lovely blueberry crumb bars

i have two favorite ways to eat blueberries – 1) fresh, straight up and 2) in muffin form. now, i guess i have to add a number 3 to that because these blueberry crumb bars are perfect for a summer dessert, a little chewy and slightly tart from the berry and lemon combo – these will brighten up any backyard bbq.

BLUEBERRY CRUMB BARS (recipe from smitten kitchen)
*i live in a 2 person + dog household so i halved this recipe to make it more manageable for eating and storing*

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter (1 stick)
1 egg
1/8 teaspoon salt
Zest and juice of half a lemon
2 cups blueberries
1/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch

preheat the oven to 375 and grease an 8″ x 8″ pan – i used non-stick spray

in a bowl, stir together 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cups flour, and the 1/2 teaspoon baking powder. add in salt and lemon zest. use a fork and cut/blend in the butter and egg. dough will be really piece-y and crumbly. pat half of dough into the pan.

in a new bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. add blueberries and mix until berries are evenly coated with the sugar mixture. spread berry mixture evenly over the dough in the pan and sprinkle the remaining dough crumbs over the top.

bake for 45 – 55 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. cool completely before cutting – you can even chill it in the fridge first before cutting. these bars taste great cold!


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