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
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    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 9×13 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.

 

Comments

  1. Jane Lehman says

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

    • says

      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.

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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!

  4. says

    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 :(

  5. says

    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

  6. says

    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.

      • says

        Yum! These look great! I love lemon and blueberry so I will have to try these. I’m pnnniig this for future reference.Newest follower via linky and I’ve added your blog to my blog list. I’d love for you to check out my blog and link up some of your recipes and projects to my Marvelous Mondays party!Have a great day!Juliewww.jamscorner.com

  7. says

    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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