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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Blueberries, little blue orbs of happiness

Aside from all the media hype about the health benefits of blueberries, they really are wondrous.  Slightly tart, slightly sweet, a dusty looking deep purple, popping on the tongue in a rush of juice, there's not much bad about blueberries.

Add in butter, cinnamon and a little bit of oatmeal...Well.  Now you've really got something!

Blueberry Crumble Bars
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

  • 3 1/2 cups fresh blueberries 
  • 1 1/4 cup blueberry preserves (10 to 11 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime peel

For crust:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter bottom of 13x9x2-inch metal baking pan. Whisk flour, oats, sugar, salt, and cinnamon in large bowl. Add 1 cup butter; rub in with fingertips until mixture sticks together in small clumps.
Transfer 2 cups to medium bowl; mix in almonds and reserve for topping.
Press remaining crumb mixture evenly onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake crust until golden and just firm to touch, about 22 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.
For filling:
Mix all ingredients in medium bowl. Spread evenly over crust in pan, then sprinkle reserved topping over.
Bake bars until filling bubbles thickly at edges and topping is golden brown, about 40 minutes; cool in pan on rack. Cut into bars.

Awesomely yummy.  The original recipe used less berries, and lemon peel instead of the lime.  

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