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Established in 2006, Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA) is an internationally-based collaboration of Muslim women writers and advocates working together to counter negative and inaccurate perceptions regarding members of the Muslim community and the Islamic faith.

Monday, August 13, 2012

MWA's Asma Zaman shares her peanut butter and jam bars recipe

As a child I absolutely loved peanut butter and jam sandwiches.  Now here is a more 'grown-up' and sophisticated version of a childhood favourite recipe and trust me when I tell you... once these are made you will not want to share them with anyone!



  • 1/2 llb  butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 18 oz smooth peanut butter
  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 18 oz raspberry jam
  • Slightly chopped salted peanuts


  • Cream the butter and sugar with an electric hand whisk until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs whilst the whisk is still running.
  • Add the vanilla essence.
  • Add the smooth peanut butter and continue to whisk.
  • Now sieve together the flour, baking powder and salt and add to the wet ingredients.  Continue to whisk until you get a dough like mixture.
  • Grease and flour a large tin approx 30cm long (width may vary).  If you have grease proof paper then just grease the tin and place the paper on top.
  • Put and pat in 2/3 of the mixture into the tin.
  • Then spread the raspberry jam over the mixture with a knife.
  • Crumble the rest of the mixture all over the jam.
  • Sprinkle over the chopped salted peanuts over the mixture and slightly pat them down.

Now put the tray in a pre-heated oven for 45mins at gas mark 4-5, until golden brown.

Once cooked leave to cool for about 10-15mins then cut in squares.

* This can be enjoyed with a glass of milk or a cup of tea and can even be eaten warm with a scoop of ice-cream.

* You can use other flavour jams but raspberry is by far the best.

Happy Cooking & Happy Eating Everyone!

MWA Member, Asma Zaman.

Ms. Zaman, an MWA member since March 2007, is a London based law graduate currently pursuing theoretical and practical qualifications as a psychological counsellor/psychotherapist also striving to bring awareness to the issues of mental health and disabilities in developing countries. She was invited to work as a project director and human rights campaign coordinator for the NGO 'Muslim Parliament of Great Britain' where she produced a national report on 'Child Abuse in Religious Environments'. 

Through rigourous campaigning Ms. Zaman played a pivotol role in the release of an innocent British citizen on death row in Pakistan in addition to supporting other high-impact projects.  

Her aspirations of becoming a writer began at a very young age, but it was only after being diagnosed with a long-term illness did they start to become reality. Asma now strives to raise awareness in support of not only others suffering from Myalgic-Encephalomilitis (M.E.) and Fibromyalgia, but for their caregivers as well.  

Ms. Zaman is currently busy finalising her first collection of Urdu poetry and working on a set of novellas for adults, in addition to continuing her story-writing for young children.

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