Blueberry Lemon Bars ~ My #BloggerClue Treat

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These Blueberry Lemon Bars are the perfect welcome to summer. Sweet with a hint of tart and utterly delicious.



Blueberry Lemon Bars | www.takingonmagazines.com | These Blueberry Lemon Bars are the perfect welcome to summer. Sweet with a hint of tart and utterly delicious. Oh, my friends, do I have a treat for you today. Yes, yes, there’s a recipe to be found here, but that’s not what I’m talking about.

Before I get to that though, I do have to let you know that today is Blogger C.L.U.E. reveal day, when I get to unveil whose blog I got to rummage through over the past month looking for the perfect recipe to match our ‘Berries’ theme for May. My treat is the person behind the blog I had this month; Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch.

I wish I could grab you by the shoulders, look you in the eye and emphasize really strongly how much I love Azmina even though I’ve never met her in person. You see, we go back a long way. In fact, my lawyer friend is one of the first people I ‘met’ when I dove into the wild world of food blogging. My first memory of her is the post that landed me as a fan.

It had to do with Minnie Mouse in cake pop form. What stood out to me then as a new blogger were a few things. First, the gorgeousness of the cake pops. They were stunning; more than I could have ever accomplished if I had practiced for years.

Second, Azmina was hilarious. I was giggling uncontrollably as I read about the trials she had during her attempts to recreate Minnie Mouse on a stick. And finally, I was in awe of Azmina’s tenacity. So, for the past five years I’ve stalked her.

I cheered when she became a contestant on MasterChef and shed a tear in that moment when she turned in her apron.  I’ve been with Azmina virtually as she’s managed to juggle her job, having kids and making amazing food.

Blueberry-Lemon-Bars-4 I almost made the Blueberry Almond Scones that looked so amazing while I was rummaging through Lawyer Loves Lunch, but I knew that the whole family would enjoy these bars more.

And they did. Doug made them his dinner. Sophie would have done the same had I let her. Me? Let’s just say that I had more than my fair share and it took all the adult-level self control I could muster to stop. They’re amazing. Fantastic. Tres delicious.

The Recipe

Blueberry Lemon Bars ~ My #BloggerClue Treat
 
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from Lawyer Loves Lunch
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24 bars
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1¾ sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch + 4 teaspoons water for dissolving
Instructions
  1. In saucepan, bring blueberries, sugar and water to boil; reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. I've always made this recipe with fresh blueberries because well, there's something about fresh blueberries! You can certainly use frozen blueberries but you may need to use less water since frozen berries tend to get a bit mushy when thawed.
  2. Whisk cornstarch with the 4 teaspoons of water until no cornstarch lumps remain. Whisk in cornstarch to blueberry mixture and boil, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice and lemon zest to blueberry mixture and mix. Pour mixture into a covered bowl. Refrigerate until cooled and bearing a consistency similar to that of a jam, about 1 hour or up to 1 day before using.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and baking soda. Add butter to form a crumbly mixture.
  4. Reserve 1½ cups of crumbs; pat remaining dough evenly into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Spread blueberry mixture over the base. Crumble reserved amount of the base/topping over the blueberry mixture.
  5. Bake at 350F until light golden, about 40-45 minutes. Let cool completely on rack before cutting.

    Clue-Society-LogoAs you know from the last several second Wednesdays of the month, the Blogger C.L.U.E. Society is a group of food bloggers who play a game together; sneaking around each other’s sites and surprising one another with the dishes we make from what we find. It’s our chance to have fun together and since you’re here, you get to be a part of the game. I’d love it if you’d take a minute and check out the other players. Heck, you may even find the person who got Taking On Magazines as their blog before I do. If you do discover who it was, let me know, okay?

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27 thoughts on “Blueberry Lemon Bars ~ My #BloggerClue Treat

  • December 16, 2015 at 11:54 pm
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    I didn’t know you two had connected way back when! So glad Azmina is in our group and I’m getting to know her, too. These bars look fabulous, Christiane!

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  • June 10, 2015 at 2:33 pm
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    FRIEND! I left a comment last month but it must've not gone through. Luckily, Kim linked to this post in her post this month so I was able to reread it. This is such a lovely post. You make my bars look so much better that I did. I can't believe we've been friends for so long (I mean, in real time, it's pretty much forever) ;) It's been such a joy getting to know you and your family (Hi Dudette!) and your food. I'm hopeful that one day, we'll get to hang out for realsies and eat TONS of good food!

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    • June 11, 2015 at 9:27 am
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      Hey there! I love that we've 'known' each other for this long, but hate that we live on opposite sides of the country. That just doesn't seem fair. Someday though, yes, we will have a weekend of fun and food.

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  • May 17, 2015 at 11:16 am
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    What a lovely post about your blogger I will be sure to return to her blog as I greatly enjoyed her CLUE posting as well. Your bars look absolutely beautiful and I am definitely saving the recipe for my next batch of blueberries!

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  • May 17, 2015 at 7:46 am
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    I love Azmina! I met her last time I was in SF, which was a while ago. She's as sweet and cute as she is in the Internet world.

    Love this recipe! Looks delicious.

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  • May 14, 2015 at 11:59 pm
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    We had very similar choices this month – I did Raspberry Oat Bars! Yours look and sound so tasty. I bet they did not last long around your house.

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  • May 14, 2015 at 6:26 pm
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    Blueberries and lemon in one recipe? I know this is a winner, especially if Azmina was the source. She was also one of the first friends I made when I started blogging and I can attest to the fact that she is just as sweet, nice and funny and person as she is in her blog. :)

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  • May 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm
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    I wish I knew she was on Masterchef so I could've cheered her on!! I am happy you tried her bars…these will be made here this weekend, they look fantastic!

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  • May 14, 2015 at 7:56 am
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    These definitely do look fantastic, I imagine I'd have to employ some major willpower if I had them in the kitchen!

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  • May 13, 2015 at 8:07 pm
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    A fun post! Those Blueberry Lemon Bars look amazing! Absolute perfection!

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  • May 13, 2015 at 6:49 pm
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    Blueberry season should be here soon (end of the month, probably). Pinning these for then!

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  • May 13, 2015 at 2:27 pm
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    Azmina is so funny… I love reading about the kids, and I can totally identify with exactly what she is saying. And sometimes I even miss having the wee ones!
    And you've chosen an ideal recipe to represent her! Two of my favorite girls in one spot… perfection!

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  • May 13, 2015 at 11:19 am
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    Azmina is hilarious and I love her blog too. Lucky you being assigned her blog this month.

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  • May 13, 2015 at 11:09 am
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    Yep, those do look amazing… What a great post! Love that you shared your history with Azmina….as well as those great Blueberry Lemon Bars.

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  • May 13, 2015 at 8:57 am
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    Blueberries and Lemons are such a great combo. And yes, those friendships we developed when we first started blogging are just the best.

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  • May 13, 2015 at 8:42 am
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    Hubby had for dinner last night and likely for brunch here this morning at work! Awesome, these are!

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  • May 13, 2015 at 7:53 am
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    My oh my those do look AMAZING!! Love the history with you and Azmina too – so sweet!! <3

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  • May 13, 2015 at 7:50 am
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    I didn't know you two had connected way back when! So glad Azmina is in our group and I'm getting to know her, too. These bars look fabulous, Christiane!

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    • May 14, 2015 at 8:02 am
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      Yup. Azmina was one of the first bloggers I fell in love with thanks to Foodbuzz. I love her humor (and food). :)

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