Since I won't be back until after Labor Day, I wanted to leave you with something that screams summer. Something made with fresh berries while the berry getting is still good. These are so simple and satisfying. And because they're not too ridiculously sweet and fruity too, you can get away with having them for breakfast (in front of others I mean--when you're alone you can eat a whole tray of fudge brownies and live with the private shame). Have a nice week!
FRESH BERRY CRUMB BARS
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 heaping tablespoon tapioca starch or corn starch
4 cups fresh blueberries and raspberries
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Grease a 9- x 13-inch pan.
2. Combine 1 cup of the sugar with the flour, baking powder and salt in food processor; pulse to combine. Add the butter and and pulse until mixture resembles a course meal. Add egg and pulse until dough begins to climb up the sides (dough will be crumbly but stick together when squeezed). Pat half of dough into the prepared pan.
3. In another bowl, stir together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and starch. Gently mix into the berries, along with the lemon zest and lemon juice. Sprinkle the berry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.
4. Bake for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.
adapted from allrecipes.com
|dry ingredients pulsed; adding butter|
|dough climbing up the sides|
|crust patted down|
|I went with about 65% blueberries and 35% raspberries.|
|adding lemon zest|
|filling all mixed|
|filling spread over crust|
|sprinkling with crumbs|
If you want larger crumbs on top, just squeeze
some of the dough as you go to form larger clumps.
|ready to bake|
|sliced into bars|
They're even easier to slice if you put the cooled pan
in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. And obviously
you can get more than 24 if you cut them smaller.
|luscious berry filling|
|even closer to the luscious berry filling|