Friday, September 6, 2013

Blueberry Crumb Bars, Blueberry Crumb Bars | Well Worth Repeating

I've been holding out on you -- I've been making these Blueberry Crumb Bars all summer, ever since our first blueberries ripened in late June. Every. Single. Week. Mr. Rosemary likes them that much. (So do I.) And I have enough in the freezer to make, oh, I'd say enough for a weekly batch through January!

And I took a pan of these to the family's annual Labor Day get together, an appropriate official end to summer. And everyone loved them there, too. Even my brother (who boned up on reading my blog before our get together said I should put these up on the blog: "You haven't been posting there much lately," he said.)

And when my eight year old cooking student took them to a friend's home for dinner he got a thank you note and a request for the recipe!

I have found this recipe in a lot of places, so whoever first created it gets no credit! I first found these via the Brown Eyed Baker. She attributed them to Smitten Kitchen, who wrote that she first got the recipe from all  I liked Smitten Kitchen's the best, because it used all butter as the shortening and included a good touch of lemon, both in the blueberry mixture and the crust. So that's the one I used. (And used and used and used.)

Maybe you'll become a blueberry crumb bar junkie, too, after you try these. They're pretty simple, oh-so-good, and can be a great dessert, a nice snack, or a complement to a breakfast spread.

But Mr. Rosemary will suggest that you warm these up a little and add a dollop of Cool Whip.  And I might add, Cool Whip might do in a pinch but real whipped cream is so much better!

Blueberry Crumb Bars
Yield: I cut these into 36 smallish rectangles
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cold unsalted butter (2 sticks)
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.  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. (This took an extra 10 to 15 minutes in my oven.) Cool completely before cutting into squares.