Blackberry Pie bars, anyone? Ok, before I get to those, I’m tickled pink to be able to share some EXCITING NEWS! One of my dear friends (and fellow southern hostess with the mostess), Aimee Broussard, has written her second book – Picnics, Potlucks, & Porch Parties! Pretty much the perfect book for all party lovers! You might know her as the author of the The Traveling Apron Cookbook (also a fave of mine)! Aimee is a fellow football-loving party gal who loves to add southern touches to all her parties! I’m sharing a recipe from her new book for blackberry pie bars AND some big news: she’s going to be on QVC this Wednesday (details below) + a fabulous giveaway that you don’t want to miss!
Now that I’m getting settled in my new house, I’ve quickly learned that my porch is my favorite place to relax. So naturally, I’m already dreaming up lots of porch parties! Aimee’s book covers everything from party and menu plans to beverages, brunches, main dishes, sides, salads, desserts…you get the idea! It’s full of so many recipes that I can’t wait to try! I shall deem this the summer of PORCH PARTIES! Of course, these recipes are perfect for tailgating get-togethers, backyard parties, school events, etc. Plus, it makes the perfect gift!
First up, trying these Blackberry Pie Bars! How delish?! I recently discovered a blackberry bush near my house that I’m currently stalking so I can pick them fresh from the vine and make these bars!
- 1 1/2 cup sugar, divided
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, cold & cubed
- 1 egg
- zest and juice of one lemon
- 1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries (can use frozen)
- 4 teaspoons cornstarch
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a 9x13 baking pan with non-sticking cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, flour, salt and lemon zest. Using a pastry blender, incorporate the cubed butter and egg into the dry ingredients until it's crumbly.
- In another bowl, combine the lemon juice, cornstarch and remaining sugar. Gently toss with blackberries. Pat half of the dough mixture into the pan. Top with blackberries, then crumble over the rest of the dough.
- Bake until the top is golden brown, approximately 35-40 minutes. Let them cool completely, then place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. Cut into small bars and garnish with homemade whipped cream and mint (optional).
Aimee will be on QVC this Wednesday, May 18th from 7-9pm CST! So be sure to grab yourself a drink (or champagne, whatever, we don’t judge), and tune in! The books are available exclusively through QVC until next week and then in major retailers nationwide. So be sure to snag a copy – or 2 – from QVC before they sell out!
Because this book is just oh so fabulous, Aimee decided we should give away some goodies to a lucky reader! What kind of goodies, you wonder? Don’t forget to enter below!
Copy of Picnics, Potlucks, and Porch Parties
Le Creuset 2.1 qt round casserole (it matches the book!)
$50 Visa gift card
Hand illustrated Picnic shopper tote designed by KoriClarkDesigns.com exclusively for Picnics, Potlucks & Porch Parties (perfect for bringing home your groceries in style!).
Visit AIMEEBROUSSARD.COM for weekly recipes and party ideas with a side of Southern hospitality! ;)