The Baker Upstairs: peach crumb bars


peach crumb bars


As a rule, Geoff is fairly opposed to fruit in desserts. I think he views fruit as a healthy food, and therefore thinks it has no business ruining his dessert. If some fruit is going to sneak its way in, it had better be blueberries. I, on the other hand, love fruit, sometimes eat just plain fruit for dessert, and am especially partial to peaches. Every year, Geoff's mom gives us all the peaches off her trees, and we can several dozen jars to eat all year round... yum! A few days ago I decided that I needed a little taste of summer in this unending non-winter that we seem to be having. (Seriously. It won't snow, and it's always around 40 degrees and gray outside. I think the weather needs to decide to be either spring or winter, instead of this weather purgatory we seem to be stuck in.) I pulled out two jars of peaches, threw together the crumb crust, and baked up some heaven. So, so, so good!

Peach Crumb Bars
Brown Eyed Baker

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold
1 egg, lightly beaten

For the Filling:
5 cups diced or sliced peaches (about 7 peaches, peeled)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.

For the Dough: In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter, and then the egg. 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.

For the Filling: Place the diced (or sliced) 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 minutes, or until the top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.
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  1. yum. i love desserts with peaches. i'll have to try these!

  2. I have apricots and will see how this turns out. Sounds yummy!

  3. I made a plum version this morning and it was wonderful! I've linked to your recipe on my blog post.


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