Recipe | Blueberry Crumb Bars & Friday | Picture of the Week | Week 31

This is what happens when blueberries are $2.50 for 16oz at the grocery store!

With over two pounds of blueberries I was hit with decision paralysis….do I make blueberry cobbler or blueberry crumb bars? Naturally, I asked Ryan what he would prefer and without hesitation he said blueberry crumb bars. And with that, a decision was made.

These crumb bars are flavorful without being loaded with a sugary sweet taste. It allows the natural blueberry flavor to shine through. After all, I should know, I ate three in one day (oops)!

Blueberry Crumb Bars
Source: Adapted fromĀ SmittenKitchen

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 sticks cold, unsalted butter cut into cubes (1 cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3 cups flour, and baking powder. Mix in salt and lemon zest. Add the butter, egg, vanilla, and almond to bowl and use a fork or pastry cutter (or my personnel favorite, my hands) to mix together. Dough will be crumbly. Pat half of dough into the prepared pan.
  3. In another bowl, stir together the 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Gently mix in the blueberries to sugar mixture. 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.
  5. If eating warm out of the oven, serve with vanilla ice cream!
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