The Cook's Tour: Recipe Flash: Blueberry Treat Bars

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Recipe Flash: Blueberry Treat Bars

Packed with fresh blueberries and berry preserves, these little bars are a delicious treat! Toasted walnuts, oats, brown sugar, and magical cardamom,  make up the crust and topping. An absolute end-of-summer delight!  


This recipe is from Malika Ameen, who was on “Top Chef: Just Desserts." The original title was "Blueberry Oat Bars," but that sounded too healthy so I swapped in "treat" because that's exactly what these are!  Enjoy!



Ingredients
1 stick butter and 3 tablespoons
Walnuts 1 1/4 cup
All purpose flour 1 3/4 cup and 2 tablespoons
Old fashioned rolled oats 1 1/2 cups
Granulated sugar 1/2 cup
Packed Dark brown sugar 1/2 cup
Kosher salt 11/4 teaspoons
Baking soda 1/2 teaspoon
Ground cardamom 3/4 teaspoon
Berry preserves 1 heaping cup

Blueberries 1 1/2 cups
Cornstarch 3/4 teaspoon
Sugar 2 tablespoons
Lemon zest, chopped 1/2 teaspoon
Lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon
Kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon



Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 baking tray and line with parchment paper, 
leaving an overhang on two sides.

2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and set aside to cool.
3. Spread the walnuts on another baking sheet and toast until lightly golden and fragrant, 
about 5-6 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Roughly chop into medium sized chunks.

4. In a medium bowl combine blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, zest, and lemon juice.
5. In a large bowl combine nuts flour, oats sugars, salt, baking soda, and cardamom. Add in 
melted butter and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.

6. Spread 3 cups of flour mixture in the pan and gently press down to form a packed layer. 
Spread preserves over the crumb mixture. Now add the blueberry mixture and spread evenly. 
Evenly sprinkle the remaining dough over the blueberries.

7. Bake for approximately 1 hour until top is golden brown. Cool and cut into squares.

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2 comments:

  1. The Blueberry Treat Bars are Delicious!!! The dessert chef of The Cooks Tour is the best. Jeaner

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  2. Thank you, Anonymous, for reading The Cook's Tour!

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