Red and Blue Berry Pie Bars

Bursting with fruity deliciousness from raspberries and blueberries these Red and Blue Berry Pie Bars are the perfect sweet treat for a holiday gathering or summer party! Tried and tested crowd-pleaser!

 

 

First, I need to warn you all that this kind of treat is not for the faint-hearted! 🙂 Three sticks of butter in one recipe? Is this for real? Yes, that was my initial reaction when I first read this recipe. I immediately thought of reducing the butter/fat content in half – but then I had second thoughts – how can I adjust a recipe I haven’t even tried?

So, I set on doing it as faithfully as I can based on the original recipe. I thought to myself, I’d adjust, if necessary after I have given it at least one chance to prove itself worthy of all the calories loaded in it!

 

Berry Pie Bars

 

The Verdict!

It was worth every single drop of butter in it! Honestly, this is one of the most delicious dessert recipes I have ever tried.

Pie in a bar form? How can you ever go wrong? Besides, more or less 20 people agreed when I brought this yummy dessert to a friend’s birthday party!

It was gone like the wind. I thought that would be the ultimate test and it passed on all levels by 100 %.

 

Berry Pie Bars

 

The major plus in this super-delicious dessert is its fruit content – forget the butter – it’s all about the fruits now! 

Nearly 2 lbs of fresh fruits (about 6 cups) – mega-foods blueberries and raspberries! I won’t get into the details of how nutritious berries are, for you already know that, don’t you? You see, I made this in the summer when these fruits were in season in Michigan, hence, relatively cheaper than when they are out of season.

Of course, if you cannot find the fresh ones or they are too expensive (especially during winter time) then it is fine to use the frozen ones (just thaw them and drain well before using). Shall we say then that the fat content is balanced by a tremendous amount of fruits used in making this? I leave it to you my dear friends to decide!

All I’m saying is, do not be turned off by the amount of butter here! As with anything the key to perfect enjoyment is moderation! If you do so, you’ll enjoy the food and not feel guilty afterward. Will you promise to eat just one serving of this? 🙂

Now, let’s go to the recipe itself.

The recipe is adapted from Joy the Baker (so glad to have found this!) and it was based upon the recipe in the book – The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather. Wow, it has really come a long way, and has now reached the Philippine Islands via Manila Spoon! Blackberries were used for the original recipe but when I went to our local grocery what I found were lots of blueberries and raspberries so I used them instead. I opted for the multi-colored effect – Red raspberries and Blueberries. I thought it would look lovelier than a monochromatic approach. See the effect below on our finished product!

 

 

I will note below what my observations were when I made these. So when you make this yourself – you’ll know more or less what to expect. Overall, I think it’s a great recipe and I will make it again for our Summer entertainment with noting the adjustments I need to make. Enjoy!

NOTES ON INGREDIENTS FOR Red and Blue Berry Pie Bars

(RECIPE CARD FOR PRINTING BELOW)

For the Crust/Topping

  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar – I used white sugar.
  • Unsalted chilled/cold butter – make sure the butter is properly chilled before using
  • Salt
  • Zest of 2 Lemons – optional. I didn’t have any Lemons the first time I made this but it still came out good so it’s up to you if you wish to add these, too. I amm sure they will add some extra tangy yumminess. 

For the Filling

 

  • Eggs – bring eggs to room temperature first for better baking.
  • Sugar
  • Sour cream – You can go low-fat on this! I used the light one and it worked fine.
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Fresh or frozen berries (raspberries and/or blueberries or a combo), thawed and drained if frozen.  – If you want to use fresh berries use about 4-6 cups of your choice of berry or a combo of berries. I went for the full 6 cups as I love fresh berries in summer.

Procedure – PHOTO STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ARE ADDED HERE.

(RECIPE CARD FOR PRINTING FOLLOWS BELOW)

For the Crust/Topping:

Preheat the oven. Combine the flour and sugar in a bowl. A stand mixer with a paddle attachment would be handy for this. Add the chilled butter cubes and beat on medium speed until the butter is evenly distributed and the mixture is crumbly.

Since I didn’t have a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, I used a pastry blender to incorporate the cold butter with the flour and sugar mixture. It was not a problem at all!

 

 

The mixture should look crumbly like this.

 

 

Set aside about 1-1/2  cups of the mixture for the topping. Press the rest into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

For the  Berry Pie Filling

Whisk the eggs in a large bowl.  Add in the sugar, sour cream, flour, and salt and combine. Gently fold in the berries.

 

 

Carefully pour the mixture over the crust. Distribute the berries evenly on top.

 

 

Evenly distributed berries!

 

 

Sprinkle the reserved crust mixture on top of the filling. Distribute well.

 

 

Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Mine needed about a little over an hour. Oven temperature and heating capacity vary so adjust accordingly. One of our readers noted that the berries bubbled over – because the fruits are fresh and juicy this may happen so you can prevent this by using a cookie sheet for any spill-over.

I wanted a crumblier and crunchier crust so I placed it under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to achieve this. Watch out so that the top doesn’t burn!

Sophie couldn’t wait to try it!

 

 

Cool for least 2-3 hours before cutting into bars. Wait until it’s fully set so when you cut it it doesn’t drip unless you can’t wait and don’t mind that it crumbles – and that’s perfectly understandable! 

I actually imagined this more like a fruity crumble  (rather than a Bar cookie) reminiscent of the ones I had in England. So if you wish, you can serve it warm with ice cream on top!  Pure dessert heaven! Can anything be better than this as a summer dessert? I would have to think hard ’cause for now, this is on top of my list!

 

Full of fruity deliciousness are these Red and Blue Berry Pie Bars that are perfect for any special gathering or summer party! Tried and tested crowd-pleaser!

 

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Red and Blue Berry Pie Bars

Bursting with fruity deliciousness from raspberries and blueberries these Red and Blue Berry Pie Bars are the perfect sweet treat for a holiday gathering or summer party! Tried and tested crowd-pleaser!
Course Dessert, Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword berry crumble bars, berry pie bars, blueberry and raspberry crumble bars, blueberry and raspberry pie bars, blueberry pie bars, raspberry pie bars, red and blue berry pie bars, red white and blue berry bars, red white and blue berry pie bars
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 16 slices
Author Manila Spoon

Ingredients

For the Crust and Topping

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • cups unsalted chilled/cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch-cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 lemons, zested

For the Berry Pie Filling

  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream, light or full fat
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 oz each of 2 packages of frozen berries (raspberries and/or blueberries or a combo), thawed and drained (see notes if using fresh berries)

Instructions

For the Crust and Topping

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13-inch pan or baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Set aside. (See note below if you wish to use a jelly roll pan instead of a 9x13 pan).

  2. Combine the flour and sugar in a bowl. A stand mixer with a paddle attachment would be handy for this. Add the chilled butter cubes, salt and lemon zest, if using, and beat on medium speed until the butter is evenly distributed and the mixture is crumbly. Since I didn’t have a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, I used a pastry blender to incorporate the cold butter with the flour and sugar mixture. It was not a problem at all and the crumbly mixture was achieved.

  3. Set aside about 1-1/2 cups of the mixture for the topping. Press the rest into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

For the Berry Pie Filling

  1. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Add in the sugar, sour cream, flour, and salt and combine. Gently fold in the berries.
  2. Carefully pour the mixture over the crust. Distribute the berries evenly on top.
  3. Sprinkle the reserved crust mixture on top of the berry pie filling. Distribute well.

  4. Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Mine needed about a little over an hour. Oven temperature and heating capacity vary so adjust accordingly. One of our readers noted that the berries bubbled over – because the fruits are fresh and juicy this may happen so you can prevent this by using a cookie sheet for any spill-over.

  5. I wanted a crumblier and crunchier crust so I placed it under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to achieve this. Watch out so that the top doesn’t burn!
  6. Cool for least 2-3 hours before cutting into bars. Wait until it’s fully set so when you cut it it doesn’t drip unless you can’t wait and don’t mind that it crumbles – and that’s perfectly understandable! I actually imagined this more as a fruity crumble (rather than a Bar cookie) reminiscent of the ones I had in England. So if you wish, you can serve it warm with ice cream on top! Pure dessert heaven! Can anything be better than this as a summer dessert? I would have to think hard ’cause for now this is on top of my list!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: PLEASE READ! VERY IMPORTANT!

The original recipe which this was adapted from called for and recommended a 9x13 pan which I used (see photos). Please note that if you do that baking time would be much longer - about 1 hour, depending on the heat/temperature of your oven and this can vary so adjust accordingly. The bars would be thicker than usual because of the volume of the ingredients. But it would taste really good as this is a delicious recipe. The original recipe also called for about 6 cups of fresh berries, if you're using fresh berries and not the frozen ones.

Now, if you don't want thick bars - you may use a jelly roll pan like a 15-by-10-inch one or whichever jelly roll pan you have - a smaller size should be fine, too. Since this would be wider - use the full 6 cups of berries (if fresh) and 16 oz if the berries are frozen. Follow the exact same instructions but adjust the baking time. Check between 40-45 minutes to see if it's done.

 

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29 Comments

  1. December 3, 2012 / 8:52 pm

    This looks delicious Abby!
    BTW, the friend of mine you met was Rita.

    • December 5, 2012 / 2:22 am

      Thanks Ghie! Right, Rita, I remember now. She's so nice. I like her. Perhaps we should all meet up if she comes visit you here! That would be so nice!

  2. December 4, 2012 / 3:24 am

    I adore Joy The baker, absolutely best recipe! How did I miss it? This is on the top of my list, your daughter is just precious! Nettie

    • December 5, 2012 / 2:24 am

      Thanks, Nettie! I am so glad to have discovered her site as well. So full of yummy goodness! Glad you stopped by here!

  3. January 4, 2013 / 5:26 am

    This looks delicious! I ate something like this recently and had been thinking of making this ever since. Now I am really going to try this recipe 🙂

    • January 5, 2013 / 12:38 am

      Thanks, Sandhya! I love this dessert! I hope you love it too! Glad you came by.

  4. Kathy Brown-Lowery
    January 22, 2013 / 7:06 pm

    Could you suggest another fruit that I might use in place of the blueberries and raspberries?? Thanks so much

    • January 23, 2013 / 2:01 am

      Hi Kathy! Blackberries would be great for this and I can't imagine why you cannot use strawberries too. 🙂

  5. Anonymous
    February 4, 2013 / 9:50 pm

    What can I use instead of sour cream, or can I omit the sour cream all together?

    • February 6, 2013 / 4:44 pm

      Yogurt is a suitable replacement. It won't be as good without the cream so try replacing it with plain or greek plain yogurt instead.

  6. Anonymous
    February 8, 2013 / 12:31 am

    I have fresh strawberries & thawed frozen blueberries in my fridge at the minite just waiting to be turned into this lovely dessert. I'll be making it tomorrow. Thank you for sharing.

    Nadine Osborne

    • February 9, 2013 / 12:53 am

      My pleasure! I hope you enjoy this Nadine! We really love this dessert!

  7. Anonymous
    February 10, 2013 / 4:09 pm

    I made these & took them to a church dinner. Needless to say, I brought home only 4. They are delicious. I wouldn't make them every week, but for something special, I'll be making them again.

    • February 11, 2013 / 1:29 am

      Hi Nadine! It happened to me too the first time I tried the recipe but it was so good though that no one complained and I came back home with an empty dish! It's a great dessert for special occasions. Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Anonymous
    March 20, 2013 / 1:38 pm

    Kathy Brown Lowery, perhaps you could use rhubarb and strawberries…nice combination at this time of year.

    • March 23, 2013 / 1:14 am

      I haven't done anything with rhubarb, Kathy…perhaps you're right. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Anonymous
    July 16, 2013 / 10:31 pm

    May I have some, please? 🙂

  10. July 21, 2013 / 1:59 am

    Will certainly be making this next week for a family gathering!

  11. March 10, 2014 / 7:43 pm

    Alternatively, which gluten-free flour would you use instead? Almond or coconutu flour? How about the quantities suggested? Guess the proportions should differ a bit… thanks a lot in advance. I'll make this cake of yours for a Bday party very soon :))

    • November 12, 2014 / 1:11 am

      Sorry for the late reply. I have missed this for some reason. I haven't tried it with gluten-free flour but it's worth trying whatever brand you prefer. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. July 17, 2014 / 6:32 pm

    Hallo Abby, your berry pie bars looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing

    • November 12, 2014 / 1:09 am

      Thank you very much Diane. Hope you try it. 🙂

  13. November 6, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    That looks so delicious!! Beyond delicious!! I cannot wait to try them! I would be honored if you would consider stopping by our Foodie Fridays tonight and sharing the recipe with us…we go live at 9 pm EST! Pinning!

    • November 12, 2014 / 1:08 am

      Thanks, Michelle! I am a little late but perhaps next week. Thanks for stopping by.

    • November 12, 2014 / 1:11 am

      Thank you very much, Tara. Glad you stopped by.

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