Thursday, September 25, 2008

Blueberry Bars at the Morris Farm's Tour de Farms Bike Ride

This weekend we are celebrating local foods at the Morris Farm in Wiscasset with the Tour de Farms bike ride. They have 8, 20, 50 and 100 mile loops winding along the Maine coast with stops for snacks at local farms. What better way to start off your autumn season than with a gorgeous ride that culminates in a local foods barbeque at the Morris Farm. One of the desserts we are planning incorporates the luscious local blueberry. It's easy to make and delicious to eat. They are great warm topped with a little Round Top vanilla ice cream. Hope you can join us for the Tour de Farms. Come ride- the century starts at 7:30 am see the Morris Farm's website for times for shorter loops- or just enjoy the barbeque at 2pm.
Blueberry Bars
Serves 32
Crust and Topping
6 cups cut oats, uncooked
2 cups flour
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, melted
8 cups blueberries, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup sugar
6 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350°.
Line a half sheet pan or two 9x13 baking pans with foil, letting ends extend above pan on 2 sides. Grease pans. In a large bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Add melted butter and stir with a fork until evenly moistened (mixture will be crumbly). Reserve 2 cups crumb mixture for topping.
Press remaining mixture evenly and firmly over bottom of 2 pans. Bake 12 minutes.
Filling: In a small saucepan stir berries, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice over medium heat until bubbling. Simmer, stirring, until thick.
Spoon blueberry mixture evenly over crusts. Divide reserved crumb mixture and sprinkle over the top of the blueberries.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool completely in pan. Lift foil by ends and slide entire slab onto a cutting board.
Peel off foil; cut into 2" squares.
Savor. Linger. Enjoy! -Cynthia

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