Thursday, July 2, 2009

Mixed berry pie bars

I wanted to make something pie-like yesterday. But then I saw this post about how great bars are, and oh, what a good idea! I used my almond tart crust, pressed it into a 9x13 pan, covered it with berries and a little jam, and then sprinkled some streusel on top. Voila, berry pie bars! You can eat them running out the door, or sitting down with some ice cream on top.

Mixed berry pie bars
From my brain. Makes about 12 good sized bars.

Almond crust
From this post, changed a bit.

1/2 c rice flour
1 c almond meal
1/3 c brown sugar
pinch salt
1/2 t xanthan gum
1 stick cold butter or shortening, cut into cubes
1 egg
1/2 t vanilla

Grease a 13x9 pan well (I used a glass one). Pulse rice flour, almond meal, brown sugar, salt and xanthan gum in the food processor. Pulse in cold butter, then egg and vanilla. Scrape dough into pan, and use a piece of plastic wrap to press the dough evenly over the bottom of the pan. Prick all over with a fork, then freeze for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 375. Grease the shiny side of a piece of foil and press foil onto the top of the dough. Bake 20 minutes while you prepare the filling and streusel.


1 1/2 lb mixed berries (or more, frozen or fresh)
3 T brown sugar
1 1/2 T cornstarch
1/2 t vanilla
1/2 c berry jam, warmed a little

Mix berries, sugar, cornstarch and vanilla, then stir in the berry jam. Let sit while you prepare the streusel.
Strusel topping

1 c almond meal
6 T brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/3 c melted butter
1 t vanilla
1/4 t almond extract

Whisk together the almond meal, brown sugar, and salt. Stir in the melted butter, vanilla and almond extracts.

Take the hot crust out of the oven. Pour the berries over the crust, and carefully spread them evenly around, trying not to break the crust. Sprinkle the streudel over the top evenly, then bake 35 minutes until filling is thickly bubbling and the streusel is starting to brown.


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  2. Wow, those look fabulous!


  3. Wow this looks sooo good! How does the bar hold up after a day or two? Does it get soggy? I really want to try this!

  4. Yummy Great Recipe, I Love to eat this food.