Saturday Night Sweets~ Blackberry Pie Bars (Regular AND Gluten Free versions)

Saturday nights are my husband’s night with his buddies.  Usually it consists of me BBQing and them playing D&D, which means I have a total dork fest happening in my dining room, and I mean that with much love.  Since my husband is preoccupied until the wee hours of the night, I am left to my own devices to do whatever I please, which usually ends up with me surfing the net or pinterest for new food ideas.

But now I have the blog!!  Which means Saturday Night Sweets, a post each week of something sweet, yummy, and oh so good!!

In honor of my first Saturday Night Sweets, I will share one of my most requested desserts…. Blackberry Pie Bars!!  My mother and sister are absolutely in LOVE with these, and are always begging me to make them, or at very least, give them the recipe.  I swear they would do anything to get their hands on them, and since I am such the wonderful person I am, I’m giving it to them for free.  No blackmail, no bribing me (although if they wish to shower me in gifts they are more than welcome to *wink wink*), and no giving up their first born to obtain it!  What can I say… I’m just cool like that 😉

Now be prepared to gain 20lbs…

.Blackberry Pie Bar

Blackberry Pie Bars 
Regular and Gluten Free

Ingredients:

Crust & Topping:

3 cups all purpose flour (to make gluten free substitute with 1c white rice flour, 1c sorghum flour, 1c tapioca flour, 2T xanthan gum)

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups chilled unsalted butter

Fruit Filling:

4 large eggs

2 cups sugar

1 cup sour cream

3/4 cup all purpose flour  (to make gluten free substitute with 1/4c white rice flour, 1/4c sorghum flour, 1/4c tapioca flour, 1t xanthan gum)

Pinch of salt

6 cups fresh blackberries

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan. Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a very large bowl. Cut butter into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter. Continue until the butter is evenly distributed, but the mixture is still crumbly (as you would a pie crust).  Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the crumb mixture for the topping. Press the remaining crumbs into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake the crust for 12-15 minutes (this actually took me close to 20 minutes; just continue checking it after 15 minutes), or until it is golden brown. Cool for at least 10 minutes.

To make the filling:

Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl, then add the sour cream, flour and salt. Gently fold in the blackberries. Spoon the mixture evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs evenly over the top. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned. Cool for at least 1 hour before cutting.Straight out of the oven

This recipe makes about 12 bars depending on how big you cut them.  Personally I cut them rather big, because the family says I have to share even though I want to eat the entire pan myself.  Meanies. Blackberry Pie Bar

Try topping them with vanilla ice cream while they are still warm.  Talk about heaven….

Heaven in food form

So what are you still doing here?!  Go make this!!  Now!!  And don’t forget to bring me a piece!!

Yours Truly,

Ms. Me

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