Oh man, nothing like the first post of the year. Full of expectations and hope! I got a new flash for my camera for Christmas, which I'm still trying to figure out. I have a bunch of photography tutorials saved on my Pinterest, but I never seem to find the time to spend a whole afternoon learning from it. Probably because I'm usually sick of learning anything by the time I have a free moment, haha.br /br /Did everyone have a good holiday, though? It sure went by fast. Holy crap, it feels like November was just yesterday. I've now started my last semester of my undergrad. It's a bit daunting and unbelievable how fast these past four years flew. br /br /But enough of my personal issues, let's talk about food! I made these jam curd bars over the Christmas holidays, just following a simple recipe for oatmeal bars and stuffing it with the goods. I never thought to combine jam and curd before, but I had leftover lime curd and guava jam so I thought: 'why not? They're both tropical!'.br /br /I was pleasantly surprised with how they turned out! They're sweet, but balanced by the tanginess of the lime curd. I added coconut to the base and topping and it adds another tropical kick. I really enjoyed these. They make a good dessert or a power snack during the day. My mom's friend went bonkers for them- he absolutely loved it!br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br /a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0q-2Cei8g6I/UPgxcyBrXKI/AAAAAAAAAOY/VUT5gMMvVyw/s1600/cjam+bars.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0q-2Cei8g6I/UPgxcyBrXKI/AAAAAAAAAOY/VUT5gMMvVyw/s400/cjam+bars.jpg" width="400" //a/divbbr //bbGuava Curd Bars/bbr /smallYields 1 8x8" pan/smallbr /bIngredients/bbr /6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperaturebr /1/2 cup brown sugar, packed br /1 egg br /1/4 cup sugar (you can use brown, white or honey)br /1 1/2 cups old fashioned oatsbr /1 cup all purpose flour br /1/2 cup unsweetened coconutbr /1/2 teaspoon baking soda br /1/2 teaspoon salt br /1/2 cup guava jam small(if you can't find guava, use your favourite jam! Marmalade would be nice in this too)/smallbr /1/2 cup lemon or lime curdbr /br /bDirections/bbr /Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a square 8x8" pan and set aside.br /br /In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Once light and fluffy add the egg and 1/4 cup sugar until combined. Add in the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt until it's a big sticky mess. br /br /Press 3/4 of the batter into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the curd and jam evenly over the base and crumble the rest of the batter over the top.br /br /Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool completely before cutting. Enjoy!