Thursday, August 29, 2013

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Blueberries are one of the best fruits of the summer.  Since summer is winding down and I bought a 5 pound box of blueberries, I figured it's time to use them up and bake some blueberry goodness.  It's hard to believe it's already Labor Day weekend and soon the leaves will be falling.  These blueberry bars will be the perfect treat to bring to a picnic in the park tomorrow and to start the long holiday weekend.  

This recipe is for a 9 x 13 pan.  I cut all the ingredients in half and used 
an 8 x 8 pan and it turned out great.  

Crumb Ingredients
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking power
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
1 egg

Blueberry Filling Ingredients
4 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons corn starch
Juice of one lemon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar baking powder and salt to make the crumb mixture.  Add in the butter and use a fork or pastry blender to combine, then add the egg.  Press half of the crumb mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan.

In a separate bowl combine the sugar, corn starch and lemon to make the blueberry filling.  Add in the blueberries.  Pour the blueberry filling into the pan and spread evenly over the crust.  Crumble the remaining dough over the blueberry filling.  Bake the bars for 45 to 50 minutes.  Let the bars cool, then dig in.

Thanks to Brown Eyed Baker for this delicious recipe!

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