Blueberry Nectarine Crumble Bars



I was thinking about summer vacations and somehow peaches, blueberries, and nectarines came to mind.  Probably because they're abundant right now.  I've been itching to bake something with fruit and tried this recipe that makes use of blueberries.  But I tossed in a couple of nectarines, too.

 

It's a snap to make with a food processor.  You can also make it entirely by hand, which is always great for beach and mountain rentals when you don't have all the comforts of home in the kitchen.  If you make it by hand, just mix the ingredients and use two knives to cut in the butter until it's all crumbly.






1/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

4 cups fruit (I used 3 cups of blueberries and 2 nectarines)

squeeze of lemon (1/2 teaspoon)


1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups flour

2 sticks (1 cup) butter (plus extra for pan)


Optional

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 lemon


Preheat oven to 350.  Butter 9x13 baking pan.


Mix the sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl.

Wash blueberries.  Peel and dice nectarines.  Place fruit in large bowl and mix with sugar and cornstarch. Add squeeze of lemon and turn gently until coated.


Place sugar, baking powder, salt, and flour in food processor and pulse to combine.  Add vanilla and egg and pulse.  Cut butter into 1 tablespoon chunks, add to food processor and pulse until crumbly and holds together when pressed.


Press 1/2 of the dough in the bottom of the prepared pan.  Pour the fruit over it and spread evenly.  Crumble the remaining dough over the top.  Bake 45 minutes or until the top is a golden brown.


Cool on a rack.


When cool, squeeze lemon juice over powdered sugar and stir with a fork or mini-whisk.  Add lemon juice slowly, mixing until it reaches a drizzling consistency.  Drizzle over cooled bars.  Cut and serve.