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Cardamom Sugar Blueberry Bars

Cardamom sugar blueberry bars
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Yields
9 servings

These buttery bars are bursting with in-season summer blueberries and an unexpected touch of cardamom, making for the perfect twist on your favourite summer dessert. Cardamom is baked into the crumb and topping, while fresh blueberries are cooked down with lemon zest into a simple blueberry preserve that makes for the perfect jammy filling. Plus, you can easily sub in whatever berries you have depending on what’s in season: raspberries, strawberries and blackberries all work well in this recipe. When all the layers come together, it’s pure summer magic.

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ingredients

Blueberry preserve

1 ½
cup fresh blueberries
¼
cup granulated sugar
1
Lemon, zested

Cardamom sugar crumb dough

2 ¼
cup all-purpose flour
½
cup dark brown sugar
1
cup softened unsalted butter
½
tsp salt
2
tsp ground cardamom

Assembly

1
cup fresh blueberries
1
tsp corn starch
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directions

Notes

Blueberry preserve can be swapped for storebought blueberry jam. This recipe requires 2 hours rest time.

Ingredients for cardamom sugar blueberry bars
Step 1

To make the blueberry preserve: In a medium sized pot add the blueberries, sugar, lemon zest.

Step 2

Cook the mixture until blueberries have completely softened and the preserve has a syrupy consistency (this should take 5-8 minutes on medium heat). Remove from heat and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before using.

Blueberry preserve in a sauce pan
Step 3

To make the cardamom crumb dough: Preheat oven to 325°F. Line an 8 x 8-inch square pan with butter and parchment paper.

Step 4

In a medium sized bowl, using an electric mixer beat together flour, dark brown sugar, butter, salt and cardamom.

Cardamom sugar crumb in a mixing bowl
Step 5

To assemble, press down ½ of the dough mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Cardamom sugar crumb pressed in a mixing bowl
Step 6

Combine fresh blueberries with cornstarch. Mix until combined.

Blueberries tossed with cornstarch
Step 7

Using a spoon spread the berries evenly over the dough and add dollops of prepared blueberry preserve over the blueberries.

Blueberries over crumb base for Cardamom Sugar Blueberry Bars
Step 8

Add the remaining cardamom sugar crumb dough over the berry mixture (do not press it down, just sprinkle it over).

Unbaked cardamom sugar blueberry bars
Step 9

Bake for 45 minutes, or until the crumble mixture is light golden brown on top.

baked cardamom sugar blueberry bars
Step 10

Remove from the oven and let it come to room temperature before unmolding from the pan and portioning into bars. These bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

baked cardamom sugar blueberry bars

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