Blueberry Crumble Bars

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Meg Arbo

By
@GemObra

I am a sucker for fresh blueberries! I grew up stuffing myself with them in South Jersey (Yes, Virginia, NJ is actually a nice place!) and the love affair continued into my adulthood. Each year I buy at least one flat of them if the wild pickings are not great. This is but one of my favorite blueberry recipes.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
a bunch!
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
40 Min

Ingredients

  • 3 c
    flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 1/2 c
    granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 large
    egg, beaten
  • 1 c
    salted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 4 tsp
    cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • 2 tsp
    lemon zest (i have successfully used lime, if that was the fresh citrus i had on hand)
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh lemon juice (again, fresh lime can be used if that is what you have)
  • 4 c
    fresh blueberries (2 pts) you can use frozen, but the middle is a little wetter and you will need a little extra cornstarch. fresh is best for this recipe

How to Make Blueberry Crumble Bars

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 9x13 baking dish, set aside
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Add beaten egg and cold butter cubes to flour mixture and using a fork or a pastry cutter (or even your fingertips, or two table knives), cut mixture together until it resembles coarse crumbs. Gently press 2/3 of the mixture evenly into prepared 9x13 dish.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 4 tsp cornstarch. Stir in lemon juice then add blueberries. Toss mixture to evenly coat then pour and spread coated blueberries evenly over crust in baking dish. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over berry layer (I pressed some of the mixture together in my hands while sprinkling to make larger crumbs). Sprinkle (optional) Turbinado sugar evenly over top.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for about 38 - 42 minutes until top is golden brown. Allow to cool for about 20 - 30 minutes before cutting into squares (or serve warm with vanilla ice cream, yum). Store bars in an airtight container in refrigerator. (You may want to bring them up to room temp before serving, though.) I wrapped each in a little slice of waxed paper to keep them from mooshing together.

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