Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blueberry Crumb Bars


Have I mentioned to you how happy I am that "good weather" is  finally here?  It's that time of year for us here in Wisconsin when the grass is a deep green and it's not just the skies that are blue.  These luscious blueberries are laced with Ghiradelli chocolate and sandwiched between two layers of a soft flour and butter based crumb.  Tailor made for summer, these blueberry crumb bars are a recipe that you will not want to miss.


As I grow older, there is one thing that becomes more apparent every day: simple is best.  These bars are an excellent example of this mantra,  and they have one additional quality.  The are very delicious.   


So, maybe I decided to mix in a little chocolate in with these fresh blueberries.  Do not judge me.  They're still simple, and in my slightly biased opinion, even more tasty.   Now that we've established these bars to be simple and tasty, let me make just a couple of more points about them.

They are a true crumb bar.  Perhaps it's not an overstatement to say they are a perfect crumb bar.  That is to say, these bars manage to hold their shape very well, in spite of their crumb base.  And now the good news and bad news about these babies.  I'll give you the good news first.  They are not overly sweet. The bad news, as Scott pointed out, this attribute only make it easier to eat more of them.   Myself, I'm not entirely sure why that is not a good thing but according to the other man of the house, it is factor to consider.  (Once again) myself, I will accept the risk and because these are really really good, you might want to consider doing the same.  

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Blueberry Crumb Bars
a Platter Talk Exclusive

    Recipe   
yields 16 bars


Ingredients 
  • 1 cup white sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chops (I used 60% cacao chips from Ghiradelli)
  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
 Instructions 
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 
  • Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar,  flour, salt, lemon juice, and baking powder. 
  • Mix in salt and cinnamon.
  •  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 remaining 1/2 cup white sugar and cornstarch.
  • Gently mix in the blueberries and chocolate.
  • 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. Cool completely before cutting into squares.
 

52 comments:

  1. This sounds so delicious and of course looks delicious.

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    1. Thank you Patty! These taste as good as they look!

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  2. These sound so good Dan! I just love the use of the chocolate in them!

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    1. Thanks, Kecia! You will love the flavor in these!

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  3. This looks wonderful. I'm pinning the recipe to use when blueberry season comes to Western NY!

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    1. Jane,
      I'm so happy you saw this post. If you have any penchant at all for blueberries, you will really enjoy this one. The filling would also be excellent in a pie. Thanks for your comments.

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  4. I have had y'all's blog earmarked to visit for ages now. I'm so glad I finally made my way here! OMG. I'm completely in love :) And these blueberry crumb bars look DIVINE!

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    1. How nice to hear from you! Thanks for the comments and what a coincidence that we LOVE your site too! Happy to have run into you :-)

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  5. My biggest problem would be to let them cool before I started eating them (as in plural)--these really look good. I love fruit which is why I prefer pies to cake!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, and who really lets these cool? :-)

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  6. I love blueberry crumb pie! Knowing that I can make blueberry crumb bars to eat throughout the week makes me so excited!

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  7. YUM! I like the wheat flour in the mix. . . and blueberry with lemon juice makes my mouth water! (I am sure my family will want to thank you personally when I make these for Sunday Brunch)

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    1. Thanks Jen, your family will certainly than YOU!

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  8. That looks so good. I love blueberries.

    Michelle F.

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  9. Wow these bars look so yummy! And we LOVE blueberries- perfect Dan! So glad its finally warming up there. Have a great day!

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  10. This sounds fantastic! I have been looking for a great blueberry recipe!

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  11. Oh these look good! I can't wait to try them! Unfortunately I have to wait until after my baby is born because I have gestational diabetes and can't eat any sugar or white flour right now :(

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    1. Sorry that I tempted you, but on the other hand these are worth waiting for!

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  12. I am SO happy you slipped a little chocolate into these!!!! OHHH MAN!!!! Fantastic y'all!!!!!

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  13. oh this sounds nice with a cold glass of milk for breakfast!

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  14. That looks like a good breakfast food! i am a terrible cook, but my daughter could make this with no problems.

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    1. Thanks for the comments, and in my opinion, this would make a good any meal food!

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  15. I've been thinking about these since I saw them on Google Plus. They look amazing!

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    1. Thank you Liz, I really liked them and I bet you would as well.

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  16. Oh god. I've been so good at controlling my sweet tooth and watching what I eat, and now I think you just blew it. Thanks. These look really really good. Do you think if I share them with my family on Sunday it will negate the calories?

    Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Social. Looking forward to seeing what you have for us next week

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    1. Thanks for the comments, Ricki, and for hosting!

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  17. Dan you don't know how excited I am to see this recipe. I've been looking for blueberry recipes ever since the blueberry farm here opened their doors. I only have a pint in the refrig right now, but this gives me an excuse to go pick more. Thanks for sharing this on The Weekend Social.

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  18. Howow!!! The picture is very mouth watering and for sure this Blueberry crumb bars is very delicious. I want to taste it badly!!! :P

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    1. Thanks, Ken. It's so great to read your comments!

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  19. Blueberries have such a nice bite of flavor to them. I love them fresh or cooked, and this looks tasty.

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  20. You had me at blueberry, but to add Ghirardelli chocolate is, well, evil. And genius!

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    1. Not sure about the genius part! Great hearing from you, Brooks.

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  21. I just bought fresh blueberries at the market---a double batch. I am having a guest over for dinner tomorrow night. This is THE dessert. I can't believe the touch of chocolate. Inspired!

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    1. I hope you try this; I truly enjoyed this one!

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  22. This recipe makes me so happy for summer! Bring on all the berries!!

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    1. So nice to hear from you, Marie! Hope you have a wonderful summer, full of berries!

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  23. Hello Dan, I'm so happy to see you at our #theWeekendSocial. These bars look really good. Even a "non baker" like me could pull these off. And we love blueberries around here! Thanks. I look forward to seeing you again next week!

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  24. I love blueberries,these look so good.Can you you use frozen blueberries?

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    1. Yes, absolutely! Be sure to thaw and allow them to drain first.

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  25. Chocolate laced blueberries! Yum! I think I need to make these very soon. Thanks again for sharing on Merry Monday linky party.

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    1. Thanks for the comments; our family loves this treat.

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  26. Wow, these look amazing!! I wish I had one, or two, right about now!! I think I may give these a try over the 4th. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I'm pretty sure you will like these!

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