6.16.2010

blueberry crumb bars

Today was another exciting prep day at the catering company. I separated sixty eggs! Sixty! I made Pot de Creme for the very first time. Then, I filled one hundred twenty shot glasses with this decadently luscious chocolaty goodness. Oh. my!

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Now, on to a whole lotta blueberry goodness!

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My husband picked up an insanely large container of blueberries from Costco a couple of days ago. I used a small amount for a fruit salad that we took to a bbq on Sunday. That still left about four more cups that needed to be put to good use. I hopped online and did a little surfing and found a nice recipe over at Smitten Kitchen.

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I've never made blueberry bars and I thought it was about time I did!

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Amazing! Incredible! Completely Delectable! I could not keep my paws off of these delightful bars!

I have to tell you something crazy before I get to the recipe. I mixed up the ingredients, spread them into my prepared baking dish, placed it into the oven and....realized I forgot one key ingredient. MY EGG! ACK!!

I said a prayer and crossed my fingers...and ya know...it worked out alright. They held together just fine. Next time I will remember my egg though.

Blueberry Crumb Bars
adapted from Smitten Kitchen

1 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup cold butter, cut into tbsp sized pieces
1 egg, lightly beaten (don't forget this!)

Zest of 1 orange
juice of 1/2 an orange
4 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
4 tsp cornstarch

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 13x9 baking pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together the 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, salt and 3 cups flour. Mix in the orange zest. Use a pastry cutter or fork to cut in the butter. Mix in the egg. Dough will be crumbly. Pat half of the dough into the prepared pan.

In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and orange juice. Gently fold in the blueberries. Sprinkle blueberry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berries.

Bake for 45 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool completely before cutting.

These yummy bars are great all by themselves or with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Heaven!

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38 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

When I read "blueberry and crumb", I know I had to run to check it out!
Wow 4 cups of blueberries...you know, 125g/1 package blueberries cost1.45Euro here...I guess I at least need to get 4 packages....good that you use wholewheat for this gorgeous treat.

pigpigscorner said...

yum...blueberry goodness!

Joanne said...

Ironic that after all that egg separating you forgot an egg in these bars! I think it's all your subconscious's fault...it was sick of egg shelling.

They look amazing! So much blueberry goodness...I am going to have to go buy some imminently.

Faith said...

Oooh, I just picked up some blueberries! Now I'm know what I'm making. ;) These look amazing!

Cathy said...

This looks delicious even without the egg. What a yummy way to use up some extra blueberries.

TKW said...

The egg was probably just begging for mercy after witnessing your 60-egg-separation feat!

I'd never thought of serving pots du creme in shot glasses. Brilliant!

Nina T. said...

They look awesome! Can't wait to try these! MMmmmmm

Dajana said...

These sound fabulous. Like Angie said, blueberries are outrageously expensive here but I so want to try these. Just my type of dessert.

Pam said...

Blueberry got me from the get go! Yum! It looks delicious! And that's a mighty lot of eggs you cracked!

Kim said...

I am crazy about blueberries and these look terrific! I'm glad that they worked out without the egg:)

The catering job sounds like a lot of work, but fun too!

Jennifurla said...

I have also prayed to the baking gods a few times, these loook great

Jeannie said...

yum! glad it worked out fine without your forgotten egg. I would love to try this but not with expensive blueberries!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

These look positively divine! I love baking with blueberries! Irresistible, for sure.

mysteryhistorymom said...

Printing as we speak, so to say!:) YUM! I think we will go and pick some more blueberries, just for this! Thanks, Sweetie! Lori

Natalie said...

Wow I wish we could keep our hands out of the blueberry carton long enough for me to make these! Think I could use whole wheat flour instead of whole wheat pastry flour?

Claudia said...

The blueberry crumb got my attention! I love it with the orange zest - it is such a good complement to the blueberries. You bet I will be making it - with or without the egg! Glad you're enjoying the catering gig!

Pam said...

That is hilarious about the egg. Maybe after doing 60 of them, your body just couldn't handle another one!

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

Oh, yum!!! I so want one of these blueberry bars with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. And I love hearing about your day... so many eggs!

Velva said...

This past weekend, we picked over
7-lbs of blueberries and this would be a great recipe to try.

My hat is off to you for work that you did for catering. I know that is really tough work.

5 Star Foodie said...

These sound seriously tempting! Love the sweet blueberry goodness!

Monica said...

This sounds absolutely amazing! I guess I better see if our Costco is selling blueberries yet. Thanks for the recipe.

A Joyful Chaos said...

Sounds like you had a fun, busy day! separating 60 eggs?!


Blueberry crumb goodness! I can't wait to try this recipe out.

Thanks for sharing.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Total gorgeousness! Got one for me?
Have a wonderful weekend.
*kisses* HH

Julie said...

I'll take two please!

sweetlife said...

after seperating all those eggs, I can't imagine you would even want ot buy eggs, what a busy day you had..love the blueberry crumb bars, I also have a TON of blueberries...this would be perfect for our father's day weekend

sweetlife

Gloria said...

Your blueverry crumb bars look awesome! .I love bleberries any time! I have to try this recipe to kids! thanks by sharing, gloria

Randi Troxell said...

ooh! these look just wonderful!

Juliana said...

Kim, your blueberry crumb bars look awesome...love it with lots of blueberries :-) The pictures are great!

Cailin said...

Mmmm! I love anything with blueberries. These look amazing!

Kristin said...

Another brunch worthy delicacy!

Stella said...

Hey Kim, sounds like you worked hard at catering. I always get nervous when I have to put that much pudding our mousse into pretty containers. I think I start to freak out that I'm not going to be able to do it neatly!
These bars sound great by the way, and I love that you forgot the egg. If they're good without it, that's just one less animal product. That's fine by me-cheaper too (smile)!

Jamie said...

These bars look perfect! I want these! Sadly blueberries are always flown in from somewhere else so they are rare and expensive. But I'd love to try these bars with another berry or cherries! Fabulous! And that catering experience sounds actually like a lot of fun!

tasteofbeirut said...

These have got to be the most beautiful blueberry bars I have ever seen!

clearlytangled said...

i wish you could send one of these virtually to me right now!

Foodessa said...

Both flavours of orange and blueberry put a smile on my face.
This looks fairly easy to put together especially when we have a basket of blueberries waiting to be highlighted in a dessert;o)
Thanks for sharing and flavourful wishes, Claudia

foxy said...

I'll have you know I made these for a family get-together last weekend and they were fantastic! Thanks!

Danielle said...

blueberries...YUM! But back to that egg cracking thing....60?! Holy cow! How do you know if any shells fell in there. I mean...thats a lotta eggs to look through. LOL

Megan said...

Oh why oh why didn't I pick up any blueberries at the farmers' market today?! I would love to make these.

Do you crack two eggs at a time? I was terrible at it when I first started working at the bakery, but after a couple weeks of cracking 110 eggs per day for our egg sandwich base, I got up to speed!

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