Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Triple Berry Crumb Bars

With berries being readily available right now, I wanted to utilize them.  These bars were great.  My husband had 2 huge ones the first night.  Now, some of you might wonder if my husband is 500 lbs...  No, he has the gift every woman wants, but barely any of us have...  fast metabolism. 

Anyway, back to these bars.  The bars is sweet and the berries were a bit tart which I really liked and my husband loved.  Not a fan of tart?  Add another 1/4 cup of sugar to the berries.  These bars are totally worth making and I was a bit skeptical.  I find myself keep going back for more and unlike a lot of desserts, they are still great a few days later! 

Adapted from
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 4 cups mix of fresh blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch

 Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
  In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, and baking powder. Mix in salt and lemon zest. Whisk egg with the vanilla and 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 berries.
Sprinkle the berry mixture evenly over the crust. Even the juice that comes from them.  Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.
  Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until top is slightly brown.  Cool completely before cutting into squares.  Great chilled too!

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