Friday, October 17, 2014

Grape crumble bars


Beautiful Friday morning with the whole day ahead of me, my hands were itching to do some baking. It just so happened that two of my friends' birthdays are this Sunday, and we will be giving them a mini surprise later today. This seemed reason enough to bake up something yummy for them!

For those who know me personally, you will know that my kitchen is literally just a piece of "decor", existing for the sake of it. My family hardly cooks so there is always next to nothing in the pantry/fridge, aside from ready-made stuff like bread and cheese etc. So with such limited ingredients, (I'm eternally broke so there's no chance of hopping over to the supermarket nearby to buy ingredients) I decided to tweak some recipes to suit what I had at home!

Thus results in this lovely grape crumble bar!
(original recipe called for blackberries but of course I didn't have those at home)


What you need:

(Crumble)

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • one cup of all-purpose flour
  • half a cup of brown sugar

(Bar)

half a cup of unsalted butter at room temperature

  • half a teaspoon of salt
  • half a teaspoon of baking powder
  • one cup of confectioners' sugar
  • half a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • two eggs
  • a bowl of grapes, halved


Method:

(Crumble)

1. Microwave the butter for about 30 seconds to melt it.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, and a quarter of a teaspoon of salt.




3. Add flour, and mix with a fork until large moist crumbs form.

4. Refrigerate topping until ready to use.


(Bar)

1. Pre-heat your oven to 176°C.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together three-quarters of a cup of flour, baking powder, and a quarter of a teaspoon of salt.

3. In a large bowl, beat room-temperature butter, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. You can use an electric mixer or your hands (which I did and it was rather rewarding hehe)

4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

5. Reduce speed to low (if you are using an electric mixer) and mix in the flour mixture, until a nice, thick batter forms.



6. Spread batter evenly in pan.



7. Sprinkle halves grapes on top (evenly) ((if you wish))



8. Cover with chilled topping! Try to let every part of the batter be covered.

9. Bake for 45 minutes, or until top is golden brown and the "toothpick test" comes out clean! :-)



Disclaimer: I personally feel that baked grapes are an acquired taste. I will definitely try this with berries next time and hope they taste more...balanced!

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