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Mixed Berry Bars

May 14, 2015
Berry-Bar

Hey y’all! Wow it’s hump day… and that’s all she wrote. No but seriously, I’m exhausted. I don’t know what is or why but when I say exhausted, I’m not joking. I came home from work today with big plans. First I’m going to clean, then I’m going to workout, then I’ll make dinner, then I’ll do some laundry… well I made it to the couch. Thank god I had these leftover berry bars to boost my life up.

So here we go. I know this going to be short and sweet post (just like my smile… which was just cleaned by the dentist- oh yea).

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So let’s talk about ingredients really fast. As you’ve maybe come to realize, I don’t like complicated recipes. Ok sometimes if I want a challenge, maybe. But honestly when you have a recipe that has 80 different things and you’ve got a tiny kitchen, it just gets to be too much. I’m all about simplicity most days. And you can’t get more simple than this recipe for mixed berry bars. And how can you turn down baked berries? How I’m gonna ask? No actually don’t even tell me this is totally rhetorical. I’m too busy noshing on a piece as we speak to even hear whatever excuse anyone tries to make. So without further ado and before we get in a squabble over baked berries – I hope that’s never actually happened!- let’s get down to berry bar makin’ business.

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BERRY BARS

Ingredients

Crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup almond flour

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

lemon zest (1 lemon)

1 cup unsalted butter

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. almond extract

Mixed Blueberry Layer

1 cup strawberries

1 cup raspberries

2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup sugar

1 tbsp corn starch

1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

1 lemon, juice

Prep:

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9 X 13 baking pan with non-stick butter. I like to use the butter wrapper!

2. In a food processor, pulse together the two flours, sugar, thyme leaves, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Add the butter, egg and extracts. Pulse until you have a crumbly dough.

3. Press about two-thirds of the dough into the bottom of your prepared baking pan, using your hands to help create an even layer. The rest of the dough will go on top.

4. In a medium bowl, toss together all of the ingredients for the mixed berry layer. Spread the mixture evenly over the bottom crust layer. Sprinkle the remaining dough over top of the blueberry layer.

5. Transfer to your oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely before attempting to slice into bars.

And now you’ve got yourself a mixed berry delight in a bar. Best spring treat for such low fuss.

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