Blueberry Crumb Bars

A trio of sweets from The Secret Garden tea

Oatmeal in the crust gives these Blueberry Crumb Bars extra chewiness.

Blueberry Crumb Bars
Yield: 12 bars • Preparation: 35 minutes • Cook: approximately 10 minutes • Bake: 45 minutes • Cool: 1 hour
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ cups quick-cooking oats
  2. ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  3. ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. ¾ cup cold salted butter, cut into pieces
  5. ½ cup sugar
  6. 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  7. ¼ teaspoon salt
  8. 4 cups fresh blueberries
  9. ½ cup orange juice
  10. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  11. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Line an 8-inch square pan with heavy-duty foil, letting foil hang over sides of pan to create handles. Line foil with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon, whisking well. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into oats mixture until incorporated. Continue to work mixture with hands, rubbing butter into oats mixture until very moist and crumbly. Reserve 1 cup crumb mixture for topping.
  4. Press remaining crumb mixture into bottom of prepared pan, smoothing to create a level surface. Set aside.
  5. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt, whisking to blend. Add blueberries, orange juice, and lemon juice, stirring to blend. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Reduce heat to low, and cook 3 to 4 minutes more, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, and add vanilla extract. Let cool completely.
  6. Spread cooled blueberry mixture over prepared crust. Sprinkle evenly with reserved crumb mixture.
  7. Bake until filling is set and topping is golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely.
  8. Using foil handles, lift from pan, and place on a cutting surface. Cut into bars, trimming and discarding edges.
  9. Store in a covered container at room temperature.
Notes
  1. • Blueberry Crumb Bars can be made a week in advance and frozen whole in an airtight container. Cut into bars while frozen. Let thaw before serving.
  2. • Bars are easier to cut when refrigerated until very cold, approximately 4 hours.
TeaTime Magazine https://www.teatimemagazine.com/
From TeaTime, July/August 2015

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