Sep 14 2011

Peach Crumb Bars

Published by at 7:40 am under Food,Local food,Recipes

I absolutely love when I get a craving for something, Google the recipe and find one my favorite bloggers has a recipe for just the thing I’m looking for.  So, imagine how giddy I was to find that a search for “Peach bars” turned up Brown Eyed Baker and Annie’s Eats as two of the first three hits?  And then, for our What’s Baking Challenge, Dani from Cloud 8 1/2 made BEB’s version!  There’s no way all these ladies could be wrong.

And they weren’t–what a way to use up the last of our peaches.

Peach Crumb Bars
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker, originally from Smitten Kitchen and Allrecipes
Makes 16 bars

Crumb Dough:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Peach Filling:

  • 3 cups diced fresh peaches (about 5 peaches, peeled)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Heavy pinch of ground nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9×9-inch square baking pan.  In to the bowl of a food processor add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and pulse to combine. Add the butter in tablespoons, and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs then add the egg and pulse to combine. The dough will be crumbly. Pat half of the dough into the prepared pan. Place the pan and the remainder of the dough in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

Place the diced peaches in a large bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix gently. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour over the peaches and mix gently.

Spread the peach mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble the remaining dough over the peach layer.  Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

The reason for my Google search in the first place was to have a hand-held dessert that would use up my peaches but be portable and snacky enough for Maryland’s first football game of the year.  Turns out, these were too moist and crumbly to be great for eating out of hand but those same traits made for an amazingly soft-yet-crumbly dessert that needed a fork.  The spices are a nice touch but not so overwhelming–the peaches really do stand out there.

The next day, the rest of the world couldn’t stop talking about the Maryland football uniforms (fug or fab?) but, in our house, we couldn’t stop talking about these bars (definitely fab).

Ok, Greg was still mostly talking about the uniforms. But that’s only because there’s no controversy over whether peaches, sugar, butter and flour are fabulous!

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