Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Blueberry Lemon Streusel Bars

   Do you love blueberries? Do you love lemon? Do you love bars? If so, you'll love these things. Heck, even if you don't particularly like blueberries/lemon/bars you'll still probably like these. They are THAT good. I can take zero credit for this recipe, it comes from the lovely Erica at  Fashion Meets Food, and you can find the original recipe here. 

    Trader Joe's had a huge carton of blueberries that looked too good to pass up- and when I got home with them I instantly started searching for recipes to use them in. I had every single other ingredient already at home so I started baking right away!
For Erica's recipe you'll need:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (NOT instant oats!)
1 1/3 cups packed light brown sugar (plus a little extra for sprinkling on top)
1 tsp. baking powder 
1 tsp. salt
1 large egg, separated
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
zest of one lemon
 2 1/2 cups room-temperature blueberries
9 x 13 baking dish coated with either shortening or non-stick spray

Step 1: Coat your baking dish with shortening and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
Step 2:  Mix together your flour, oats, salt, baking powder, and sugar:
 Step 3: Cut your butter into small cubes and mix it in with your mixture- make sure it's mixed up well!
 Step 4: Set 2 cups of the mixture aside to be used as a topping and then add your egg white to the remaining mixture. Once mixed press down firmly into the baking dish and bake for 10-12 minutes.
 Step 5: While that bakes, mix the lemon juice, lemon zest, egg yolk and condensed milk in a bowl and let stiffen (takes about 5 minutes)
 Step 6: Sprinkle blueberries over the crust as soon as you pull it out of the oven
 Step 7: Evenly distribute lemony layer on top of the blueberries and gently even out with a spatula
 Step 8: Bake in oven for 8 minutes

 Step 9: Evenly distribute the 2 cups of oat mixture you had set aside previously, pinching it between your fingers to give it a chunky texture.
 Step 10: Bake for 25-30 minutes or until it's golden brown and you can see the blueberries bubbling. As soon as it comes out sprinkle it with a little extra brown sugar!
 Erica advised to let them cool fully  before cutting but there was no way I was going to stop Michael from cutting at least one bar out instantly!
 The finished product :

 They were ridiculously delicious- especially when warm and ooey gooey. I fully understand why Erica said to be patient and let them cool- those blueberries explode and feel like molten lava on your tongue.

Totally worth it.

I highly recommend these bars-super comforting and a great mix of sweet and tart!


  1. Oh. My. Gosh. THESE look SO good!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need to make them. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. They are so good- I promise! Hope you do try them out!

  2. Soooo delicious. I've made this recipe last night and it was gone in 10 minutes.


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