Oh, and can you possibly guess where this recipe came from? Again, the Junior League of Houston's Peace Meals has delivered one of my favorite recipes. I have shared a couple of recipes, but I promise you this one is worth owning. So you should probably buy it here, and you can thank me later.
Blackberry Shortbread Bars
Adapted from Junior League of Houston's Peace Meals
Make sure and drain the extra water and juice out of the bag when you thaw the blackberries. I didn't do this the first time and the middle layer was a little bit soupy (but still tasty). Two other keys to making this work. Make sure the butter is very cold when you add it. I actually put mine in the freezer after I cut it into cubes to keep it extra cold. This helps make a good crumbly crust. You also want to fit your food processor with the metal blade so that it cuts through the butter and again helps with the crumbly crust.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled
2 eggs, whisked
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
16 ounces frozen blackberries, thawed
Step by Step
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with butter or cooking spray; set aside. Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor for about 45 seconds. Cut the butter into 1/2-inch cubes and process with the flour mixture for 30 seconds or until the butter is evenly distributed but the mixture is still crumbly. Reserve 2 cups of the crust mixture to use for the topping. Press the remaining crust mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown; allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before adding the filling.
Combine the eggs, sugar, sour cream and flour in a large bowl. Fold in the blackberries. Spoon the fruit filling evenly over the crust and sprinkle the reserved crust mixture over the filling. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. Let cool for at least 1 hour before cutting into bars.