Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Thank you Smitten Kitchen . . . you are awesome.

Yield: 36 smallish rectangles

1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cold butter (2 sticks or 8 ounces)
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
Zest and juice of one lemon
4 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, and baking powder. Mix in salt and lemon zest. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and egg. Dough will be crumbly. Pat half of dough into the prepared pan.

3. In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Gently mix in the blueberries. Sprinkle the blueberry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares. (Easiest to cut once chilled, and store even better in the fridge than they do at room temperature).

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Caitlin said...

Those look good. We picked blueberries while Ryan was here and I've got a bunch in the freezer. I think I'm going to have to try these. Hello, breakfast on Sunday morning...

Elle said...

Ooooh, I need these! They're just gorgeous!