Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Cookie Carnival-Blackberry Almond Bars

For this month's Cookie Carnival, Kate chose Blackberry Almond Bars. I was super excited about this recipe, well, because anything with blackberries, I will eat it. Now, last night, I had a co-baker with me in my kitchen, Charlotte at Taylor Loves Chocolate. Charlotte is a newbie to the blog world, and is a newbie in the baking kitchen as well, so go and check her out. Taylor is my niece and Charlotte has been in the family for about 3 years, and hopefully someday will make it official as my SIL (hint, hint to my brother!)ok, so now back to these bars!

First, you puree the blackberries and strain them to get the seeds out, then you make them into a curd. Make an almond based shortbread crust, bake it, then top with the curd and bake some more, top with powdered sugar when cooled. These will definitely be made again and again! Love them! What are you waiting for, go and try them for yourself!

BLACKBERRY ALMOND BARS
(williams-sonoma)

INGREDIENTS:
For the shortbread:
* 12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup ground toasted almonds
* 1/2 cup granulated sugar
* 1/2 tsp. salt

For the blackberry curd:
* 2 pints blackberries
* 4 eggs
* 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
* Pinch of salt
* 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
* 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room
temperature, cut into 1-inch pieces

Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat an oven to 350°F. Lightly butter a 9-by-13-by-2-inch cake pan.
To make the shortbread, in the bowl of a food processor, combine the butter, flour, almonds, granulated sugar and salt and process until small lumps form. Sprinkle the mixture into the prepared pan and press evenly into the bottom. Bake until the shortbread is golden, about 20 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.

Meanwhile, make the blackberry curd: In a food processor or blender, puree the blackberries until smooth. Pass the puree through a chinois set over a bowl, using a pestle to press on the solids and extract as much juice as possible; discard the solids. You should have about 3/4 cup juice.

In the top pan of a double boiler or in a nonreactive saucepan, whisk together the eggs and granulated sugar until blended. Then whisk in the blackberry juice, salt and lemon juice. Set the top pan over but not touching simmering water in the bottom pan, or set the saucepan over medium-low heat. (If using a saucepan, take care not to heat the mixture too quickly.) Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spatula or spoon, until the mixture is warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Begin adding the butter a little at a time, stirring each addition until blended before adding more. Continue cooking, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the pan, until a finger drawn across the back of the spatula leaves a path, 8 to 10 minutes more. Immediately remove the pan from the heat. Pass the curd through the chinois set over a bowl and let stand for 10 minutes. Whisk to blend, then pour the curd over the shortbread, spreading it evenly to the edges.
Bake until the curd is set, about 30 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely. Cut into individual bars, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Dust the bars with confectioners’ sugar before serving.
Makes 20 bars.

10 comments:

Deborah said...

Oh, yum! They almost sound like lemon bars, but with blackberries instead!

Jaime said...

i love anything w/fruit in it, but i esp love blackberries! these look delicious!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I'm with you, I love anything with blackberries in them. I think this is something even I can make. I'll go check out Charlotte's blog.

Megan said...

I cant wait to get home and try these! I've been looking forward to them. But in my head I was thinking blueberrys. Glad I didnt buy the berries yet!

mimi said...

i always need something to do with the blackberries i pick up at the farmer's market. i love this idea of a bar cookie!

stephchows said...

Yours look like they came out great! After a night in the refrigerator my "shortbread" was much better and I ended up chowing the whole recipe!! Hehe. Also topped it with a little cool whip... YUM!

Pamela said...

They look so tempting! I am sure that they were delicious. Great job.

Jacque said...

I love what a pretty color the curd is.

I agree, they were delish!

kamailesfood said...

Great looking bars! They were a hit at our house as well.

Roni said...

Incredible looking bars. I bet they were fabulous!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Cookie Carnival-Blackberry Almond Bars

For this month's Cookie Carnival, Kate chose Blackberry Almond Bars. I was super excited about this recipe, well, because anything with blackberries, I will eat it. Now, last night, I had a co-baker with me in my kitchen, Charlotte at Taylor Loves Chocolate. Charlotte is a newbie to the blog world, and is a newbie in the baking kitchen as well, so go and check her out. Taylor is my niece and Charlotte has been in the family for about 3 years, and hopefully someday will make it official as my SIL (hint, hint to my brother!)ok, so now back to these bars!

First, you puree the blackberries and strain them to get the seeds out, then you make them into a curd. Make an almond based shortbread crust, bake it, then top with the curd and bake some more, top with powdered sugar when cooled. These will definitely be made again and again! Love them! What are you waiting for, go and try them for yourself!

BLACKBERRY ALMOND BARS
(williams-sonoma)

INGREDIENTS:
For the shortbread:
* 12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup ground toasted almonds
* 1/2 cup granulated sugar
* 1/2 tsp. salt

For the blackberry curd:
* 2 pints blackberries
* 4 eggs
* 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
* Pinch of salt
* 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
* 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room
temperature, cut into 1-inch pieces

Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat an oven to 350°F. Lightly butter a 9-by-13-by-2-inch cake pan.
To make the shortbread, in the bowl of a food processor, combine the butter, flour, almonds, granulated sugar and salt and process until small lumps form. Sprinkle the mixture into the prepared pan and press evenly into the bottom. Bake until the shortbread is golden, about 20 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.

Meanwhile, make the blackberry curd: In a food processor or blender, puree the blackberries until smooth. Pass the puree through a chinois set over a bowl, using a pestle to press on the solids and extract as much juice as possible; discard the solids. You should have about 3/4 cup juice.

In the top pan of a double boiler or in a nonreactive saucepan, whisk together the eggs and granulated sugar until blended. Then whisk in the blackberry juice, salt and lemon juice. Set the top pan over but not touching simmering water in the bottom pan, or set the saucepan over medium-low heat. (If using a saucepan, take care not to heat the mixture too quickly.) Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spatula or spoon, until the mixture is warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Begin adding the butter a little at a time, stirring each addition until blended before adding more. Continue cooking, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the pan, until a finger drawn across the back of the spatula leaves a path, 8 to 10 minutes more. Immediately remove the pan from the heat. Pass the curd through the chinois set over a bowl and let stand for 10 minutes. Whisk to blend, then pour the curd over the shortbread, spreading it evenly to the edges.
Bake until the curd is set, about 30 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely. Cut into individual bars, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Dust the bars with confectioners’ sugar before serving.
Makes 20 bars.

10 comments:

Deborah said...

Oh, yum! They almost sound like lemon bars, but with blackberries instead!

Jaime said...

i love anything w/fruit in it, but i esp love blackberries! these look delicious!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I'm with you, I love anything with blackberries in them. I think this is something even I can make. I'll go check out Charlotte's blog.

Megan said...

I cant wait to get home and try these! I've been looking forward to them. But in my head I was thinking blueberrys. Glad I didnt buy the berries yet!

mimi said...

i always need something to do with the blackberries i pick up at the farmer's market. i love this idea of a bar cookie!

stephchows said...

Yours look like they came out great! After a night in the refrigerator my "shortbread" was much better and I ended up chowing the whole recipe!! Hehe. Also topped it with a little cool whip... YUM!

Pamela said...

They look so tempting! I am sure that they were delicious. Great job.

Jacque said...

I love what a pretty color the curd is.

I agree, they were delish!

kamailesfood said...

Great looking bars! They were a hit at our house as well.

Roni said...

Incredible looking bars. I bet they were fabulous!