Blueberry Streusel Bars

Blueberry Streusel Bars is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 3.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10 to 12

When blueberry season is in full swing, we like to showcase them in as many desserts as possible, like these irrestible bars with a buttery shortbread crust and crunchy streusel topping. These sweet treats will be a hit at barbecues, potlucks and other summer gatherings.

Ingredients:

For the shortbread crust:

  • 14 Tbs. (1 3/4 sticks) (7 oz./220 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing
  • 1 3/4 cups (9 oz./280 g) plus 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz./60 g) plus 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz./60 g) plus 1 Tbs. firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


For the filling:

  • 4 cups (1 lb./500 g) fresh blueberries
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz./185 g) granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt


For the streusel:

  • 1/2 cup (2 1/2 oz./75 g) plus 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz./105 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 Tbs. chopped raw almonds

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter a 9-by-13-inch (23-by-33-cm) baking dish.

To make the shortbread crust, in the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt and vanilla and beat on medium speed until the mixture is crumbly, about 30 seconds.

Transfer the dough to the prepared baking dish and using damp hands, gently press in an even layer into the bottom of the pan. Using a fork, prick the dough in several places. Bake until the crust is light golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer the dish to a wire rack and let cool completely. Increase the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C).

To make the filling, in a large bowl, combine the blueberries, lemon zest, lemon juice and almond extract and toss to coat. In a small bowl, stir together the granulated sugar, cornstarch and salt. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the berries and toss to distribute evenly. Transfer to the cooled crust and spread in an even layer.

To make the streusel, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar and salt. Add the melted butter and almond extract and stir until the mixture is crumbly, with some large chunks remaining. Stir in the almonds. Sprinkle the streusel over the blueberries. Bake until the filling is thick and bubbling and the streusel is golden brown, about 25 minutes.

Transfer the baking dish to a wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into squares and serve. Serves 10 to 12.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious!! I have made these bars twice now. They are so good!
Date published: 2019-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious I found this recipe very easy. I followed the directions as is and the shortbread was perfect, the blueberries were just right and of course the streusel was sooo good. I made it for some friends and it was gone within 15 minutes. All enjoyed.
Date published: 2019-05-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What??? I may be missing something here but do not understand how this recipe was written by the W-S Test Kitchen. For example... the flour in the crust is written as “1 3/4 cups (9 oz./ 280 g) plus 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour”. I go by the gram measurement. Do I use the 280 grams and then add 2 Tbs. more flour or was the 2 Tbs. included in the 280 grams???? No way to figure it out from other flour measurements as they seem to be inconsistent. Sugar measurements written the same way and the standard weight used for sugar varies. VERY frustrating. It was very sugar-y. I like sweetness but this needed whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Crust was thinner than in the picture and so hard to cut. I won’t make this again.
Date published: 2019-05-28
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