Lemon Blueberry Bars

I have had many part time jobs in my life. Some were better than others but the one thing they all had in common was food. My first job was a banquet server at a special event hall. It was fun to set up for all the different weddings…but at 17, I was the youngest server by a good 40 years. And while I did hear a lot about the importance of fiber and Matlock, I did get to eat leftover wedding cake sometimes. So that job wasn’t too bad. My next job was cutting fruit at Edible Arrangements…where I sometimes had to work the 6pm to 6am shift cutting up melon in the shape of daisies. I started to feel nocturnal and the smell of cantelope still grosses me out to this day. Next I worked at a mostly vegetarian cafe where I learned some awesome recipes, but also had to go to the hospital for burning my hands so badly. It’s ok, these cookies were worth it. I then worked as a culinary intern at a fancy resort in Florida, where I acquired even more burns & a new love for seafood. Next up was a job working as a cook in my college’s cafeteria. There I learned exactly why everyone gains the freshman fifteen…in the dorm cafeteria “grilled chicken” actually means “fry it in a pound of butter while promising the students that it is very, very healthy.” But my favorite part time job by far was the summer I worked at Fou d’amour Catering & Pastries (formerly known as Just Delicious Catering.) It was here that I grew to love the world of catering, and why I eventually accepted my current full time job as a Catering & Events Manager. At Fou d’mour I got to decorate cupcakes, help with catering jobs & get to know their many “regulars” while running the front counter. I really loved going to work every day. And the smells coming from the ovens weren’t too bad either. Fou d’mour has the best scones I have ever had, but my personal favorite was their lemon blueberry flavor. My mom and I still like to visit on my days off so we can pick up some of those delicious scones, but today I decided to use them as inspiration for a baked good of my own. And these Lemon Blueberry Bars were the result. Buttery bars with a brownie like texture with fresh blueberries & a citrusy glaze. Doesn’t get much better. This is probably one of my favorite things featured on this blog, so please make them as soon as possible. You won’t regret it!

Ingredients: Makes 9 bars

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 1 whole lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Preparation:
  1. Cream butter & sugars together with an electric mixer
  2. Beat in eggs & vanilla
  3. Stir in lemon juice & zest
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder & salt
  5. Slowly add flour mixture into butter mixture
  6. Stir in blueberries
  7. Spread batter into a greased 13 x 9 inch pan (batter will be similar to that of cookie dough)
  8. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes
  9. In a small bowl, whisk powdered sugar & lemon juice together to form a lemon glaze
  10. After bars have cooled, drizzle with lemon glaze
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