June 12, 2016
My husband’s family moved from northern Quebec to St. Catharine’s Ontario for the love of peaches. Legend has it his Grandparents packed up the bakery, loaded the truck, summoned the nine children and moved to the fruit belt of Ontario. Peach pies, preserves and baskets of ripe peaches seasoned the fruit basket. My Mother-in-Law baked up the most delicious Peach Pies. My first was 22 years ago and every summer at the picnic BBQ sits two or three. These Smoked Peach Crumble Bars celebrate my loving Pa-in-Law.
I smoked these peaches with real fire—a fire that concentrated the sugars, and highlighted the buttery texture of the shortbread crumble. Try it yourself by looking through the How to Smoke Baking Ingredients. If not, Liquid Smoke is an acceptable alternative, or skip the smoke all together, but choose these Peach Crumble Bars for their deliciousness. They scream summer on green grass, breezy Willow trees, laughing children and seated family on lawn chairs. These Smoked Peach Crumble Bars are for you Maurice, in your honour for Father’s Day. You are my gentle and kind, very loving Pa. I made them in gratitude for your constance and goodness. A genuine man you are, who inspires strength and propels us forward.
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