Thursday, August 29, 2013

Summer Berry Cobbler Bars

Homemade gifts are the best, especially when they're made to thank someone for going above and beyond. These Summer Berry Cobbler Bars were a last minute thank you gift baked for someone special (you know who you are).
They're delicious and so easy to make, you just might want to bake this sweet treat for someone sweet yourself!

Summer Berry Cobbler Bars
Makes 12-16 bars
2 1/4 cups flour
1 cup golden brown sugar, divided (light brown sugar is ok)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup cold unsalted butter cut into tablespoons
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups fresh berries (I used a combination of sliced strawberries, blueberries and blackberries)
1 tablespoon flour
zest and juice from one small lemon
Preheat oven to 400f
Line an 8x8 square baking pan with nonstick foil or spray regular foil with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1/2 cup of the brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Make sure there are no lumps of brown sugar.
Add the cubed, cold butter and combine with a pastry cutter until crumbly.
Add the eggs and stir to combine to form a "scraggy" looking dough. It doesn't have to be completely cohesive but there should be no dry flour in the bowl.
Press slightly more than half of the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake at 400 for 5 minutes. Reserve the remaining dough for the topping.
While the crust is baking, place the berries, flour, brown sugar, lemon zest and juice in a small bowl. Use a rubber spatula to combine.

Remove the crust from the oven (after 5 minutes of baking) and evenly spoon the berry mixture over the baked crust.

Crumble the remaining dough over the fruit mixture and reduce oven temperature to 375. Bake at 375 for approx. 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

Remove from oven and allow to cool 15-20 minutes before slicing.
Enjoy warm with ice cream or fresh whipped cream or serve at room temperature sprinkled with some powdered sugar.

  Or package nicely and give as a thank you gift....
Just be sure to save some for yourself!
Store leftover bars in an air-tight container at room temperature for 1 day or refrigerated for up to 2 days.

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