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Lemon Thyme Blueberry Bars

Lemon Thyme Blueberry Bars

" I would definitely recommend starting an herb garden if you have not already."

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I decided to try out adding an herb to the mix to change up my typical fruit/streusel combo. Fresh herbs work really well in desserts. The earthy and bright tones of many herbs pair beautifully with the sweetness of desserts, especially those with fruit! Here, I paired blueberries and thyme, but other interesting combinations are strawberries and basil, or peaches and rosemary. Incorporating citrus in baked desserts is great, too, because the citrus can help cut the sweetness.

Being able to harvest herbs just outside my house has made delicious desserts both convenient and easy. I would definitely recommend starting an herb garden if you have not already. Many herbs grow bountifully and fast, and this allows you to make herb-based food products (pesto!!) in large quantities and freeze it. I used fresh thyme from our garden in the streusel portion of this recipe.

Prepping your Lemon Thyme Blueberry Bars

Here are some important things to consider for this recipe. First make sure your butter is cold! This is key to ensure you have a “crumble” like consistency versus a “crisp” consistency. Feel free to put the base/topping ingredients in the food processor, but in my tiny apartment kitchen I am a little limited equipment-wise, so I just used my hands! You are looking to work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles crumbles the size of peas. Make sure the bars have completely come to room temperature before removing them from the pan so that they stay together. The Smart Baker Perfect Parchment 8x8 Square size works perfect for this recipe, because you can easily pick up the sides of the parchment once the bars have cooled. You will have clean edges on the bars, not to mention a super easy cleanup!

Prepping your pan for Lemon Thyme Blueberry Bars

 Lemon Thyme Blueberry Bar Stack


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