Baking Success – Blueberry Crumb Bars

Since I have been stuck in the house this weekend for various reasons I decided to “visit” my kitchen and put a recipe to the test. I finally caught up on all the Food & Wine magazines and found an amazing recipe for blueberry crunch bars. The recipe was in the 2008 December issue under holiday sweets, but with all the fresh blueberries in my refrigerator it seemed like perfect time to bake. I laid out all the ingredients on the counter and kept looking at them wondering if I should do it or not, and I finally decided it was time to tackle this project.Crust:2 cups all purpose flour1 cup old-fashioned oats1 cup golden brown sugar1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon1 cup chilled unsalted butter (I used 1/2 cup)1/2 cup sliced almondsFilling:3 cups fresh blueberries1 cup blueberry preserves1 tablespoon all purpose flour1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peelThe oat mixture make a delicious crust for the bottom and a tasty crumble on top. Lemon is probably my most favorite as it perks up the blueberry filling. One of the reasons why I don’t like cooking is because I am very impatient and the baking wasn’t too bad, just about 40 minutes. Once the bars cooled off, I made some espresso and enjoyed every bite of it. The bars are absolutely delicious – chewy but crunchy on top, sweet but the lemon and fresh blueberries give it a little bit of a bitter hint, a perfect balance of flavors.Perhaps I have found my calling in the kitchen!!!


One Comment

  • eatingRD
    June 9, 2009 at 5:21 am

    Those look delicious! Way to tackle the kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚ I love stuff like that, especially with a nice dollop of ice cream or frozen yogurt, yum!


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