Blackberry Gathering by Elizabeth Forbes
as seen on Google Arts & Culture
2 C. Blackberries, defrosted if frozen
2 T. Sugar
2 T. Water
Zest and juice from ½ lemon
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 C. whole-wheat flour
1 C. Rolled Oats
½ C. packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon, plus more for dusting
¼ tsp. baking soda
8 T. butter, melted
“These bars give you a healthy, quick, satisfying breakfast alternative. Who am I kidding, they’re fabulous any time! They’re simple and wholesome, much like the simplicity and wholesomeness portrayed in Blackberry Gathering.
I’d love to be with that Mom and her daughters, picking fresh blackberries, feeling the wind, and tasting them as we move along. A simpler time.”
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 8 X 8 baking pan with cooking spray.
TO MAKE THE FILLING:
In a large saucepan, combine blackberries, sugar, water, lemon zest, lemon juice and cinnamon. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat. Simmer, stirring regularly, for 10 minutes or until the blackberries are breaking down and taking on a sauce-like appearance. Filling will be thin. Remove from heat. Set aside.
TO MAKE THE OAT MIXTURE:
In medium bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and baking soda. Add butter. Stir until well combined.
Press half oat mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool slightly. Spread blackberry filling evenly over crust. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture. Using your hands, gently press the oat mixture into the filling. Bake for 20 minutes until copping is golden. Cool completely. Cut into 16 bars.