Blueberry Pie Bars

Blueberries are the best! Full of anti-oxidants and fibre. The vitamin C in blueberries makes them a superfood and perfect for kids and adults alike. Nutritionists recommend them for high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.

So this is a perfect dessert that combines these amazing berries.  


Preparation time 30 minutes 

Cook time 1 hour 15 minutes 

Cool time 2-3 hours 

Yields 24 thin bars, 12 thick bars (9×13 inch pan)


Ingredients 


Blueberry filling


5 cups blueberries- divided

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons corn flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon lemon zest

(Or……. Like I did in the video, I used a tin of blueberry pie filling as I hadn’t much time and this can had been sitting around waiting to be used )


Crumb base and topping


3 1/4 cups/ 405 grams all purpose flour

3/4 cups/ 150 grams sugar

1/4 cup /50 grams brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon corn flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup/ 227 grams cold butter- in cubes

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla



Instructions


  • Preheat oven to 175c/ 350F. Line a 9x13 inch baking tray with parchment paper.

  • In a small saucepan, combine 3 cups of blueberries, sugar, cornflour, salt and lemon juice. Stir on a low heat.

  • Bring it to a boil. Stir continuously for one minute then remove it from the heat.

  • Add the remaining 2 cups blueberries, butter and vanilla. Stir until the butter is melted. Cool the mixture.

  • Prepare the crust: Combine the flour, sugars, baking powder, corn flour and salt in a food processor. Pulse a couple times. Add the cold butter and pulse until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Add the egg and vanilla. Pulse until the mixture resembles wet sand.


  • Pour half of the crust mixture into the prepared baking tray and press down into a crust form.

  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and pour the blueberry filling over the crust.

  • Sprinkle the rest of the crust mixture over the blueberry filling. Do not pack it down.



  • Bake in the oven for another 50 minutes until golden brown.

  • Cool 2-3 hours before slicing and serving. As tempting as it is, if you cut it up before cooling, the bars will break apart.


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