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Blackberry Pie Bars

Blackberry Pie Bars
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Serves: 12 servings
 
These pie bars allow you to forego the frustrating "pie steps" of rolling and shaping the crust but offer the same yummy pie taste!

Photo Credit: The Novice Chef

Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1" slices
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups fresh blackberries
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9×13" pan.
  2. In a food processor, blend together flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and lemon zest. Add the butter, egg and vanilla extract. Pulse until dough is crumbly.
  3. 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 ½ 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 until top is slightly brown (approx. 45 minutes - 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.

 

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