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Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

[Photograph: Anna Markow]

Yes, you can make these with storebought jam or jelly, but Concord grape jelly is by far one of the most rewarding things you can make yourself. It is basically the only preserve recipe I feel like I shouldn't mess with—as much as I adore spiced warm grape juice, I think grape jelly should always be unadulterated and perfectly purpley grapey.

If you can't find Concord grapes (and I only happened upon some by chance) you can make an easy raspberry jam by cooking fresh or frozen raspberries with sugar (one heaping cup of berries for every cup of sugar.) That's actually how I made these bars for work, since we always had raspberries in house and it's so simple.

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About the Author: Anna Markow is a pastry chef obsessed with doing things that no one else does and giving unusual ingredients their time to shine. You can follow her sometimes-pastry-related thoughts on Twitter @VerySmallAnna.

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