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Cherry peach crumb bars

Cherry peach crumb bars – perfectly balanced with just the right amount of fruit and just the right amount of crust! Summertime fruit dessert that will surely be a crowd pleaser.

Cherry peach crumb bars - perfectly balanced with just the right amount of fruit and just the right amount of crust! | trialandeater.com

Have you noticed I've been making a lot of double-fruit creations lately?

There was the berry berry cinnamon swirl bread, blueberry banana bread, and my muffins from the other day.

Since it's summertime, can you really blame me for trying to double all the fruit goodness in my baking?

I tend to over-buy fruit at the farmer's market or grocery store (I sometimes forget I'm only one person), so I am always looking for ways to eat it up before it goes bad.

When I thought of using my peaches to make crumb bars, naturally I thought of what other fruit I could add in with it! I found this that gave me the idea for peaches + cherries, but I liked the look of the crust from here better.

My crust turned out to look much differently – I halved the ingredients, didn't brown the butter, and melted the butter instead of kept it cold, which is why mine is not as “crumbly” exactly – but it was still delicious.

In fact, when I brought these to work to share, a friend of mine said they were “perfectly balanced – just the right amount of fruit, just the right amount of crust, just perfect.”

So, I'd call it a success.

Cherry peach crumb bars - perfectly balanced with just the right amount of fruit and just the right amount of crust! | trialandeater.com

I gotta admit, I would have never thought of the peaches and cherries combo myself but I'm so glad I tried it.

I sliced the peaches (instead of chopped) and cut around the pits of the cherries to make 4 slices. Used about 12 cherries, which I think is about a cup – but my goal was just for it to be a balanced amount of peach and cherry.

Cherry peach crumb bars - perfectly balanced with just the right amount of fruit and just the right amount of crust! | trialandeater.com

I used a little more than half the dough for the crust and since I wanted the fruit to shine through I just dropped pieces (crumbs) of the dough over top of it after I laid out the fruit.

I didn't want to do a whole layer, like a pie, but you may choose to add more or less dough on top than I did.

Cherry peach crumb bars - perfectly balanced with just the right amount of fruit and just the right amount of crust! | trialandeater.com

These were good both straight out of the oven and after being refrigerated. Goes great with some lemonade, too!

Yield: 20 squares

Cherry peach crumb bars

Cherry peach crumb bars - perfectly balanced with just the right amount of fruit and just the right amount of crust! | trialandeater.com

Cherry peach crumb bars - perfectly balanced with just the right amount of fruit and just the right amount of crust! Summertime fruit dessert that will surely be a crowd pleaser.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, (1 stick), melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 peaches, sliced
  • 12 cherries, (about 1 cup), quartered

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. To make the crust, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Add in the melted butter and egg, and mix until combined.
  3. Spray a 9 inch round pie pan with oil. Add a little more than half the dough to the bottom of the pan, pressing firmly down into the pan to form the crust.
  4. Add peach slices evenly over the crust, and add cherry pieces on top and in between the peaches.
  5. Use remaining dough to cover the fruit by dropping small pieces or balls of dough, so the fruit is still visible and not completely covered.
  6. Bake at 375°F for 30-35 minutes, or until slightly browned.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.

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Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

These look amazing! The hardest part would be stop eating them! ;)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

Monday 21st of July 2014

This is perfect timing, as I have loads of peaches that I need to use :)

Kelly

Monday 21st of July 2014

Yes I know the feeling! It's a great excuse to make these bars :)

Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

Saturday 19th of July 2014

These bars look amazing! I am such a huge fan of cobblers, crumbs, and crisps because of the delicious topping. I love that you used peaches and cherries too, sounds like the perfect combination!

Kelly

Monday 21st of July 2014

They are a great combination! I never had them together before, but it made for a perfect summer dessert!