Blueberry Crumb Bars

Blueberry Crumb Bars

1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup shortening
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 pinch ground cinnamon (optional)
4 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
3 teaspoons cornstarch

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, and
    baking powder. Mix in salt and cinnamon, if desired. Use a fork or
    pastry cutter to blend in the shortening and egg. Dough will be
    crumbly. Pat half of dough into the prepared pan.

  3. In another bowl, stir together the sugar and cornstarch. Gently
    mix in the blueberries. Sprinkle the blueberry mixture evenly over
    the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.

  4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly
    brown. Cool completely before cutting into bars.