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PEI Blueberry Crumb Bars

Makes: 30-36 squares

Bake time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

Bottom Layer

1 cup White sugar
1 tsp Baking powder
3 cups All-purpose flour
Zest of one orange
¼ tsp Salt
1 cup Cold unsalted butter (2 sticks or 8  unces)
1 Egg

 

Top Layer

Juice of one orange
4 cups Fresh PEI blueberries
½ cup White sugar
4 tsp Cornstarch

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
To create the bottom layer; in a medium bowl, stir together the 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, and baking powder. Mix in salt and orange zest. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and egg. Dough will be crumbly. Cover the bottom of the prepared pan with half of the dough.

For the top layer, in another bowl, stir together the ½ cup of sugar, cornstarch and orange juice. Gently mix in the blueberries. Sprinkle the blueberry mixture evenly over the bottom layer. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

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