Recipe Review: Blueberry Crumb Bars

Recipe Review: Blueberry Crumb Bars

Joanna Miller
Jul 14, 2009

Now that blueberries are in season, we're ready to put them in just about everything. These Blueberry Crumb Bars have all the crumbly, jammy goodness of a tart or pie, with no fork required.

I first came across the Bon Appétit recipe in Elizabeth's bar cookie post. She couldn't be more right when she calls them "one-pan wonders." I took a batch to my first block party, and I'm pretty sure they helped me win over the neighbors. My only regret is that I didn't save a few for myself at home.

These bars are incredibly simple to make with three components that are really more like two. Reserve some of the cinnamon-spiced oatmeal crust mixture, add nuts, and the crumble topping is done. The crust, which is par-baked before adding the final two layers, reminded me of this strawberry mascarpone tart, and that's never a bad thing.

The filling is a mixture of fresh blueberries, blueberry preserves and a little flour and lemon peel. I'm hoping to make my own blueberry preserves this summer, but I haven't yet, so I chose a jar at the market that boasted whole wild berries and the fewest ingredients. By adding the grated lemon peel and not too much sweetness, the filling is perfectly tangy.

Related: Seasonal Recipe Spotlight: Blueberries

(Images: Joanna Miller)

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