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Freeze Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian
Servings 20
Calories 136 kcal

Equipment

  • bowls
  • hand mixer
  • baking pan
  • cake spatula

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter softened, 1 cup
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 ½ cups flour unbleached
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 cup fruit jam I used organic strawberry
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, beat together 1 large egg, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice, and 2 Tablespoons of sour cream for 2 minutes.
    Crumbled Jam Bars tertiy pirog
  • In a separate bowl on low speed beat together 1 cup of softened unsalted butter (2 sticks) with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 1/2 cups of flour until everything is mixed. It will be clumpy from the butter, that is normal.
    Crumbled Jam Bars tertiy pirog
  • Combine the sugar and flour mixes together. With the help of your hands, mix the dough together until it forms into a ball. The dough will be soft and easy to work with.
    Crumbled Jam Bars tertiy pirog
  • Divide the dough in half. Take one half and place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 350F. Spray or butter up your pan if you need to. (I use ceramic so it doesn’t stick.) You could also use a glass dish.
  • Take the other half of dough and spread it on the bottom of a half sized baking sheet.
    Crumbled Jam Bars tertiy pirog
  • On top of the dough spread 1 cup of jam.
    Crumbled Jam Bars tertiy pirog
  • After 15 minutes, take out the dough from the freezer and grate it on to the jam.
    Crumbled Jam Bars tertiy pirog
  • Put in oven for 20 minutes. The top will start to brown up, that means it’s ready!Let it cool down. Sift powdered sugar on top and cut into squares.
    Crumbled Jam Bars tertiy pirog
  • Enjoy!
    Crumbled Jam Bars tertiy pirog

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Crumbled Jam Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 33mg1%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 19IU0%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword apple jam, bars, Crumbled Jam Bars, dessert, fruit jam, lemon juice, powdered sugar, russian cookie, russian dessert, russian food, sour cream
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