Thanks to my ongoing craving for blueberry desserts, SGCC was my choice this week to steal my weekly Sweet Treat recipe from. These Bluberry Almond Crumble Bars hit the spot. When I started the Sweet Treat concept, I didn't want to repeat recipe elements or recipe type (unless the recipe element is chocolate of course), and I did something with blueberries two weeks ago, but I couldn't resist this recipe.This recipe was very simple to put together. I just whizzed the crust ingredients in the food processor and mixed up the berry filling. I made one accidental adjustment to the recipe. The crust requires a cup of sugar, and the filling requires a half cup of sugar. I accidentally put a cup of sugar in the filling. I was afraid the bars would be waaaaaay too sweet. When I poured them into the pan, I tried to leave off a bunch of the sugary liquid. It seemed to work, as the berries were just right. When I made the peach-blueberry galette two weeks ago I had some unfortunately tart berries that needed more sugar. I was terribly afraid I was about to go in the complete opposite direction.
I'm very pleased with how these came together. The crust was perfect and the filling solidified nicely. The almonds, orange, and ginger added a wonderful depth of flavor that was just a little unexpected. This recipe is a definite winner.
Fresh out of the overn. Too bad there is no way to smell these through the computer screen
As I indulged in my first piece last night, Sir Pickypants asked me, "Am I allowed to have any of that?" I reminded him, "You don't like blueberries." Man, I love torturing him like that! He had a piece, and enjoyed it quite a bit.
At work one of my friends hoarded a piece to take home for her dessert tonight as the rest of it was disappearing quickly. From the other side of my cube wall I heard, "That's delicious, Rachel." (This is the guy who said the most advantageous thing about sitting betwween me and the kitchen is he's always the first to know when I bake and the first person to get to taste it.) It was gone by 10:45 and not only were all of the bars taken, but it seems they scraped the pan clean of all crumbs. Cool. Mission accomplished.