Blackberry Coconut Bars

Blackberry Coconut Bars

Today was stinkin’ hot.  Super stinkin’ hot.  I simply do not do well in the heat.  It drains.  It discourages.  It makes me overly dramatic.  Insert long miserable sigh here.

I cleaned my tile shower today.  Deep cleaned.  Do you have any idea how not exciting that is??  Then I straightened the kitchen.  That didn’t raise the excitement meter even one degree.  I was having daydreams of a tropical paradise where I was most decidedly currently not at as I scraped my grout and filled my dishwasher.  I saw swaying palm trees in my mind’s eye, cool breezes and coconuts.  Lots of coconuts.  They are my segueway back to reality in my stinkin’ hot but clean kitchen.    I made some Blackberry Coconut Bars.  They are not as good as a trip to Bali but they will take your mind off your grout for a few minutes.

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Blackberry Coconut Bars

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 stick  (1/2 cup)  butter, softened

1 egg

1 tablespoon milk

1/2 cup seedless blackberry jelly

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix flour and baking powder in a bowl.  Mix in butter until crumbly.  Add egg and milk.  Spread batter in 8 inch square baking dish.  Cover with jelly and then with topping.

Topping

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1 egg

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1 cup frozen flaked coconut, thawed

Stir sugars and egg together.  Add butter and coconut.  Spread on top of jelly. Bake for 30 – 35  minutes.  Let cool slightly and then cut into squares.

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With no end in sight to the heat, I’m already planning my next tropical treat.  It will be cold and refreshing and a pleasant distraction from the current conditions in Georgia. I’m ready for some cooler temperatures and less humid weather.  How about you?

*Bonus Chupa photo.  He’s an inquisitive and funny fellow.

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