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Blackberry Breakfast Bar

Oh September you are here again.  In so many ways you are my favorite month and in so many other ways you are my least favorite.  September means birthday, always a good thing, and it also means that the killer heat is almost over.  However September also means that traffic is about to get hellacious again and that winter is just around the corner.  I HATE traffic, I LOATH traffic, I DESPISE traffic.  Every summer people flee the city, and the traffic drops down to a much more tolerable level.  My 13 mile commute will take 30minutes, which is still insane but it’s doable.  However school is now in session so everyone has returned from their various vacation homes, and they are once again clogging the roads.  This means that my commute is now closer to an hour…NOT fun!  The cure for traffic insanity?  A nice yummy breakfast 🙂  As mentioned before, I am not a breakfast person.  Breakfast would subtract about 30minutes of much needed sleep from my schedule, and that’s just not advisable.  However I’m a big fan of breakfasts that either cook themselves (hello bread machine) and breakfasts that can be done the night before and then heated up right before heading out.  This recipe is an example of the latter, and it’s delicious!

Ingredients:
For Dough:
1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
2 tbsp cold water
1 tsp salt
For Filling:1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 cups blackberries (or raspberries, or blueberries, or a mix of any of these)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Using a large bowl dump in flour, sugar, butter and salt. Mix until dough starts to come together and slowly add water until dough is just moist.
3. Press half of the dough into the bottom of a 9×13 pan Set aside the remaining dough.
 Bake the dough for 10 minutes then let cool for 10 minutes.
4. In a new bowl mix the applesauce, sugar, and flour together. Slowly fold in the blackberries. Pour the blackberry mixture over the baked crust and spread evenly.
5. Sprinkle the reserved dough on top of the blackberry mixture and bake for 50-60 minutes.

The other downside of September?  The end of blackberry season.  However September does have an upside to counter that: the start of APPLE season!  Which means it’s time for apple pie, apple chip cookies, smoke apple risotto, and other delicious recipes that will keep the doctor away

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