Happy Spring Everyone!! It’s Gina from Kleinworth & Co. again. Do you love spring?? I am so excited for the warmth to come back. I really enjoy this time of year when the days are longer, the sun shines more & there’s more fresh fruit available. I just feel better when I have an abundance of fresh fruit & vegetables stocked in the house. I know that I always have a healthy snack available whenever I want it. Plus – I love baking with fruit, especially berries. They are like little gems with those gorgeous, vibrant colors – they just make me happy.
I was so happy to do my usual stock up run for produce & my house is overflowing with colorful foods. I was looking forward to using some in some test recipes. Since we are on the countdown to Easter I am already planning my celebration meal. This means that I am making many test recipes to figure out what exactly will end up on the final menu. I created these Blackberry Crumb Bars as a little snack that guests can grab while chatting or would also work well topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I think they may just make an appearance on Easter day. They have just the right ratio of crumb & berry – so yummy. I’m telling you – my kids liked having these with breakfast over the weekend. They make a great coffee time treat too.
Blackberry Crumb Bars (she: Gina)
- 3/4 cup + 1-1/2 tbsp granulated sugar divided
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 cups blackberries
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 large egg yolk
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter - cut into cubes
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Line 8x8 baking dish with parchment & spritz lightly with cooking spray
In small bowl- combine 1/4 cup sugar & cornstarch - stir in lime juice
Add blackberries - toss to coat - set aside
In larger bowl- combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder & salt.
Add egg yolk, vanilla & butter cubes
Using a pastry tool- work the mixture together until it resembles coarse crumbs
Spread 2/3 of the mixture into prepared pan - pressing down to even out & flatten
Top with blackberry mixture - spreading them into an even layer
Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over top & then sprinkle with remaining sugar
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick test is clean
Let cool completely before cutting & serving- unless you are serving with ice cream, which is better with a warm bar. Cool about 15 minutes in pan before cutting when serving with ice cream.
Don’t you want to just grab one? You will be so happy you did.
Want more blackberry recipes??
Thank you for visiting with me today.
Hugs – Gina