MANGO CURD BARS
Bars as in fruit crumble bars, fruit curd bars, or even chocolatey smores bars are a versatile dessert to take to any kind of parties. Especially as we approach summer. They are easy to put together, are portable and most importantly, they do not last long!
Growing up in Mumbai, summer, which usually lasted the months of April, May and June – were filled with aam ras or mango juice with every meal. It was perhaps my favorite season of the year, and favorite fruit! There are hundreds of varieties of mangoes found in India.
The most popular ones that I grew up eating were Alphonso, Payari, Kesar and Langda. Payari variety is juicy and truly makes the best raas that you can ever have in your entire life! The other varieties are great for eating as is.
With mango season in mind, I really wanted to make a fruit curd bar, so here are my Mango Curd Bars. Also, with Mother’s Day around the corner, I wanted to make these bars to make for the most special mom in your life!
These bars are gluten free. I have used canned Alphonso mango pulp that I get from the Indian grocery store. The can is also available on Amazon here. I would highly recommend the pulp from the Indian grocery store. Because the pulp is so sweet, you will end up using less sugar for the bars themselves.
The crust is gluten free, and it’s ingredients are:
- Unsalted butter: I almost always use unsalted butter, because you can control the amount of salt in your final product. But I have made these bars with salted butter too, and eliminated the added salt. It turns out great.
- Light brown sugar: Light brown sugar has caramel properties, and it also helps sweeten the crust.
- Almond flour: I have been a fan of almond flour since my early blogging days. I love the nutty flavor it brings to the final product.
- Gluten free oat flour: I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oat Flour and it gives a lovely texture to the crust.
- Ground ginger and cardamom: Ginger, cardamom and mango are a stellar combination and I wanted to incorporate the spices in the crust.
The crust is a gluten free crust, and it comes together really quickly, simply by mixing all the ingredients together. Place the filling in an 8×8 inch baking pan, lined with parchment paper, that is adhered with cooking spray. This helps to remove the entire bar, neatly, once baked and cooled.
The crust is baked for about 20 minutes or until golden brown in color
MANGO CURD INGREDIENTS:
The ingredients of the mango curd are:
- Granulated sugar: Granulated sugar is used to sweeten the mango curd.
- Eggs: Eggs help to bind the curd mixture, especially once baked, the curd layer remains steady.
- Lime juice and zest: Lime and mango are a match made in heaven, and addition of lime gives the necessary tartness to the sweet mango.
- Canned Mango pulp: I get the canned mango pulp from the Indian grocery store. It is inexpensive, and really flavors mango desserts beautifully.
- Ground ginger: Mango and ginger go really well together, it’s a given to have them together.
- Vanilla extract: Generally bakers do not add vanilla extract in curds, but I love the added flavor.
- Corn starch: It helps to hold the curd together, and keeps the layer steady once baked and cooled.
The mango curd is simply mixing all the ingredients by whisking together, and then pouring it onto the baked crust. The bars are baked for about 25 to 30 minutes. Ground ginger or sooth(as in Gujarati language), is added to mango raas, to aid digestion.
Once completely cooled, and chilled, you can choose to decorate the bars either by a sprinkling of powdered sugar, or if you want to make them fancy, pipe whipped cream on top of each bar with a sprinkling of freeze-dried strawberry powder.
If you want to make them even more festive, add sprinkles or a gold leaf speck on the top of each bar.
You can find my Mango and Ginger Hand Pies here too.
If you do make these bars, please tag #thejamlab on Instagram and/or leave a comment on this blog post.
Have a wonderful Mother’s Day and celebrate her with these lovely bars!