Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Blackberry Pie Bars

I think one of my favorite things about Summer are the berries. I love walking in the grocery story and seeing heaps of Summer berries, such as Blackberries and Strawberries. The other day at my local grocery story they had Blackberries on sale for 88 cents a carton and my head almost exploded. I bought a ton, but had no idea what I was going to use them for. Well I came across a post from Brown-Eye Baker and instantly knew what my next project was going to be.

This was an amazing recipe and a crowd pleaser. The recipe was very easy to make and my only oversight happened when I realized too late the pan I was using was WAY too small, so some of my filling spilled over and I had a HUGE mess. In the end things turned out perfect and I was left with a great Summer treat.

I would highly recommend eating this with some Homemade Whipped Cream or Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Blackberry Pie Bars

Yield: 18 bars

For the Crust and Topping:
Zest of 2 lemons
1½ cups granulated sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled

For the Blackberry Filling:
4 large eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup sour cream
¾ cup all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
6 cups fresh blackberries

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with butter; set aside.

2. In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar and the lemon zest. Using your fingers, rub the zest into the sugar until all of the sugar has been moistened. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the lemon sugar, all-purpose flour and salt. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter and continue to pulse until the pieces of butter are no larger than the size of peas, about 10 to 12 pulses.

3. Measure out 1½ cups of the crumb mixture to use for the topping and put it in the refrigerator until needed. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the pan. Bake the crust until golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes while you prepare the filling.

4. To make the filling, whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Whisk in the sugar, sour cream, flour and salt until thoroughly combined. Gently fold in the blackberries. Spoon the mixture evenly over the crust and make sure all of the blackberries are in one layer and not sitting on top of one another.

5. Sprinkle the reserved crust mixture evenly over the filling. Bake until the top is lightly browned, about 45 to 55 minutes. Let cool for at least 1 hour before cutting.

(Adapted from
Joy the Baker)

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