Blackberries in Season / Eureka & Washington IL

blackberry-pie-bars-cornerstone-family-restaurantIt’s just about that time of the year in Washington and Eureka, IL areas when you walk out to your berry patch and see your blackberries starting to plump up and ripen. It’s such a fun time as there are so many things that you can do with your freshly picked berries. Of course eating them right after a cold water rinse can’t be beaten, but just in case your looking for something else to use them for, here is an amazing recipe for Blackberry Pie Bars. Oh my land, are they absolutely amazing! Give them a try and of course stop on into the restaurant for some fantastic home style cooking and deserts.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Zest and juice of one lemon, divided
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch slices
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups fresh blackberries
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, cinnamon salt and lemon zest. Add the butter, egg and vanilla extra.
  3. Pulsing until dough is crumbly. Pat half of dough into the bottom of the prepared pan, saving the remaining dough for the topping.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Gently mix in the blackberries. Sprinkle the blackberry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown (you are only looking for the top to slightly brown, if you cook for too long – the bottom will burn).
  6. Cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe from The Novice Chef