2021 Monthly Color Challenge

November 1, 2021

November's Color is Blueberry.  Although I love to eat blueberries in muffins or individually like grapes,
I'm not too fond of them in something they dominate like Blueberry pie.  My favorite recipe is Blueberry
Crumble Bars.  This has the right proportion of blueberries & crumb.

   Here is my Blueberry Block            &               Blueberry Crumble Bars

                               A buttery shortbread-like base, juicy blueberry filling & crumbly crumble topping - these Blueberry Crumble Bars are so easy & delicious!

For the Blueberry Layer
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice , don't use bottle lemon juice - it's too tart
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
For the Bottom Lay & Top Crumble
  • 1 and ¼ cup all-purpose flour , spooned & leveled
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter , cold (½ cup plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Preheat the oven to 375F degrees. Line an 8x8 inch square baking pan with aluminium foil and grease with butter. 
  • In a medium bowl toss together the ingredients for the blueberry layer (blueberries, cornstarch, lemon zest, lemon juice & sugar). Set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl whisk together the flour, ½ cup granulated sugar & baking powder.
  • Cut in the butter & egg yolk using a pastry cutter or fork until the mixture is crumbly and resembles wet sand.
  • Press about two thirds to three quarters of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Pour the blueberry mixture over top.
  • To the remaining flour mixture, stir in the brown sugar and remaining 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar.
  • Crumble the remaining dough over the blueberry mixture by squeezing it in a fist with your hand, then crumbling it over top.
  • Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes, until you see the blueberries bubbling and the crumble layer starting to turn golden.
  • Allow to cool fully to room temperature (about 3-4 hours) . Then lift the bars out of the pan using the aluminium foil overhang and cut into squares. 


Sponsors are listed below

There’s a new group of sponsors! The Monthly Color Challenge has a great group of sponsors who have given generously to make this year an amazing year for you. Winners are chosen quarterly.

To enter you simply add your block to the Link Up at the end of each month, on Jen’s blog. One entry per quilter

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