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VERY BERRY BROWNIE CRUMBLE

Ingredients

Filling and topping ingredients:

  • 1 bag frozen mixed berry blend of your choice
  • 1/4 C Sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 C rolled oats
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 7 tbsp butter softened

For the brownies:

  • 12 oz bag of chocolate chips
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 C all purpose flour

Instructions

Prepare the filling :

  • Combine fruit, sugar, and lemon juice in pot on stovetop. Cook over medium heat, bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, cook , stirring until juice is reduced, about 10 minutes.  In separate bowl, mix water and corn starch.  Add mixture to berries and cook until thickened. Remove from heat and add extracts. Allow to cool while making brownie batter and topping. 

Assemble the topping:

  • Combine topping ingredients in a bowl , then add in butter and mix until blended and crumbly. Refrigerate until ready to use. 

Make the brownies:

  • Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9×13 pan with butter/olive oil spray to prevent sticking. Then, melt chocolate and butter in saucepan on stove top.  Remove from heat and add sugars.  Whisk in eggs and extracts. Add flour  and pinch of salt , mix thoroughly. 

Assemble the layers:

  • Spread batter in prepared pan. Top with berry filling, then top the filling with the oat mixture. Bake until tester comes out clean- about 40-45 minutes. Cool about 20 minutes and cut into squares. 
  • Bake this in a disposable pan, and send off with your favorite college student, deliver to a neighbor, or serve at a picnic.