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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Mixed Berry Patch Crumb Bars

You guys.

The husband and I joined the rest of the world last week and got smartphones.  But only by necessity.  His phone literally would not close, nor charge.  Kind of a problem.  And since we're on the same plan, we'll I got a new one too.  I'm still trying to figure it all out.

But hey - you can now follow me on Instagram!  Find me at sweetsavoryeats.  You follow me, I'll follow you.  Mmm-k?

On Saturday the Little Man and I headed out on a date - to the strawberry patch to pick those juicy buggers and later for lunch.  He was in love.  Does anyone else notice a difference in their child's behavior when they are just one-on-one with you?  I sure do.

He had so much fun.  I'm pretty sure we got a steal on those strawberries as every time I looked back he was eating one, claiming "It was squished, so I have to eat it Mom".  Yeah, uh-huh.  I also kept hearing "these strawberries are delicious".  My cup runneth over.

The whole reason I'm talking about these berries, is because of this dessert.  I used mixed berries {blueberries, raspberries and strawberries}in this, but you could use just all strawberries.  Whatever tickles your fancy.

Mixed Berry Patch Crumb Bars
1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar, plus 1 T. for filling
1/2 t. baking powder
1/8 t. salt
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/2 c. shortening
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 t. almond extract
1/2 T. cornstarch
2 c. fresh or frozen berries

In a large bowl, combine flour, 3/4 c. sugar, baking powder, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Cut in shortening until mixture resembles crumbs.  Stir in eggs and extract.  Press two-thirds of this into an 8x8 greased baking dish.

In another bowl combine fruit, cornstarch and 1 T. sugar and gently toss.  Spoon this over the crust.  Sprinkle with the remaining crumb mixture.  Bake at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until bubbly and golden.  Cool on a wire rack, then cut into bars.  Store in the fridge.


I'm taking the kids to meet their grandparents tomorrow and they'll be staying with them for a few days.  We have limited daycare this week due to vacations, and I have a work event, so it will help us to have them enjoying life with them.

Although we will miss them like crazy.

But with that extra time I do plan on being productive - not only around the house, but with this blog.  I need to find a graphic designer to help with some design work {suggestions anyone?}, work on a media kit {which I've never tackled} and the most important thing - get busy in the kitchen!

Would you like to comment?

  1. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)June 10, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    I can't wait to get busy in the kitchen this summer ... I will have a lot of time on my hands, and I hope to create a lot of yummmmy recipes!

  2. Steph@Been There Baked ThatJune 10, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    I love taking the girls one-on-one, it's true, they really are angels when they get to be by themselves :) Is Pam still doing any design work on the side?

  3. Yeah for smart phones!! I fee like I can't live without mine now.

  4. I LOVE crumb bars, I live for them. This recipe looks perfect. :)

  5. Hooray for smartphones! I love my iPhone - I have the 4 and it was only .99 cents because its two generations "old" but its perfect for me. Love Instagram!!

    Have fun without the kids :D

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