I finally got around to posting my recipe for my Berry Bars. This is one of my dad’s all time favorite bars that I make. I have made them only a few times and each time I have made them, they turned out good but not perfect. After several tries I have finally perfected the recipe. I knew it would take time and I am thrilled to share this amazing recipe with everyone. There have been several people who have asked for this recipe and I wanted to make sure it was exactly to my specifications before handing it out.
The best thing about this Berry Bar recipe is you can make it using whatever berries you want to use. As you can see I used blueberries because those are my dad’s favorite. I have used raspberries, blackberries, peaches, strawberries, and I have even mixed the fruit to make an assorted berry bar. I use only frozen fruits for this recipe. Depending on the type of fruit you use it will cause the baking time to vary. Fruits with more liquid, like blueberries, are going to take more time than frozen peaches. But I will explain the perfect way to tell when your bars are done in my directions.
Ingredients: (makes 9 x 13 pan)
½ Cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ¾ Cup brown sugar, NOT packed
1 ¼ Cup Old Fashion Oats
½ Cup sweetened coconut
1 ¼ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons water (this will vary)
12 ounces frozen fruit (around 2 Cups) – I used blueberries
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Blend together butter and brown sugar for 3 minutes.
Add oats, coconut, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Blend for 2 minutes until everything is incorporated and mixture is crumbly.
Add the egg and 2 Tablespoons of water and blend together until dough forms. This is step is a bit tricky. You do not want your dough to be dry or too wet. I normally only have to add a couple of tablespoons of water but there has been times I have added almost a ¼ cup of water. As you can see in my picture, the dough formed into three sections. This is how I tell it is done. If the dough is not forming together add a little water at a time until it forms together.
Reserve about 1 Cup of dough. Spray 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray. Press dough into an even layer in the pan. It should be able ½ inch in thickness.
Add frozen fruit. Make sure you spread the fruit out over the whole pan.
Take your reserved 1 Cup of dough and break into small pieces and crumble over the top of the fruit.
Bake for 55 minutes. As I said, depending on the fruit the time may vary. There are two steps to tell when the bars are done. First, you simply have to push lightly on the top of the bar and if it is firm then it is done. Second, check by turning the pan at a slight angle and if the center of the bar starts to slide then cook it a bit longer.
Allow to cool completely before cutting. ENJOY!!!