I have a friend who works for a local produce company. I’ll call her KT. She supplied us with about 12 baskets of beautiful blueberries a few weeks ago. So what to do with all these berries? I froze some and then spent a few
Don’t believe me . . . here’s the recipe . . . try it . . . I dare you . . . but don’t call me when the Oompa Loompas arrive.
Blueberry Brown Butter Bars
1 cup plus 5 Tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg yolks
3 cups plus 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons cornmeal
12 oz (about 2 cups) fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
dash of cinnamon
To make the crust
Line a 13×9-inch pan using the foil sling method, leaving an overhang on opposing sides so you can lift the bars out after baking. Spray the pan and foil with nonstick cooking spray.
Add the butter to a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat. Melt the butter, swirling the pan frequently. Once the butter has melted, it will start to bubble and foam. Continue to cook (continuing to swirl the pan) until the butter turns brown and smells nutty – be patient and watch carefully, it can go from brown to burned quickly. Turn off the heat under the pan, and let the butter cool until lukewarm.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, 3/4 cup of the sugar, and the salt. Beat in the egg yolks. Use a rubber spatula to stir in the flour until completely incorporated. The dough will be thick and stiff. Transfer about 2 cups to the prepared pan and press into an even layer in the bottom of the pan. Prick the dough all over with a fork, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or until firm.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325 F.
Bake the crust for about 20 minutes, or until it begins to set, but has not yet started to brown around the edges.
While the crust bakes, make the streusel by combining the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and cornmeal with the reserved dough. Use your fingers to mix until crumbly.
To make the blueberry filling
Combine the blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-high, and continue boiling until the mixture is thick and syrupy, about 5-8 minutes. Turn off the heat, and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
Spread the blueberry mixture in an even layer over the hot crust. Sprinkle the streusel over the top. Increase the oven temperature to 350 F, and bake on a rack placed in the top of the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the streusel is golden.
Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool for at least 1 hour (you can also cool in the fridge if you want to speed up the process). Once cool, use the foil handles to lift the bars out. Place on a cutting board, and cut into squares before serving. Store for up to a week in an airtight container at room temperature.
Source: recipe adapted from Tide and Thyme.