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Blueberry Lemon Bars

Blueberry lemon bars – my version of the classic lemon bar recipe, using my homemade blueberry lemon curd.

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On New Year’s Day I shared one of my newest recipes for blueberry lemon curd. It is delicious and I had a hard time resisting the call of the curd.  It is yummy enough that I seriously wanted to eat it by large spoonfuls.  Alas, I stopped myself.

Mainly because I used most of it for this delicious recipe for blueberry lemon bars. Yummy yum yum.

Lemon bars are one of those classic desserts that don’t really need much reworking. Like chocolate chip cookies, they are quite perfect in their basic form. For that reason, I started this recipe with the base of the Good Housekeeping cookbook’s very basic lemon bars. I think it’s a shortbread base – 3 ingredients only, that bakes into a nice crusty crust in the bottom of a baking dish.

Then, instead of making a lemon curd from scratch and pouring it on top, I used my already made blueberry lemon curd. And the world stopped.

Because it was magnificent. (just kidding, the world didn’t stop.)

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You may be wondering, why mess with a good thing? Well, mainly because Mr. B. doesn’t like lemony, citrusy desserts. And I do. So this combination – sweet blueberries and tart lemons – makes us both happy. The devoured blueberry lemon bars are proof that I am not exaggerating in the least.

I am not entirely happy with these pictures, but it’s too late to retake them – we ate all of the bars. Mr. B. brought a big container of them to work and cut them into little pieces so all of his coworkers could share them. And then he came home and we ate all of the rest. And then… I went to edit my pictures and realized I liked 3 of the 30 or so that I took.  Oh well. 🙂

I was going to remake them and retake the pictures but I didn’t want to wait any longer to share this with you. You are very welcome.

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Blueberry Lemon Bars

This recipe is special because of the blueberry lemon curd, but if you don’t want to make it you are not out of luck. Replace it with any curd – homemade or store bought. You know me, I’m always making stuff from scratch.

When you’re cutting your blueberry lemon bars, here my tips for you. One, use a really sharp knife. Two, heat it with hot water and wipe it down before you cute. And three, do that for each cut.

Then you will have perfect bars to eat!

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberry lemon curd
  • additional confectioner's sugar to dust on finished bars

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 baking pan with foil. Lightly grease the foil.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the flour, confectioner's sugar and butter until ingredients are combined and the butter is pea sized.
  3. Pour the dough into the prepared pan and press it into the bottom of the pan. Bake until lightly browned, about 15-17 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and pour the blueberry lemon curd in an even layer across the top of the crust. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the filling is set.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. When cool, sprinkle the top with additional confectioner's sugar. Then cut into bars.

Notes

Revised from The Good Housekeeping Cookbook.


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Miz Helen

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

Your Blueberry Lemon Bars look fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon! Miz Helen

Jenny B

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

Thanks Miz Helen - I'll be back next week. :)

Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner?

Sunday 11th of January 2015

What a fantastic twist on lemon bars! You are being featured at Simple Supper Tuesday this week. We would love for you to join us again, starting Monday night at 8pm.

Jenny B

Sunday 11th of January 2015

Awesome! Thank you so much! And I will definitely join again on Monday night!

Katherines Corner

Sunday 11th of January 2015

Love these!!! Oh how I wish I could have nibble. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

Jenny B

Sunday 11th of January 2015

Yay!! Thank you and I'll be on the lookout for it :)

Samantha Wu

Sunday 11th of January 2015

These look great! I can't wait to try them. Visiting from the Craftaholics link party.

Jenny B

Sunday 11th of January 2015

Thanks Samantha!

Jess

Thursday 8th of January 2015

Oh man, these look really delicious! YUM!

Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

Jenny B

Thursday 8th of January 2015

thanks Jess! They're super yummy :)

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