Curious Cooking Ramblings

Sunday, March 24, 2013

So I felt like something without chocolate today!!  *gasp from the audience*
I know, I know, this is very unlike me.  But warmed up, with a scoop of icecream on the side, it's so melt-in-your-mouth delicious, it'd be a shame to say "oh, but I felt like chocolate!"

Don't you wanna just take a big ol' gooey bite!?!? 
The recipe itself was a long and complicated proccess, but well worth it.  To start off I decided to double it.  Can you believe, it made both a 9x13 pan AND an 8x8 as well?!?!  You heard me!  I doubled it, so that's why it made that much. Originally I was going to just keep it simple and make one, but it said just an 8x8.  SO I thought I'd double it.  Four sticks of butter and six cups of blueberrys later....
Yes, I wouldn't recommend doing that.  Parituclarly if you don't have a pastry blender.  WOAH!  Four sticks of butter is not at all easy to cut in with a fork.  :(

Blueberry Oatmeal Squares

2 1/2 cups rolled oats (NOT Instant)
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter, cubed


3 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
4 tsp. cornstarch

Filling Directions:

In saucepan, bring blueberries, sugar and orange juice to boil; reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Whisk constarch with 2 tablespoons water; whisk into blueberries and boil, stirring until thickened, about 1 minute. Place plastic wrap directly on surface and refrigerate until cool, about one hour.

In a large bowl, whisk together oats, flour, sugar, orange rind and salt; with pastry blender, cut in butter until coarse crumbs. Press half into 8 inch square parchment paper-lined metal cake pan; spread with blueberry filling. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture,pressing lightly.

Bake in centre of 350°F oven until light golden, about 45 minutes. Let cool on rack before cutting into squares.

Make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.


One of my favorite parts of doing this was boiling the bluberries/sugar/orange juice. 

It was almost like a pie filling...Except ten times better!!!!!
Question for this post:  What are your favorite and least favorite things about cooking?
I would have to say one of my least favorite would be the dishes afterwards.  And it not turning out.  OH and having to use a fork to cut in butter.  ugh!
My favorite thing would be seeing the finished product, and sampling it, and seeing how others enjoy it!!!


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  1. My answer: you can make the yummiest dessert but you have to clean up your mess. I hate that part! That is a LOT of butter! WOW, 6 cups of blueberries? That is nuts!

    1. I know!!! I definitely won't be doubling it next time:) But it turned out well because we ended up giving some of them to a family.


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