As you probably know by now, most of my baked goods are made specifically for my co-workers. I love baking (duh.) but there's no way I could keep all of these goodies at my house. So I take them to work. Since my co-workers are the one's that eat the majority of the things I make, I like to make things they'll actually enjoy.
That brings me to this week's recipe...blueberry crumb bars. My one co-worker (the same one who challenged me to the bake off in the last post, actually) loves anything with blueberry in it. And since I felt bad for beating him so bad in the bake off, I figured I'd make something he'd especially enjoy, as would the rest of the team.
Check 'em out!
These were pretty yummy. I have to admit...I'm not a huge fan of fruity desserts. But these were so moist and chewy and gooey and....amazing. And the buttery crumb crust and topping didn't hurt, either. They're definitely a mess to take out of the pan so make sure you (1) line the pan with parchment paper and (2) you let the bars cool COMPLETELY so they don't fall apart when you try to take them out of the pan. I didn't have patience to wait for these to cool so I just let them sit over night. Or if you're in a rush, put them in the freezer for an hour or so.
Recipe (courtesy of smitten kitchen):
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cold unsalted butter (2 sticks or 8 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Zest and juice of one lemon
4 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan and line with parchment paper.
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.
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.
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.