blackberry pie bars

Am I the only one who has pints of berries begging for attention in their fridge?

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Each time I head into the grocery store, there they are, right at the front of the produce section, begging to be taken home like a cute little puppy. Almost…except, I’m allergic to dogs so I’d never actually bring home a puppy.

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I have the best of intentions for these berries, I do. But it’s like a checkout-activated sensor goes off and they begin spoiling the second they’re put into the shopping bag. And I soooo don’t want to be one of those people who open the container to inspect the quality of each berry. I’m so afraid of being called out by another shopper. So I stay cool and do a quick check, peaking through the underside of the package and then pluck out any already spoiled berries the second I get home. PS…I’m also allergic to cats.

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Fortunately, these blackberry pie bars were the answer to my prayers. A perfect way to use up all those beautiful, rapidly ripening berries – 4 cups to be exact! What’s great is that these bars came together so quickly – EASIER than pie! Because I have another confession…

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I don’t love traditional fruit pies. Gimme lemon meringue, banana cream, pumpkin, chocolate silk, or pecan pie – I’m a fan of any of those but somehow the gloopiness of an apple or other fruit pie just doesn’t do it for me.

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What made these blackberry pie bars great was no gloopiness! The densely packed bottom held up great to the mountain of blackberries and the crumbly top soaked up all those berry juices. I was all over this crumbly topping. When sprinkled, the topping tucks itself into every nook and cranny, giving a cake-like texture to the center while maintaining a satisfying golden crust on top.

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These blackberry pie bars are enjoyed best once cooled and even more so the next day…for breakfast, while standing over the kitchen sink to catch any crumbs…so I’ve heard…

enjoy | liz | xo

blackberry pie bars
Yields 16
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  3. 1 cup plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  4. 1 tsp baking powder
  5. 1 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp salt
  7. Zest of one lemon
  8. Juice of one lemon
  9. 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  10. 1 large egg
  11. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  12. 4 cups fresh blackberries
  13. 4 tsp cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. Using a food processor, pulse together the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and lemon zest. Add in the butter, egg and vanilla extract. Pulse until the dough is crumbly and about the size of peas.
  3. Remove half the dough and spread it into the bottom of the prepared pan. Save the remaining dough for the topping.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Gently add in the blackberries and gently toss. Sprinkle the blackberry mixture evenly over the prepared crust. Sprinkle the remaining dough evenly over the layer of blackberries.
  5. Bake for approx. 45 minutes, or until top is golden.
  6. Cool completely. Cut into squares for serving.
Adapted from The Novice Chef
Adapted from The Novice Chef
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4 thoughts on “blackberry pie bars

  1. Sammie says:

    I want to eat two of these in a big bowl, warm, with lashings of custard and a scoop of vanilla ice cream – there I’ve said it! Deep breath. I soo love blackberries, actually here in ole Blighty it’s more traditional to pick them from the hedgerows – scratches and nettle stings being all part of the fun;) it is so worth it though as they keep a bit longer than shop bought ones. Delisimo!! Love this recipe, you’ve done it again Liz, fab post with a great recipe. Sammie x http://www.feastingisfun.com

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