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Blackberry Crumb Bars

January 22, 2011

One of my favorite things about living in California is having fresh produce in season year round! I found these luscious Blackberries at Trader Joe’s the other day, and was so inspired to bake with them. I looked for a recipe and found one for Blueberry Crumb Bars on Smitten Kitchen, one of my favorite food blogs. I decided to try it with my Blackberries instead and they turned out delicious and quite beautiful…if I do say so myself!

Here are my berries and my bars ready for their close up…

Blackberry Crumb Bars Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

The original recipe calls for blueberries but any berry should work. They are delicious both warm or at room-temperature and store well in the refrigerator. (Cutting when chilled is best!)

1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cold unsalted butter (2 sticks or 8 ounces)
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
Zest and juice of one lemon
4 cups fresh blackberries
1/2 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, and baking powder. Mix in salt and lemon zest. 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.

3. In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Gently mix in the blackberries. Sprinkle the blackberry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2011 6:23 pm

    This looks like the most delicious thing EVER!

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    January 23, 2011 9:55 am

    milk dunk?

  3. January 27, 2011 12:25 pm

    looks yummy! definitely have to try them

  4. February 3, 2011 8:45 pm

    just made these…wow. LOVE THEM!

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