Cookies, Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Peach Pistachio Shortbread Crumble Bars

As we march from Spring through early Summer to now the “dog days” of Summer, we move more towards stone fruits — apricots, peaches, plums and the like — which make great jam which is also the important part of my super easy to make crumble bars. There must be about 5 different versions here on the site. They are great to add to lunches or to pack into picnics!

for the crust and topping
1 cup plus 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled to just warm
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg yolks
3 cups plus 3 tablespoons flour

for the filling
2 1/2 cups peaches, de-pitted and 1/2 inch dice
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 cup chopped pistachios

Create a foil or parchment sling for your 9×13 inch baking dish or spray generously with baking spray.

In a medium bowl, mix together butter, sugar, salt, and egg yolks with a spoon until smooth. Add in the flour and mix until just combined. Remove 2 cups of the crust mixture and press into the lined pan. Set the unused portion of the crust aside covered with plastic wrap, but not in the refrigerator. Place the pan in the freezer for 30-60 minutes or so; the chilling of the crust prevents it from expanding and rising too much during baking.

Preheat oven to 325F.

While the oven is preheating and the crust is chilling, make the peach filling. Combine diced peaches, sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium and continue simmering for 8-10 minutes, mashing the peaches against the side of the pot with the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Remove the crust from the freezer and place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes, or until the sides are lightly browned. Then remove from the oven, and increase oven temperature to 350F. Spread the peach jam on top, and sprinkle the left over crust mixture on top along with the chopped pistachios. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the streusel is lightly browned.

Allow the pan to cool completely before taking the bars out of the pan. Remove the bars by lifting out with the sling and cut.

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