Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Todayis the last day of school for the wee ones.  As a special treat, I decided to make them something that reminds me of summer.  There are certain foods that just scream summer to me, blueberries and lemons chief among them.  And voila, I decided to make blueberry crumb bars.  I edited them to make them dairy free, but use butter if you can.  Mmmm, butter!
And yes, these were a huge hit.  I'm storing them in the fridge because I want a cool treat in the heat of summer, and they do really well there.  So what foods scream summer to you?

Blueberry Crumb Bars

1 egg
1 c butter (or butter substitute for me), room temperature
1 1/2 c sugar, divided
3 c flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 t cinnamon
1 lemon - zest and juice
4 c blueberries - I used frozen, use fresh if you have them
2 T cornstarch
1/2 t nutmeg, fresh grated

Preheat your oven to 375 and grease a 9x13 glass baking dish.

In a bowl, mix together the butter and the egg and butter.  Add the baking powder, lemon zest, cinnamon, and salt, and mix well.  Add 1 cup of the sugar and the flour and mix until it's crumbly but not overmixed.

In another bowl, mix together the blueberries, cornstarch (use 4 t instead of 2 T if using fresh blueberries), remaining 1/2 c sugar, lemon juice, and a little nutmeg together.

Pour a little over half the dough crumbs into your prepared pan and pat them down.  Pour the blueberries atop that, then sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top of the blueberries.

Bake at 375 for 50-60 minutes, until the top is a beautiful golden brown color.  Let this cool completely befor you cut it so that it doesn't juice all over the place.  Store it in the fridge for a great cool sweet treat.

Enjoy this and more with Blessed With Grace and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. Also posting now with A Southern Fairytale and her Mouthwatering Monday.


Tara R. June 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM  

How fortunate for me that I found a package of blueberries while 'hurricane' purging my freezer. Win for me!

madge | the vegetarian casserole queen June 6, 2012 at 5:17 AM  

You are creating a lasting memory for your children! Funny how food can do that. These sound great and I love that they are dairy free. Thanks for sharing!

Tami June 6, 2012 at 8:10 AM  

Michelle, you have the best recipes! Keep 'em coming!

Pat June 6, 2012 at 2:26 PM  

Dittoes to what Tami said!! This recipe is a keeper.

Toni June 8, 2012 at 8:07 AM  

Sounds delish! We pick blueberries here in late July/early August, so I'll definitely be saving this one!

Frosted Fingers June 8, 2012 at 3:21 PM  

Those look yummy!! I pinned it to try when we get some blueberries... oh wait! I just remembered I have some frozen!

ConnieFoggles June 8, 2012 at 10:01 PM  

I think I could make these! Love recipes with fresh fruit for the summer.

Brandie June 9, 2012 at 10:21 AM  

Looks yummy! =) Hope summer is a lot of fun!

allisamazing June 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM  

These look so delicious my mouth is watering :)

candy@ Mommypalooza June 9, 2012 at 10:17 PM  

ok, so i am totally not a big blueberry fan but these look divine! not to mention...perfect for the season! thanks for sharing!

candy @ Mommypalooza

Sandra June 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM  

This looks super yummy! It sure does scream summer! Makes me want to make my blueberry pie. For us, smoothies and homemade fruit popsicles mean summer is here!

Michelle June 13, 2012 at 2:26 PM  

Tara - Oh definitely a win for you. Any other ingredients you need me to help you use? ;)

Madge - Oh it is all about creating memories with what we do. I love that, and yes, we make SO much that is dairy free. but not everything - some things just need to have dairy, and Little Miss knows it's ok that she doesn't get those.

Tami - Awww thank you! I love that you appreciate them :)

Pat - I'm getting all warm and fuzzy. If only I had comments like this all the time... my head wouldn't fit through the doorway.

Toni - You know I've never been blueberry picking? It's on my list of things to do this year though! (Again)

Paula - Thanks. They are really good. I brought some to a friend's house and she was so happy because she was just about to look up how to make them :)

Connie - You totally could. This is definitely an easy recipe.

Brandie - Thanks. I hope you have a great summer, too!

Alli - They are so good. I love the lemon with blueberry just to wake up the fruit a little bit.

Candy - What, not a blueberry fan? I'm so crushed... but that's ok. Take a look at what I made this week.

Sandra - It's funny, but I actually don't like blueberry pie. Isn't that just a little wrong? And oh yes, the Daddy Smoothie Cafe is open here, too.

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