My co-worker John's birthday is on Wednesday. He always bakes for everyone's birthday and I thought it only fair that someone bake for him. His request for his birthday: Blueberry Crumble Bars. I searched the Internet for a good recipe and I think I found it. It was originally published in The Good Cookie, but reviews showed that the crust wasn't enough to cover the pan, so I added to the recipe. They smelled so good baking, a hint of cinnamon with the brown sugar. And as I watched the blueberry center bubbling through I couldn't wait to try them. They are delicious!!
Blueberry Crumble Bars
Makes 28 Bars
For the Crust:
1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
For the Filling:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 1/2 cups blueberries (about 1 1/2 pints)
For the Crumble Topping:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. (3/4 stick) butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly spray a 13- x 9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
For the crust, combine flour and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat the softened butter and light brown sugar on medium speed until combined. On low speed, beat in the flour mixture. Press the crust mixture evenly onto the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
For the filling, combine the granulated sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add the blueberries, stirring to coat. Spoon the filling mixture over the crust.
For the crumble topping, combine the all-purpose flour, dark brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt and melted butter. Mix well. Crumble the topping and sprinkle over the blueberry filling. Bake until crumble topping is brown and the blueberry filling is bubbly, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Cut into 28 bars.
(Each bar is 5 pt pls.)