These crumble bars, they look so good! As real scientists we wanted to peer review them. With our labcoats on (it’s so cold, why is it SO COLD. #science probably) we went to work on these crumble bars! The methodology calls for cranberries, but we didn’t have a lot of them. We had blueberries, but also not enough of those. With a little ‘EUREKA’ we combined them and that is how these crumble bars were born. We also threw an apple in there because it was chilling on the counter while not being very helpful in general. Giving purpose to a life (or fruit) is one of NDSM’s missions, after all. Now you can make these too! They’re easy and delicious, but they might fall apart *sadface*. First step: Preheat the oven to 190 degrees °C (375 degrees °F). Grease a pan (9×13 inch, or whatever proportionate size you have is fine).
- 200 g white sugar
- 5 g baking powder
- 375 g all-purpose flour
- 200 g butter
- 1 egg
- zest of one lemon
- pinch of salt
Mix the dry ingredients together with the lemon zest. Add the egg and chop the butter into the mixture with two knives (or a fancy pastry cutter thing if you have one). Your trusted scientist also used her hands, so that works too. Mix until it looks like the above picture. Filling
- 580 g fresh (or frozen, no judgement) blueberries/cranberries/apple
- Lemon juice
- 100 g white sugar
- 8 g cornstarch
Mix all of the above together. Add whatever fruit you want, really – but not too much of the runny kind maybe. If your filling is unexpectedly runny, add some flour to make the filling sturdier. Take a stand against soggy fillings!
Push half of the crumble into the bottom of the pan. Make it firm! It needs to be a sturdy bottom for your crumble bars. Add filling on top. Sprinkle the remaining crumble on top. Slide it into the oven and leave it there for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.
Now this is crucial: Let it cool down completely before you slice them up. No really! NO TOUCHING. STOP. Control yourself, please. Show some self-restraint! If you want to eat the whole thing in one go, you don’t have to let it cool down though. Just a suggestion. Now inhale it!
Conclusion: Very good taste. Very good crumble. Slightly soggy filling. Cranberries are not very delicious. This scientist did not manage to cut them into neat bars, but that’s ok, they still taste great!