Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Blueberry Oatmeal Squares

Blueberry Oatmeal Squares (Adapted from Canadian Living)

For the filling

3 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
4 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water

For the crust and topping

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh grated orange zest
3/4 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons unsalted cold butter, cut into cubes

To prepare the filling

In a medium saucepan, add blueberries, sugar and juice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Whisk into the blueberry mixture and bring back to a boil - cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and place mixture into a medium bowl - place plastic wrap directly on surface and place into the refrigerator until it has cooled, about 1 to 2 hours.

To prepare the crust and topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl, whisk together oats, flour, sugar, orange rind and salt. Add butter cubes and using a pastry blender, cut butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Scoop half of the mixture into an 8" square baking pan coated with cooking spray - press mixture down to form an even layer. Remove blueberry filling from the refrigerator and spread over the top. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture, pressing lightly to adhere.

Place pan into the oven and bake until the top is lightly golden, about 45 minutes. Remove and place onto a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into squares.

Makes about 16 servings.

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  1. oh yum Joe! This normally wouldnt appeal to me but you make it look so good that I think I am going to have to try it now!

  2. These sound very similar to the Strawberry-Rhubarb Oatmeal bars (which I love and make several times when rhubarb is in season). The filling there calls for 2 T. cornstarch, so maybe a bit more with the blueberries would be in order.

    Regardless, they look and sound yummy!

  3. Kelli - Awesome!

    Star - I didn't think to compare the two! Good catch and yes, that does sound about the right amount to get the filling to hold together.