Sunday, May 30, 2010

Blackberry breakfast bars

The recipe may have said "breakfast," but the entire batch of bars disappeared within an hour one Saturday morning. Am I ever so glad we froze extra blackberries when these were in season!

Blackberry breakfast bars
(from www.oregon-berries.com)

2 cups fresh blackberries
1 cup quick cooking rolled oat
2 tbsp. sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp. water
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup margarine/butter melted
1 cup all purpose flour

For filling, in a medium saucepan combine berries, sugar, water, lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncover, for about 8 minutes or till slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and baking soda. Stir in melted margarine or butter till thoroughly combined. Set aside 1 cup of oat mixture for topping. Press remaining oat mixture into an ungreased 9x9x2-inch pan.

Bake in a 350° oven for 20-25 minutes. Carefully spread filling on top of baked crust. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture. Lightly press oat mixture into filling. Bake in the 350° oven for 20-25 minutes more or until topping is set. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 18.

3 comments:

Rebecca The Greeniac said...

OMG that sounds incredible! I'll have to try it or something similar with whatever fruit I can find in season!

Robbie said...

Definitely go with the blackberries if you can find it. And even if you get tempted, don't double the berries, it will wind up in a mushy mess!

Rebecca The Greeniac said...

Ha! You must have been a fly on the wall in my junior high home economics class. We made apple and cherry turnovers, and the recipe called for one measly little tablespoon of filling per turnover. "This can't be right" I thought to myself, and promptly tripled the amount. You can imagine the results.

Luckily we had the very nice student teacher at that point (instead of the really mean regular teacher). She just laughed it off and even cleaned up the horrible mess of filling hopelessly welded to the cookie sheet! The real teacher would have given me an F for sure!