Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Peach Crumb Bars


I hate summer! Yeah, I said it. Summer in the south is insanely miserable. The record breaking heat, the stupid humidity, the nasty bugs (don't get me started on the cicadas this year), the blood-sucking mosquitoes, crappy TV shows, bathing suit season....I could go on. The only thing I like about summer? The season's bounty. Yep, that's right, the food. Fresh zucchini from the garden, corn on the cob, strawberries, watermelon and definitely peaches. I love peaches so when I saw this recipe on Brown Eyed Baker's website, I immediately had to make it. 

These peach bars tasted great, however the dough was really soft so it was kind of hard to eat with one hand. They reminded me of little squares of peach cobbler. Well, however you decide to gobble these up, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Peach Crumb Bars
Makes between 20-24 bars (depends on how you cut them)

The dough consists of:
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

The filling consists of:
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.

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.

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.



  1. LOL! I hate summer for all the same reasons as you Shannon! But this recipe sounds like GOOD Summer in a bowl!

  2. I love to make and eat crumb bars, but have never made peach. They look delicious! I think I'll make some this summer:) Good luck with your summer weather! I must admit, it's pretty great here on the central coast:)

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