I am not a professional, & this is the way I have found to be easiest for me.
(besides using pre-mixed when I'm on time constraints)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 35-42 minutes
Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare in greased 8x8x2-inch pan (I used the perfect brownie pan)
-Mix sugar,flour in large bowl.
-Mix in butter and almonds, mix with fork until mix becomes crumbly.
-Spoon about 1 1/2 cup of crumbs lightly packed into pan
-Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until edges start to brown
*Prepare filling while crust bakes*
-Mix all ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil on medium-low heat (to control consistency)
-Add filling to hot crust
-Sprinkle rest of crumb mix over entire pan
-Put pan back in oven for about 25-27 minutes (when edges are bubbling, bars are done!)