Chocolate Raspberry Pie Bars

Nothings says summer like a handful of juicy raspberries, and when they’re baked into a layer of chocolate and crumbly pie crust, even better! These chocolate raspberry pie bars are so delicious and so easy to throw together on a warm, slow afternoon.

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

These bars are baked with your oven on the convection setting, which means it will circulate air around the dish so the top, bottom, and sides are all getting cooked at the same temperature. If you’ve never cooked with convection before or want to learn more about it, check out our post 5 Tips to Cooking with Convection. We used the Wolf E Series 30″ Electric Oven with dual convection, as well as the Wolf 48″ Gas Range for this recipe, and it turned out perfect!

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

So what are you waiting for? Gather some raspberries from your garden or the local market, invite some friends over, preheat the oven, and start baking! These are sure to go fast once you take that first bite – before you know it, you’ll be making them all the time!

Ingredients:

• 1 cup (2 sticks) softened unsalted butter
• 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
• 2 cups flour
• 1/4 tsp. salt
• 1 cup dark chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate can also be used)
• 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
• 1/4 tsp. vanilla
• 2 cups fresh raspberries
• melted chocolate to drizzle on top (optional)

Instructions:

1. Preheat convection oven to 350 degrees and generously spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick baking spray.

2. In an large bowl, by hand or using a mixer, blend butter with sugar, flour and salt until crumbly. Then press 1 3/4 cups of crumb mixture into prepared baking pan and bake for 12 minutes until lightly golden.

3. While the crust bakes, pour sweetened condensed milk in small sauce pan and add chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir over low heat until smooth.

4. Remove crust from oven and pour chocolate mixture over warm crust. Sprinkle remaining crumbs on top, then raspberries. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Drizzle melted chocolate on top and allow to cool before cutting into bars.

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

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5 Tips to Cooking with Convection

We get questions all the time about what a convection oven does. People are confused and intimidated by it, so let us shed some light on how cooking with convection can make you a better cook!

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Why use convection?

You may think you need special training to use it, but it’s actually really simple.   Convection makes everything better because rather than cooking from the bottom up, it cooks food from the outside in. Convection ovens have fans that constantly circulate the air around your food so that the top, bottom and sides are all experiencing the same temperature. Also, because it constantly introduces fresh hot air, it is more efficient. This means you will not only be able to cook things quicker, but you’ll be able to cook things BETTER!

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Myths about cooking with convection
  1. The first is the fear it that the fan will dry out your food. That would be true if we cooked with the door open, but we don’t. The moisture stays in the oven cavity and is constantly circulated back into your dish, so you will actually lose less moisture than in standard baking.
  2. The second concern is that you will have to adjust all your favorite recipes. Nearly all consumer ovens come with an automatic conversion feature.  This will calculate the appropriate convection temperature for whatever you enter based on your old recipe. It will automatically drop the temperature by a certain percent based on how that oven has tested.   (You can turn this feature off if you prefer manually setting the temperature).   Even if you don’t have this feature, you can just drop your temperature by 30 degrees and you’ll be fine.   If you want to be more precise, you can visit www.convection-calculator.com.

Who knew cooking with convection was so easy? | Duerden's Appliance

Types of Convection
  1. Standard convection means that the heat is coming from elements on the bottom, just like your classic oven, and that the fan is circulating the air. Some electric ovens use this method, as do all gas ovens. This will do a great job on roasts, casseroles, and single sheet baking. Where it will struggle is baking multiple racks at the same time.   Because the heat is still coming from the bottom up, you will see different results for the top, middle, and bottom racks.
  2. The second type is true convection. If you hear the term European or True European, it is the same thing.   The difference is that heating elements are added to the fans, so the heat is coming from the back rather than the bottom.   Now you are able to bake on all of your racks and get the same result.

Who knew cooking with convection was so easy? | Duerden's Appliance

Who knew cooking with convection was so easy? | Duerden's Appliance

Who knew cooking with convection was so easy? | Duerden's Appliance

Tips on Cooking with Convection

Since we have 12 live ovens in the showroom, we are always experimenting with different recipes and cooking methods. This has really helped us learn and given us confidence in what we recommend to our customers. Here are some things our experience has taught us:

  1. We bake absolutely everything on convection and find that the results are always superior to standard thermal oven cooking.
  2. Baking enthusiasts should avoid gas ovens and get true convection electric ovens.   If you prefer to cook with gas, we offer dual fuel ranges that offer gas cooking on top and electric baking in the oven.
  3. The size of the fan means nothing. Don’t assume that a model with a large fan will perform better than one with a smaller fan. The importance is how even the air flow is, not the speed of the air.
  4. Listen to our finicky bakers. When customers love to bake, we avoid trying to recommend a particular model. Instead, we invite them to bring in their favorite recipe and try it in as many of our ovens as they like. No matter how many bakers have taken us up on this challenge, the results are always the same. The top performer is always a Wolf wall oven. If this works with her budget, that is what she’ll select. If she doesn’t want to spend the money on the Wolf, she will select a GE Profile or GE Café convection oven. They are fantastic baking ovens at an affordable price.
  5. Give yourself some credit. If your current oven has a heating element you can see in the bottom (appliance people call these coat hangers) and if you don’t have convection, you have no idea if you are a good baker. Try using convection, and see how great you can be!
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Park City Showcase Home Kitchen

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We are thrilled to be a part of the 2016 Park City Showcase of Homes by featuring our appliances in beautiful house #16 by Timberidge Custom Homes. It is located in the spectacular Red Ledges community of  Heber City, Utah and has views that will knock your socks off! Come and see us during the showcase this weekend through Labor Day. We’ll be baking cookies and demonstrating the Wolf grill in this showcase home kitchen!

Step inside this showcase home kitchen! | Duerden's Appliance

Step inside this showcase home kitchen! | Duerden's Appliance

Mountain modern design

The designer on this project is Tonya Olsen of Barclay Butera and we love the mountain modern feel that she captured so well. The spaces are light and bright with just the right amount of rustic touches to reflect the home’s setting.

Step inside this showcase home kitchen! | Duerden's Appliance

Step inside this showcase home kitchen! | Duerden's Appliance

Step inside this showcase home kitchen! | Duerden's Appliance

Kitchen Appliances

The star of the kitchen is the Wolf 48″ gas range. The 20,000 BTU gas burners are hot enough to boil water in minutes, yet gentle enough to simmer delicate sauces for hours. Saturday morning pancakes and bacon are a breeze on the built in Wolf griddle. And with two ovens the home chef can prepare meals to easily feed a hungry crowd!

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While it isn’t as exciting to talk about as cooking, good ventilation is critical with a range this powerful. The heat and grease need to be captured and allowed to escape out of the kitchen. This discreet Wolf hood liner is installed into a millwork cover designed and built by Heber Wood Classics. It is quiet and gets the job done!

Step inside this showcase home kitchen! | Duerden's Appliance

A 30″ SubZero refrigerator and a 30″ freezer both disappear behind cabinet panels and blend seamlessly into the kitchen. SubZero is the finest in food preservation, making food stay fresher and last longer.

Step inside this showcase home kitchen! | Duerden's Appliance

It’s tough to spot the dishwasher since it has a cabinet panel, but it will be even harder to hear it! The Asko dishwasher can keep up with this family because of its 40 gallon per minute water pump and on board water heater. The Wolf drawer microwave is tucked below the sink for easy access and efficient use of space.

 

LIST OF MODELS:
SubZero 30″ Integrated Refrigerator – IC-30R
SubZero 30″ Integrated Freezer – IC-30FI
Wolf 48″ Gas Range – GR486G
Wolf 48″ Hood Liner – PL462218
Asko Dishwasher – D5424XLS
Wolf Drawer Microwave – MD24S
Wolf Ice Maker (in pantry) – UC-151

For more photos of this project visit our Houzz page. 

Photos by Willie Holdman Photographs, Park City Utah

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