Lemon Blueberry Bars

Lemon Blueberry Bars
Recipe by Dragon
The warmer weather has me thinking about summer and my favourite summer fruit, blueberries! I like to eat them all year long but I find they are at their best in the warm months. I always seem to pair blueberries with lemons in my baking. Like hot beaches and cool waters.....they are a perfect summer match. Enjoy!

Make: 24 to 36 bars

Crust and Crumble Topping:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
grated zest of two lemons
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes

Blueberry Filling:
4 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 cup Greek yogurt
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon limoncello or lemon juice
grated zest of 1 lemon
6 cups of fresh Blueberries

1. Preheat the oven to 350F and place the rack in the middle of the oven.  Grease a 9 x 13-inch backing pan with butter or cooking spray and set aside. 

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer (with paddle attachment), combine flour, sugar, salt and lemon zest. Stir to combine the ingredients. Add the butter and mix the ingredients until the butter is incorporated and the mixture has the texture of large pea size crumbs. 

3. Reserve 1/3 of the crumb mixture to use as the topping.  Press the remaining mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan to form a crust.  Bake the crust for 15 minutes until it is golden brown.  Let cool for 15 minutes while you make the filling.

4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the sugar, Greek yogurt, flour, salt vanilla, limoncello and lemon zest. Whisk to thoroughly combine the ingredients. Gently fold in the blueberries. Pour the blueberry mixture evenly over the cooled crust. Sprinkle the reserved crumble evenly over the blueberry filling.

5. Place the baking pan on a baking sheet then bake for 50-55 minutes or until the topping is golden. Allow it too cool completely before cutting into squares.

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