Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Blueberry Boysenberry Squares with Rosemary Crust



Summery, crumbly fruit bars: I literally cannot stop. Please bear with me while I work through my latest ridiculous baking addiction. But seriously, try to argue that these aren't the best kind of summer dessert: easy, fast, unfussy, and exploding with juicy, ripe and prime in-season fruit. I dare you.



I have a few more ideas up my sleeve, but am trying as hard as I can to resist overwhelming this blog with crumble-covered fruit. That said, I make no promises. I strongly suggest we all continue to make and eat summery fruit crumbles in a valiant attempt to hold on to summer as long as humanly possible.

Next week, Bryan and I leave for a trip to South America (don't worry, you won't miss me. I have a few spectacular guest posts lined up while I'm gone), where it will be spring. So, not freezing, but certainly not summer. I am afraid of leaving summer, to go to spring, only to come back to fall. I'm afraid these are my last days of summer for this year, so I say we live it up.


This one is particularly extraordinary. Maybe I am biased because I think any dessert with herbs or spices is the cat's meow, but there is something about the bite of the rosemary, sweetness of the blueberries, zestiness of the lemon, and very very slight sourness of the boysenberry that creates an incredibly complex, yet still unpretentious (if that makes sense) flavor. These squares taste so light and fresh, yet rich and buttery, all at the same time.

I brought these to a dinner party and, even though we'd just had an incredible home-cooked meal (fresh, handmade spring rolls ZOMG), these were devoured nearly instantaneously. I guess I am not the only one who likes herb-y desserts.

What about you? Do you like herbs (and/or spices) in your desserts? What are your favorite flavor combinations?




Blueberry Boysenberry Squares with Rosemary Crust
Adapted from Une Gamine Dans La Cuisine, who adapted it from Smitten Kitchen

For the crust:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 heaping Tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest (zest of approximately 1 large lemon)
2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 egg, lightly beaten

For the filling:
17.5 oz (1 large jar) boysenberry preserves
3 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 teaspoons cornstarch

Preheat the oven to 375F. Thoroughly coat a 9"x13" pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Start by preparing the crust and crumb. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, lemon zest and rosemary. Firmly rub the sugar, zest and rosemary between your fingers until it releases the oils and becomes aromatic and moist. Pour into a food processor along with the flour, baking soda, and salt. Pulse a few times to mix. Add the butter and egg and pulse a few times until the butter is the size of small peas. The mixture will be crumbly, but should hold together when pressed.

Turn half of the mixture into the prepared pan and firmly press into an even layer. Spread the preserves in an even layer over the base crust, but don't bring the preserves all the way to the edges of the crust (don't let the preserves touch the pan or the bars will be very difficult to get out). 

In a large mixing bowl, gently stir together the blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch until combined. Distribute the mixture in a layer on top of the preserves. 

Finally, sprinkle the remaining crust/crumb mixture over the top of the bars, ensuring the larger clumps are distributed evenly across the pan. 

Bake for 45-55 minutes until the crumb topping is golden brown and the fruit bubbles slightly along the edges. 

Cool the bars completely at room temperature or in the fridge before slicing into bars. 

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week. These would also freeze nicely for up to three months. 


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38 comments:

  1. Wow! I think I will have to call in sick to work tomorrow and stay home and make these all day long.....

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  2. I love the idea of combining herbs with sweet baked treats, can't wait to give these a go!

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  3. These bars are so gorgeous! And your little berry bowl is so cute! I love blueberries with herbs too. I paired them with a little sweet basil earlier this season and I just loved the result. Yours are so tempting! ;)

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  4. Are you freaking kidding me?!?! Nomage must be had. These look soooo darn good! I love the touch of rosemary you added, that's kinda sorta GENIUS. Although I have to ask (please don't judge): what does a boysenberry taste like? *sheltered*

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  5. Anne ~ Uni HomemakerSeptember 5, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Sounds delicious Nora! I love the idea of using rosemary in a crust. These squares look amazing!

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  6. Thanks, Allie! Blueberries and basil is actually my all time favorite berries-and-herbs flavor combo. What did you make with them?

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  7. Haha, nope not kidding at all ;) Great question! Well I have never had fresh boysenberries but the jam (you can get it at Trader Joe's) makes it taste really similar to blackberries in my opinion. If you like blackberries you should give boysenberries a try!

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  8. oh my oh my oh my. these are so beautiful and your pictures are yet again amamamamazing! I have never tasted boysenberry, whats it like?!
    youve got the bar thing on point by the way, i think ive given up with fruit baking as of tomorrows blog post. :)

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  9. Baked Blueberry Sour Cream Donuts, and I infused a little basil in the glaze. So yummy! Here's the link: http://wp.me/p3yKYy-La

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  10. Whoa, that looks amazing! Thanks for the link!

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  11. Thank you!! Good question about the boysenberry. I've never had it fresh, only in jam, where it tastes very much like blackberry. I'm assuming that the fresh ones are similar to blackberries too :) By the way I was intrigued by your mention of the fruit baking and then I saw your pie this morning. Looks absolutely delicious and so, so pretty!

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  12. Summery crumbly fruit bars are the best! I don't think I could ever tire of them...or summer (: Have an amazing time, Nora!

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  13. Thank you! And so do your bars! Thanks for sharing... ;)

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  14. Oh my! What a wonderful combination - so decadent!

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  15. I have only ever had a boysenberry drink, I have never tried the actual fruit. These bars look great!!

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  16. They definitely are! I'll be so sorry to see summer go (But may or may not have a hoard of summer berries in my freezer....). Thanks, Monica!

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  17. I think I know what drink you are referring to and it is wonderful!

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  18. I cannot even imagine how amazing these must smell.. a rosemary crust?! GIRL!

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  19. Please don't let this crumble addiction stop. Love 'em, and I wouldn't dare dispute the perfect. Have an AMAZING trip. I'm jealous!

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  20. Wow, rosemary crust??? Genius! These are gorgeous!

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  21. Oh my heavens almighty. These look so fabulous, I can hardly stand it. My mouth is watering. I HAVE to try these!!! Pinning!!

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  22. I bet the combo of the rosemary with the berries is just wonderful!

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  23. I say keep going with the fruity treats for as long as possible! These look they contain bursts of juicy deliciousness in every bite.

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  24. Lemon is my favorite thing. I looove it in baked goods! These look like lovely little last bites of summer :)

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  25. I totally support your game plan to continue making fruit crumbles to hold-on to summer:)) And I LOVE anything with rosemary...love so so much.

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  26. Same here! I think lemon is seriously underrated in non-lemon-centric treats. It does such magical things to berries and other fruity desserts!

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  27. Thanks, Kyle! I like that you are my cheerleader on this one :)

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