Berry Pecan Crumble Bars - Weekend at the Cottage

Berry Pecan Crumble Bars

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. To prepare the berries: If using fresh berries, cut larger berries into smaller pieces. If using frozen fruit, thaw in fridge overnight or place them in a large colander and let thaw for a couple of hours at room temperature, then cut larger berries into smaller pieces. Drain well.
  3. In a large bowl, mix berries with sugar, flour, cornstarch, lemon juice and vanilla. Set aside.
  4. To prepare the crust: In another bowl, stir together oats, oat flour, pecan meal, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add softened butter and mix with a fork or your hands until it becomes a crumble-like mixture. Stir in egg until well combined and the crumble becomes sticky.
  5. Pat two-thirds of the crumble crust into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  6. Arrange the berry mixture evenly over the crust. Sprinkle with remaining crumble over berry layer. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is slightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into mini bars or squares.
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A rich oat crust topped with a melange of berries finished with a rolled oat crumble crust…

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    60 MIN
  • 12 SERVINGS
Berry Pecan Crumble Bars

Wait! Did someone say BERRY PECAN CRUMBLE BARS? We’re in!

As faithful followers of Weekend at the Cottage know, we’re big fans of making time count when we spend it with friends and family. A few weeks back we welcomed our dear friend Fina Scroppo up for a few days. She started baking and we started wishing her visit would never end!

I met Fina years ago and we instantly got to talking about food, recipes and entertaining. Fina is the author of The Healthy Italian, a deliciously captivating cookbook packed with over 150 recipes. Head HERE to visit Fina’s WEBSITE or visit our Amazon links below to purchase her wonderful cookbook.

Fina arrived at the cottage ready to make a treat, and this recipe for BERRY PECAN CRUMBLE BARS is a keeper. You won’t find it in her cookbook though, so I suggest you PIN the recipe to a favourite dessert board or BOOKMARK this page for easy access. Carol and I agree that we’ll both be making this easy crumble recipe, again and again, it’s so good.

Here’s what makes Fina’s BERRY PECAN CRUMBLE BARS so perfect.

Ingredients for the crust

HUMBLE CRUMBLE

You might be surprised by the simplicity of the ingredients featured in the photo, but don’t be – everything is readily available at your local grocer or bulk food store, including these two things worth mentioning, oat flour and pecan meal.

Crumble topping

The oat flour gives the bars a rich colour and texture while the pecan meal adds a great nuttiness that plays so well off the berries. Fina’s expert tip on the pecan meal is to pulse pecan bits in a food processor to get that fine meal look, though I’ll use my mom’s vintage nut grinder next time I make them. You’ll have great success with either technique.

Ingredients for the layer of berries

VERY BERRY

Never one to miss an opportunity, Fina calls for the use of three berries – strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Yes, you’ll actually pick up the flavour notes of the three varieties in each bite, but I’ll also give Fina props for the colour combination that shines through when you cut this treat into bars. Stunning!

Berry Pecan Crumble Bars

WAIT FOR IT!

I’m always game to learn new things whenever I make something for the first time. The takeaway from this recipe is to let the berries sit for a bit to macerate. What does that mean? The berries release their juices once they’re mixed with the lemon juice, sugar, vanilla and cornstarch.

Berry Pecan Crumble Bars just out of the oven

Another key step is to strain the berries from the juice before placing them onto the pastry base. This keeps the base from getting all mushy and soggy. Who knew? Fina did, and we’re thankful she shared these key tips.

Berry Pecan Crumble Bars

BOTTOM’S UP!

Both Carol and I love the way Fina kept this recipe purposefully easy by using the same dough mix for both the base and top. Two-thirds of the dough is first packed firmly into the baking dish as the base while the remaining third is then crumbled and sprinkled over the berries as the topping. Double the fun and half the work!

Individeual Berry Pecan Crumble Bars

After the BERRY PECAN CRUMBLE BARS were baked, then came the tough part – waiting. Fina suggested we let them cool, then wrap and refrigerate them overnight. Her call was spot on because the next day those scrumptious BERRY PECAN CRUMBLE BARS disappeared in no time.

There you have it, a stellar recipe that delivers memorable flavours with just a little effort. Heartfelt thanks to our dear friend Fina Scroppo – hurry back!

Berry Pecan Crumble Bars served

UPDATE! Forgot to mention that both Carol and Fina left the day after we created this story and recipe. Being the dutiful host that I am, I packed up a few bars for them to take home and Carol called me en route, though it was tough to understand her. “Nik, these are so amazing, I can’t stop eating them!” she said through a mouthful. So take it from Carol – these BERRY PECAN CRUMBLE BARS travel well. Make ‘em and take ‘em along on your next road trip!

BERRY PECAN CRUMBLE BARS – easy, tasty and wonderful!

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Berry Pecan Crumble Bars

Ingredients

  • For the berry mixture:
  • 3 cups fresh mixed berries OR 600g of frozen mixed berries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • For the crumble crust:
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup pecan meal
  • ¾ cup golden yellow sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. To prepare the berries: If using fresh berries, cut larger berries into smaller pieces. If using frozen fruit, thaw in fridge overnight or place them in a large colander and let thaw for a couple of hours at room temperature, then cut larger berries into smaller pieces. Drain well.
  3. In a large bowl, mix berries with sugar, flour, cornstarch, lemon juice and vanilla. Set aside.
  4. To prepare the crust: In another bowl, stir together oats, oat flour, pecan meal, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add softened butter and mix with a fork or your hands until it becomes a crumble-like mixture. Stir in egg until well combined and the crumble becomes sticky.
  5. Pat two-thirds of the crumble crust into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  6. Arrange the berry mixture evenly over the crust. Sprinkle with remaining crumble over berry layer. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is slightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into mini bars or squares.

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