Sunday, November 2, 2008

What smell's good????

Every weekday morning my husband packs the usual items in his lunch box. A granola bar, fruit bar, cereal & milk, or muffin if I have it and his lunch. He has gotten to the point where he just doesn't care for it all (I would after 20+ years). So while I was grocery shopping this morning I bought some frozen blueberries and made Blueberry Oatmeal bars that a friend from SplitcoastStampers (LaurelW) gave us. Well I seemed to have misplaced my recipe but found one on-line similiar to hers.

Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

2 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter, cubed
3 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
4 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
Filling: In saucepan, bring blueberries, sugar and orange juice to boil; reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Whisk cornstarch with 2 tbsp (25 mL) water; whisk into blueberries and boil, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate until cooled, about 1 hour.
In large bowl, whisk together oats, flour, sugar, orange rind and salt with pastry blender, cut in butter until in coarse crumbs. Press HALF into 8-inch (2 L) square parchment paper–lined metal cake pan; spread with blueberry filling. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture, pressing lightly.
Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until light golden, about 45 minutes. Let cool on rack before cutting into squares.
(Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.).
Canadian Living Magazine: August 2007.

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