It’s fresh peach season! These easy Peach Crumble Bars make for a fantastic summer dessert. Grab some peaches and get a batch of these bars in the oven today!
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Last summer, we made the move from upstate New York down to Asheville, North Carolina. I grew up in the Carolinas, and I absolutely love this part of the country! Robbie and I have taken hikes to waterfalls and hikes looking for Bigfoot “evidence.” (We found his footprint last year!)
Aside from the all of the awesome things about the western NC mountains, I also love the fact that we are just 45 minutes from the South Carolina border. That means we’re only 45 minutes away from SC peaches! I grew up eating SC peaches – they’re amazing. And I’m not the only one who thinks that apparently. As soon as you enter SC, there are tons of signs on both sides of the road advertising SC peach orchards. It’s a thing!
We used some of those South Carolina peaches to make these Peach Crumble Bars. Crumb bars are a favorite in our house – but we typically make ’em with raspberries or blueberries. Since we had a ton of peaches, I figured let’s try making a batch of crumb bars with diced peaches!
Peach Crumble Bars
The flavor in these bars is fantastic. Brown sugar, peaches, toasted pecans. Yum! In order to transition this recipe from berries to peaches, I added a bit more flour and cornstarch to the filling mixture. Peaches have a lot more juice than berries, so I needed the flour and cornstarch to soak up the extra liquid.
Aside from the taste, another cool thing about these bars is how easy they are to make. The bottom crust and top crumble is literally the same thing – you just save some of the crust mixture and crumble that on top of the peaches. Nice and easy. And delicious!
The crust mixture is simply a combination of softened butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour and a bit of baking powder. It’s a great base for all sorts of bars – and it’s a great crumb topping for sorts of desserts! Once fall rolls around, I want to make this recipe again but with apples instead.
Ways to mix it up
I absolutely love crumble toppings and streusel toppings! They’re an easy way to take a dessert (or muffins) from good to amazing! This version is simple as the crust is the same as the topping, but there are still plenty of ways to mix it up if you’d like.
- Add some oats! Once baked, the oats will lend a nutty flavor to this recipe. Combine that with the actual pecans, and it would be a delicious treat!
- Add more spices! I kept this crumble recipe simple by using just cinnamon. However, you could have a lot of fun here. Add a pinch of nutmeg or even cardamom (cardamom goes really well with peaches). A tiny pinch of salt would be totally acceptable here, too.
- Mix up the nuts! I used pecans in this version, but you could absolutely change this up. Walnuts or chopped almonds would be good options. Unsalted pistachios could also mix up the nutty flavor in these bars. Have fun with it!
If you’re looking for a tasty summer dessert recipe, then put these Peach Crumble Bars on the baking list! They remind me of peach cobbler…just in bar form. We ate these bars by themselves, but you could absolutely put one in a bowl and top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I hope you enjoy these bars as much as we do!
Did you make a batch of these Peach Crumble Bars at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!
Peach Crumble Bars
For the Crust
For the Crust
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Lightly grease an 8”x8” baking dish.
- Using an electric mixer, beat together butter, brown sugar and cinnamon for 3-4 minutes, or until mixture is light and fluffy.
- Add flour and baking powder and mix for 1-2 minutes, or until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Remove 1 cup of crust mixture and set aside. Press remaining crust mixture into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until light golden brown in color.
For the Peach Filling
- While the crust is baking, make the filling. Using a large bowl, add flour, cornstarch, brown sugar and cinnamon; stir until well combined.
- Add the diced peaches and toss until well combined.
- Spread the filling mixture on top of the baked crust. Sprinkle the chopped pecans evenly on top.
- Crumble the 1 cup of reserved crust mixture on top of filling.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until crust topping is golden brown in color.
- Let pan cool completely before slicing into bars with a sharp knife.
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