Friday, July 26, 2013

Blueberry Crumb Bars

One of my friends and I went blueberry picking this morning. The berries are hanging on the bushes like grapes, but all are not quite ripe yet. We picked about 5 quarts of berries and plan to go back in a week when they should just roll off the branches into the buckets! We are hopeful.

Michelle,, posted this recipe and it looks so yummy that I just lifted it for you and reposted it here. Michelle, I hope this is OK. If not, I apologize now! If you've not visited Michelle's blog, you need to! She has excellent recipes and is so very organized.

This afternoon I baked these bars. They are quick and easy and taste delicious. My husband will, of course, top his with ice cream. I think you'll like them, too!


yield: 20 to 24 bars
prep time: 20 minutes
cook time: 50 minutes
total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Crumb bars loaded in the middle with fresh blueberries.


For the Crumb:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 egg

For the Blueberry Filling:
4 cups fresh blueberries
½ cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch
Juice of one lemon


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.
2. Make the Crumb: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter, and then the egg (the dough will be crumbly). Press half of dough into the prepared pan.
3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Gently fold in the blueberries to coat evenly with the sugar mixture. Spread the blueberry mixture evenly over the crust, drizzling any excess juice in the bowl over the filling. Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the blueberry layer.
4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top is light golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

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