Lemon berry blondie bars

Almost a year ago we loaned Kipper’s old car seat and stroller to some friends who were expecting their first baby. When I ran into the Mum and not-so-little Baby at the shops last month, I realised we were VERY overdue for a catch-up, and we invited them round for tea. Time to get baking! But what to make?

It’s so easy to loose touch with people, especially when you’re busy with children. In this case, the Dad used to be a colleague of DH, but shortly after his son’s birth he moved on to pastures new. They only live a couple of miles away, but it took nearly a year for us to get together for tea. Outrageous.

Under the circumstances, I wanted to make something a bit special. I’d been craving lemon (no idea why) and also wanted to use up some of the white chocolate left over from decorating Kipper’s birthday cake. I decided to make something with a firm texture, hoping to minimise the crumbs produced by small people (and messy big people) eating cake. And of course I couldn’t help adding some frozen mixed berries in a vain attempt to make the recipe slightly healthier! 

The end result was these fabulous lemon berry blondie bars. Squidgy, sweet, tart and studded with vibrant and delicious berries, they went down a storm! I have made a mental note to invite long-lost friends round for tea more often 😀

This recipe made 12 blondie bars, although of course you could cut them bigger or smaller. Use frozen berries if possible, as they are less likely to leach colour into the cake batter when stirred in.

Squidgy, sweet, tart & studded with delicious berries, these lemon-scented blondie bars are a quick & easy tea-time treat the whole family will enjoy.

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Lemon berry blondie bars
Yields 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
178 calories
23 g
43 g
8 g
3 g
5 g
57 g
24 g
15 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
57g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178
Calories from Fat 73
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
13%
Saturated Fat 5g
24%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 43mg
14%
Sodium 24mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 15g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
14%
Calcium
4%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 50g butter or margarine
  2. 150g white chocolate
  3. 80g caster sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 125g plain flour
  6. zest and juice of a lemon
  7. 100g mixed berries (frozen if possible) - I used blackberries, raspberries & blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 190C. Line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment.
  2. Melt the butter and white chocolate together, either in the microwave, or over a pan of simmering water. Stir well to combine. Stir in the sugar and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Beat in the eggs and mix well. Add the flour and lemon zest and juice, and stir to combine.
  4. Finally, add the berries and gently fold in, trying not to damage the berries too much.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake and 190C for around 25 minutes, until just cooked and beginning to brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before cutting into bars.
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calories
178
fat
8g
protein
3g
carbs
23g
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I’m linking these yummy blondies up to the following foodie link-ups:
CookBlogShare, hosted this week by Sneaky Veg
Simply Eggcellent, hosted by Belleau Kitchen

 

32 Comments:

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  2. ooooh, don’t thee look great. Love the lemon and berry together and I love how the berries have burst into the cake mix…. so lovely and perfect for Simply Eggcellent, thank you x

  3. blondies are slowly creeping above brownies on my list of favourites. Might try these for my family’s next movie night #cookblogshare

  4. Oh these look so good! Great tip about using frozen berries too, I’m going to try this. Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare this week x

  5. Oh, I’m going to have to try these! They look so delicious, and not too difficult to make. PInning! #cookblogshare

  6. Ooh yum, I love anything flavoured with fresh lemon! The tray bake looks delicious, I can certainly see why it went down a storm. #cookblogshare

  7. Wow! These blondie bars would disappear quickly at my house. I love lemon and berries together and you have it all going on splendidly in this treat! 🙂

  8. Lemon and blueberry is a favorite flavor combination in my house.

  9. I love the taste of lemon. It adds such a freshness to whatever is made. I especially like it in desserts. Great recipe! Thank you for sharing.

  10. Oh my Helen, can I come round for tea? I’ve made raspberry blondies and they are fabulous, but I adore your use of lemon to cut through that sweetness.

  11. I love lemon and berry together but I’m not much of a baker. Just a major eater of baked goods. This looks doable though and very, delicious. Can’t wait to try it!

  12. These look great and really easy to make! I’m a bit useless at baking but I’ll try these 🙂

  13. Yummy! Lemon flavoured bakes are the best (after almonds) x

  14. I really need to make more lemon desserts. They are perfect for spring time.

  15. I LOVE the combination of lemon and berries – always tastes so bright and wonderful!!

  16. oh they look lovely! I’m made brownies but never blondies, lush

  17. Now you have me wanting to get in the kitchen and bake! Sounds yummy 🙂

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