PEACH CRUMBLE BARS

PEACH CRUMBLE BARS
June 12, 2016 Kimberlie

PEACH CRUMBLE BARS

Peach Crumble Bars, The Finer Cookie.

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.

This recipe was slightly adapted from the recipe on Sweet Pea Kitchen. Christina has created a beautiful website with great looking recipes. Check it out!

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  • Makes 24 bars

    INGREDIENTS FOR THE CRUMBLE

  • 3 cups (13.5 ounces/375 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (7 ounces/198 grams) Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) (8 ounces/227 grams) unsalted butter, cold and diced
  • 1 (50 grams) lightly beaten egg
  • INGREDIENTS FOR THE PEACH FILLING

  • 5 cups diced smoked peaches (about 7 peaches, peeled) smoke optional
  • liquid smoke to taste (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup (2.2 ounces/63 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (4 ounces/113 grams) Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

MISE EN PLACE FOR THE CRUMBLE

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  • Grease the bottom and sides of a 9” X 13” glass or light-colored metal baking pan.
  • Cut a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.)
  • Grease the parchment too.
  • Measure the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in the bowl of a mixer. Stir to combine.
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    Measuring flour.

  • Measure the cold butter and return it to the fridge. Remove one egg.
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    Measuring butter.

MIS-EN-PLACE FOR THE PEACHES

  • Set a of water on the stove and bring it to a boil.
  • Set an ice bath to the side of the stove.
  • Fetch alarge Asian wok strainer wok strainer or large handheld skimmer strainer .
  • Set ahttps://buy.geni.us/Proxy.ashx?TSID=8377&GR_URL=http%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2F1tosrLj" rel="nofollow"> clean tray for the peeled peaches.
  • Cut an X at the bottom of each peach and set aside.
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    Cut peaches.

  • Once the water is boiling, drop as many peaches as will fit comfortably and simmer for 30-60 seconds.
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    Blanching peaches.

  • Remove the peaches from the boiling water and set into the ice bath.
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    Peaches in an ice bath.

  • Repeat with any remaining peaches
  • Starting at the cut cross hatch, peel the skin of the peaches and set on a tray
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    Peeling peaches.

  • Measure and combine the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Optional: Smoke the peeled peaches. See How to Smoke Baking Ingredients. .
  • Cut the peaches into medium size dice and set in a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle and gently blend the lemon juice and the peaches.

ASSEMBLING THE PEACH CRUMBLE BARS

  • If using a stand mixer , fit the paddle otherwise ready your hand mixer.
  • Add the diced butter to dry ingredients and toss to coat.
  • Mix on low speed until the texture resembles a course meal.
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    Butter broken and coated with flour.

  • Add egg and mix on medium-low speed until butter pieces no larger than small peas. Divide the dough in half
  • Pat half of dough (15.25 ounces/437 grams) into the prepared pan.
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    Shortbread crumble pressed into the prepared pan.

  • Set the other half of the crumble to the side.
  • Finish the peach filling by gently tossing the diced peaches with the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg mixture. Mix gently.
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    Crumble mixture over diced peaches.

  • Spread the peach mixture evenly over the crust.
  • Crumble the remaining dough over the peach layer.
  • Bake in preheated 375ºF oven for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown.
  • Cool completely on wire rack then transfer to the refrigerator to chill before cutting into squares.
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    Peach Crumble Bars, The Finer Cookie.

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

19 Comments

  1. Wendy Klik 4 months ago

    I would just love one (or three) of these bars.

  2. Sarah Reid, CNP 4 months ago

    My coworker LOVES peach crumble, I can’t wait to try this for her!

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Let me know how she likes them. I’m expecting they’ll be a hit. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. These look wonderful. I love the idea of smoking the peaches. I imagine it gives it another great layer of flavor.

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      The smoke give an unexpected flavour. First bite the eyes open wide. Second bite, they’re hooked!

  4. Ninja Baker & Baking 4 months ago

    Love the history to your Peach Crumble Bars <3 Very much appreciate the tip on how to peel peaches, too. Your dessert is indeed a grand ending to a summer picnic (or any meal!)

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Thanks. What a nice comment.

  5. Laura Dembowski 4 months ago

    OMG! These bars seriously look so good. I was just posting about how I am always up for a good peach bar.

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Ripe peaches are amazing. I love them too.

  6. Terri 4 months ago

    These. Are. Spectacular. Not too smokey, not too sweet. And what a surprisingly pleasant combination! It’s all peach with a hint of smokiness. These would impress anyone! Kim, you must get yourself into the food industry! Brilliant!

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Terri! Thank you. I thought you’d like them. Your comment is lovely. Makes me smile big.

  7. Carlee Scharnhorst 4 months ago

    Moving for peaches is showing real commitment! I’d think about it though, they are one of my favorites. I love the idea of smoking them. I need to give these a try!

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Moving for peaches is the legend, but not the whole story. Ripe peaches are incomparable. If you do try to smoke the peaches, please let me know how it worked out. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. CrazedMomDOTcom 4 months ago

    These couldn’t be more amazing! I love peaches so this makes my mouth water! Yum!

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Thanks! I hope you give them a try.

  9. Liz Berg 4 months ago

    I thought I already commented, but maybe not? Anyway, I love, love peaches AND crumble bars, so I know these must taste amazing!

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Thanks Liz. They tasted amazing as you suspect.

  10. Liz Berg 4 months ago

    P.S. Good eye! Yes, that is Rose’s pie plate. Isn’t it pretty??

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      I use Rose’s pie plate all the time. I’ve had it for years and years.

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