Summer is coming to an end, which means that prices on berries are still within a reasonable range. I love this time of year because my favorite fruits are still affordable. I mean, seriously, who can consistently pay over $4.00 for a single serving of raspberries? And forget baking with them because suddenly you have $20 worth of fruit mixed into one recipe! Crazy, right? There’s just something about berries that make this simple fruit irresistible. So when I had to make a dessert for a co-worker’s going away party this week, I knew exactly what I wanted to make while I still had the chance; Mixed Berry Crumble Bars.
These sweet, fruity bars really do give you that last taste of summertime. They are light and refreshing with buttery crumble topping. Not to mention, they are super easy to make. Even my husband, who dislikes the seeds in berries, enjoyed a few of these bars.
Mixed Berry Crumble Bars can be served many ways. Trust me, I tried several of them! They can be enjoyed warm out of the oven or at room temperature. If you really want to live on the wild side, crumble a bar up over top of cookies and cream ice cream. Can you say A-MA-ZING?!?!
Oh, and what actually made it to the work party went over pretty well! I think it’s safe to say that I will be making them again, as long as the prices of berries allow it.
If you like this recipe, check out my post on Fruited Danishes.
Mixed Berry Crumble Bars
Crust and Topping
3 cups flour
1 cup cold butter, but into pieces
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 cups blackberries
1 1/2 cups strawberries
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease a 9×13 pan baking pan.
In a medium-sized bowl, stir together flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix in butter with hands until butter is well incorporated and in small pieces. The butter pieces should be about the size of peas. Stir in egg.
Press half of the dough in the bottom of the baking pan, spreading out evenly.
Cut the blackberries in half and the strawberries into quarters. Mix together with cornstarch and sugar in a medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the crust in the pan.
Sprinkle remaining dough from bowl over berries.
Bake at 375°F for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and let bars cool completely.