Blueberry Pie Bars

Some little known facts about me:

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1.  I absolutely can’t stand the sound of sandpaper on anything.  I simply cannot be around it.  I literally leave the room whenever Dan sands something for a home project, since I clearly can’t do it myself.  Just thinking about it is giving me chills, so moving on…

2.  I go on cooking and baking sprees.  I’ll make 4 or 5 recipes in one day, then not cook for the next two days.

Poor Dan.  Our deal is that I cook and he does the dishes.  He’s not a huge fan of the clean-up that comes with my cooking sprees.

3.  I do not like washing silverware.  I will wash as many mixing bowls and baking sheets as you give me, but leave all the forks in the bottom of the sink.  Good thing our new house has a dishwasher!

4.  At thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales, I can spot Mason jars and vintage Pyrex from a mile away.  I have a bit of a problem, according to Dan.  I beg to differ.  Whereas most girls buy shoes, I buy jars and Pyrex.  That’s not weird, right?

5.  Usually, I can limit myself to a serving or two of whatever recipe I bake up.  Not so with these bars. Within one day, the pan was 3/4 gone.  And Dan only ate one bar.

6.  What’s really funny is I don’t even like pie all the much, but I love these bars.  Especially the way the blueberries burst when you bite into them.

 

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Blueberry Pie Bars

Blueberry Pie Bars

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the "filling":
  • 1 cup (about half a 14oz can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F and grease a 9x13" baking pan.
  2. In a food processor fitted with the dough blade, stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon juice. Cut the butter into 8-10 pieces, then use the processor to work the butter into the flour until the butter is in pea-sized chunks.
  3. Savvy Tip: If you don't have a food processor, you can also use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the butter into the flour.
  4. Evenly press the dough into the prepared pan, and bake at 375F for 20 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown.
  5. In the meantime, blend the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, flour, and butter until smooth. Fold in the blueberries.
  6. Pour the blueberries over the crust, spreading the filling evenly over the pan. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the top begins to firm up. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
  7. Optionally, serve the bars a la mode with French vanilla ice cream. You won't be sorry.
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Blueberry Pie Bars

So….who wants to go shopping for vintage Pyrex with me this weekend?

Mighty Leaf Tea Giveaway

*This giveaway is now closed.  The winner is announced at the end of this post.*

I love tea, in case you haven’t noticed.  I especially love a hot mug of chai with some milk and sweetener.  But in the summer, it isn’t the most fitting for the weather. And I turn to iced tea. So when Mighty Leaf offered to send me a sampling of their whole leaf iced tea line, of course I accepted!

I don’t typically purchase tea that is especially intended for iced tea, choosing instead to make my own, but these flavors were too difficult to resist!  And like their regular teas, Mighty Leaf’s iced teas come in larger sachets with larger pieces, giving you a higher-quality tea.  I was sent these flavors:

Sunburst Green. Loved the citrus zing.

Ginger Peach. I love the combination of ginger and peach flavors.

Calypso Mango. Mango is always good, in my opinion.

Organic Black. This is the only one I haven’t tried, but I can’t wait to brew it with some cinnamon and spices for some iced chai!

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And as a side note, can I recommend that you mix the Calypso Mango with a little club soda, a squeeze of lime juice and some ice?  Fantastic! 🙂

Mighty Leaf is being kind enough to offer one Savvy Reader a Summer Brewing Kit!  Winner will receive:

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To enter, leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to keep cool in the summer.

I will choose a winner on Wednesday, August 3. Sorry, open to US residents only.

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*This giveaway is now closed.  The winner is… Jen! Congratulations! Please send me your shipping information and we’ll get you your prize!*