Berry crumble bars

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Berry crumble bars

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 20 minutes plus 45+ minutes baking

Serves: 12

Ingredients

200g caster sugar
375g plain (all purpose) flour
1 tsp baking powder
200g butter
1 egg
100g caster sugar
1 tbsp cornflour
600g berries

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I’ve seen various fruity crumble bars and always thought they looked delicious. Now that it is berry season we’ve got lots of fruit in the house so I couldn’t resist making one for myself. We used a mixture of different berries but a lot of blueberries which has given it the lovely purple colour. Anything that is a little tart will work well to cut through the sweetness of the crumble.

My little chefs really enjoyed making it – they got to get their hands messy making the crumble and the rest of it was really simple. It’s definitely one we’ll be making again!

Method

Preheat your oven to 190C /180C Fan / and grease and line a 20x30cm tin with baking paper
Make the crumble

Get your child to measure the caster sugar (200g), flour (375g) and baking powder (1 tsp) and add to a large mixing bowl.

Measure the butter and chop it into small pieces. 

Add the butter to your bowl then get your kids to use their fingers to rub it in until it looks like breadcrumbs.

Finally, add the egg and give everything one last stir. If you’re kids are doing the egg, get them to break it into a small bowl first before adding to your mixture to make sure there is no stray shell.

Prepare the fruit

Get your child to measure the sugar (100g), cornflour (1 tbsp) and berries and add them to a separate bowl. Mix it all together so the fruit is well coated.

  

Make the berry crumble bars

Pour half of the crumble mixture into your prepared baking tin and press it down.

Add the berries to the top and spread over the crumble base.
Finally, add the remaining crumble topping on top.

Bake the berry crumble bars

Bake the bars in the oven for 45 minutes. They are ready when the top is brown and the middle no longer soggy.

Leave them to cool in the tin for a few minutes before removing from the tin and leaving to cool completely on a wire rack.

Cut into squares, serve and enjoy.

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