Home again

Sunday, August 21, 2011
It's great to be blogging again!  After a two-week holiday with limited Internet acess, I'm back. Today's entry is a short one, as I'm jet-lagged beyond belief, but I promise to write about our trip at a later date.  To pique your interest, I'll tell you that we saw Roger Moore (yes! my favourite James Bond!), stumbled across the Copenhagen Pride parade, and ate pickled seaweed.  And that was all just yesterday!

Sunday is normally the day I share a recipe, so I'll pass along this one that I made earlier this summer.  I baked it once with frozen cherries and once with fresh blueberries.  They were both fantastic, although I might give a slight edge to the sour cherry version.  I freeze cherries in the summer so I can enjoy wonderful recipes like this all winter long.  Not that winter is coming any time soon, right?


Cherry Crumb Bars (or Blueberry Crumb Bars)
(adapted from smitten kitten)

1 cup white sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
zest of one orange (note: if using blueberries, substitute lemon rind)
1 cup (two sticks) butter, room temperature
1 egg
4 cups frozen cherries, thawed and drained (fresh or frozen blueberries can be used instead)
½ cup white sugar
4 tsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp juice freshly squeezed from an orange (if using blueberries, substitute fresh lemon juice)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.

In a medium bowl, beat the butter, then add the egg and beat until well blended.  Stir in 1 cup sugar, both flours and baking powder.  Mix in salt and orange zest. Pat two-thirds of the dough into the prepared pan.

In another bowl, stir together 1/2 cup white sugar, cornstarch and orange juice.  Gently mix in the cherries.  Sprinkle the cherry mixture evenly over the base.  Crumble remaining dough over the cherry layer.

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

40 comments:

kathy said...

Great recipe, and how fun to see your favorite Bond eating seaweed nonetheless, did that bring out your inner Bond girl?

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Cate Manning said...

Hey, Beth - so glad you're back! It sounds like you had another wonderful adventure, and we look forward to the stories and pics. When I was reading your blog about Roger Moore my eyes blurred a bit and I thought you said he was stumbling across the Copenhagen Pride parade eating seaweed...what a picture that was in my mind! :) Momentary lapse of reason...

Looking forward to seeing you soon, my friend! Big hugs to all, and I'll be in touch with Rachel soon too.

love Cath

laxsupermom said...

Roger Moore - we want pictures! These dessert bars look so good! Thanks for sharing.

Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

These bars look great. What a fun trip!

Jess said...

Yummy-looking bars! And you saw Roger Moore??? So cool :) Can't wait to hear more about your vacation!

yummychunklet said...

Welcome back! Your bars look tasty.

justine said...

welcome back! I wonder if this would work with frozen raspberries ... yum!

Beth said...

Catherine, my eyes were blurring more than a bit when I wrote this post, because I'd been up more than 24 hours. I wouldn't be surprised if I had written exactly what you thought!

Mary said...

Welcome back! Sounds like you had a great trip, and I can't wait to hear more about Roger Moore, but perhaps not about the seaweed!

shaz said...

Welcome back Beth. Roger Moore eh? can't wait to hear about it. Your winter may not be on the way but our summer certainly is, then I an have cherries again, yay!

Amie Kaufman said...

Huzzah, you're home! I missed you!

That looks delicious, and with the very first hints of spring in the air here -- a warm breeze and a little sun today -- I'm dying for the day when I can get my hands on cherries to try it!

Gloria said...

Hi Beth, hope you can rest a little, these look delicious, is nice to be at home didnt't??? huggs gloria

LDH said...

Wonderful looking recipe! Looking forward to hearing all about your trip :)

Rita said...

Welcome back to our little world Beth. These bars are being printed as I write; the perfect easy dessert with a cup of tea; thank you.
Rita

Angie's Recipes said...

Mine is "Sean Connery", but I would be thrilled to see Roger Moore too.
The streusel bars look very good!

laurie said...

I am a BIG fan of cherries..these look delish!

lapetitepancake said...

Anything with a crumble has my name all over it.
Can't wait to hear more about Roger Moore! hah

Erin said...

These look wonderful!!!

Valerie said...

Roger Moore was always my favorite James Bond too! (My dad was a huge Bond fan).

Welcome home, Beth! The cherry crumb bars look delicious (anything from Smitten Kitchen usually is). Can't wait to hear about your trip! :-)

Lizzy said...

Welcome home! I love fruity bars...and these look wonderful! Can't wait to hear more details from your trip~

Julie said...

Welcome home! These bars look delicious. Look forward to hearing about your trip.

tenaciouslyyours.com said...

1. Winter is never coming.

2. I'm always a fan of a good crumb bar. Especially when cherry is involved. ALWAYS when cherry is involved.

3. Welcome back - I can't wait to hear all about your travels!

Belinda said...

Welcome back!! Great way to end a meal. Love Roger Moore!

Sue said...

Welcome home, Beth! Thanks for the recipe! Looks delicious:)

comfortablydomestic.com said...

Hooray! Another option for my frozen cherries. I can't wait to hear the Roger Moore story. He's my favorite Bond after Sean Connery.

Pam said...

Welcome back... both bars look amazing!

Pachecopatty said...

Welcome back, it's fun to travel and always good to come home! I love bar cookies with a fruity filling like this;-) Looking forward to hearing about your latest adventures.

Jeanne said...

This is a perfect treat for a chilly winter day. Or any other time of the year! They look fabulous.

Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) said...

These look great. LOVE smitten kitchen :)

Victoria said...

Yum, I think cherries and blueberries would be perfect here :) Will have to make both batches, haha.

Claudia said...

Wai! I'm still making your raspberry cake... love the teasers, love the bars. Rest and recuperate!

Reeni said...

Welcome back! Your bars look scrumptious - love that you can make them with whatever berry you have on hand!

shaz said...

PS Beth - just tagged you for The Tripbase Seven Links project. Hope you can play along :)

Brownieville Girl said...

Welcome home - hope you had a fantastic time.

Your bars look delicious - wonder if I could up the sugar and use up some of the cranberries I have in the freezer?

allieksmith said...

I'm glad you are back and I can't wait to hear about your vacation!

Raina said...

Yum! Wonderful bars! Great idea to freeze the cherries. Sounds like you had another very interesting trip:)

Allison said...

Bars and berries ... yum!

Cindy said...

I have made this with blueberries and love it but sour cherries would be amazing. The sweet, sour, buttery topping soooo good!

Joanne said...

I'm glad you're back and that you had a fun vacation! These cherry crumb bars look delicious. I'm so glad you used frozen cherries so that we can make them year-round!

5 Star Foodie said...

Those bars look scrumptious with either cherries or blueberries. Welcome back :)

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