This past weekend we found ourselves over at my parents’ house. My brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew were up from Florida and we were all meeting up to have a little ho-down. Or maybe we all just chatted, ate, played, and went in the boat. Either way, I was thinking it would be nice to bring something to the party. I had some nice peaches ready and raring to go from the $0.99/lb. sale at the supermarket (score!). I wanted something that was fairly easy to make AND to eat so i decided that squares were a preferable choice. I really enjoyed these squares, which were reminiscent of a lovely little crumble, and everyone else was in agreement (double score!). I could definitely see myself substituting a variety of fruits in this recipe to accommodate the various seasons.
Peach Crumb Bars
For the Dough:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 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
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 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 flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter, then mix in 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.
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker.