Peach Crumb Bars

Today is the most important day of the year.  It was this day many, many years ago that my dear, wonderful hubby was born ;) So, a VERY happy birthday to “Mr. Wishes”.  I love you and hope you have the best day today…you deserve it!

Ahhh, peaches! They are one of the sweet and juicy gems of late summer.  This recipe I’m sharing with you today is sort of a peach cobbler meets sugar cookies meets crumb cake to ultimately create one delicious peach crumb bar that you will just love.

These summer inspired dessert bars are loaded with fresh, sweet, juicy peaches that were picked right off of my peach tree in my backyard.  So fun!  This baby has put out about 3,000 peaches this year (that’s an exaggeration, but it’s a LOT); so much so that it’s branches were bending and practically reaching the ground.  That poor, poor tree must have been so happy and grateful when we finally went out there and picked several pounds off of it.

You can use this recipe for virtually any fruit – raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, or a combination of fruits!  It is a versatile recipe for any fruit that you love that is in season. We loved eating these crumb bars warm, but did have to let them cool for a couple of hours beforehand so that they held together and didn’t make a huge mess while cutting into them.  They were also great right out of the fridge.

I shared a video in my crock pot peach cobbler recipe post on how to very easily peel peaches.  You just put a shallow “X” on the bottom of each peach with a knife and boil them for about 45 seconds, then quickly transfer them to a bowl of ice water to halt the cooking process and then the skins come off very easily.  This saves a lot of time and is called “blanching”.

Enjoy! :)

Peach Crumb Bars Recipe made from fresh peaches

Peach Crumb Bars Recipe made from fresh peaches

Backyard Peach Tree

INGREDIENTS:

For the Dough:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold
1 egg, lightly beaten

For the Filling:

5 cups diced peaches (about 7 regular size peaches, peeled)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.

For the Dough: In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter, and then 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.

Recipe source:  adapted from browneyedbaker.com

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, storms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

37 Responses to “Peach Crumb Bars”

  1. Missy
    August 19, 2013 at 12:50 PM #

    Yumm! I think you should bring me one tonight:)

    • August 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM #

      Haha I wish I had some left! I served them to company last week :(

  2. August 19, 2013 at 12:55 PM #

    Peaches are my favorite summer fruit. It’s hard to choose favorites but peaches are just amazing this time of year! These crumb bars look so good!

    • August 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM #

      Thanks, Sally! They are just perfect right now…

  3. August 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM #

    Happy birthday to your husband! If you’re celebrating with these delicious bars, it’s bound to be a great day!!

    • August 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM #

      Thanks, Marie! And thank you from Mr. Wishes ;)

  4. August 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM #

    So jealous about the peach tree! We planted one this year so I have to wait a year before it produces hopefully! These look great and Happy Birthday Mr. Wishes!! :)

    • August 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM #

      Awww thanks, Nancy!! Your peach tree will be worth the wait!

  5. August 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM #

    What an awesome way to use your gorgeous peaches! This looks amazing, Ashley! And happy birthday to your husband!

    • August 19, 2013 at 5:41 PM #

      Thanks, Eva! I was so happy with how they turned out.

  6. August 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM #

    Happy Birthday to Mr. Wishes! I love these peach crumb bars. & what a great tip on how to peel peaches! I will keep that in mind since I’ve always found peeling peaches to be an unbearable task! :P

    • August 19, 2013 at 5:41 PM #

      They are HUGE pain to peel! Thanks so much, Ruby!

  7. August 19, 2013 at 6:03 PM #

    Happy Birthday to Mr. Wishes, Ashley! Your Peach Crumb Bars looks divine. I just adore crumble bars of all kinds with blueberry, cherry and peach being my all time favorites! Thanks for sharing, including spreading the word on the easier method to peel peaches, girl. And, have fun celebrating hubby’s birthday today! xo

    • August 20, 2013 at 12:17 AM #

      Thanks, Stacy! We did have a lot of fun!

  8. August 19, 2013 at 9:21 PM #

    Mmh, what a yummy looking fruit dessert.
    It must taste wonderful coming straight from your garden at your table :)

  9. August 20, 2013 at 1:26 AM #

    Happy Birthday to your husband Ashley! These crumb bars look amazing. Will be putting this on my to-bake list. Pinning! :)

    • August 20, 2013 at 11:18 AM #

      Thank you so much, Anne!

  10. August 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM #

    That looks fantastic, thanks for sharing!

    • August 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM #

      Thanks so much, Eric!

  11. August 20, 2013 at 4:30 PM #

    Hope your sweet hubby had a fun and fabulous bday…but of course he did— he’s married to YOU!
    These babies are pinned! My little Easton LOVES peaches and he’d think I’m the best momma in the world when I make these for an after school treat this week!

    • August 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM #

      He did! Thanks, Gloria! You’re too sweet :)

  12. August 20, 2013 at 7:32 PM #

    Seriously, the fact that this recipe was made possible by your fresh peach tree in your backyard makes me angry that I don’t have a peach tree. These bars look amazing and I know will taste even better!

    • August 20, 2013 at 9:23 PM #

      I love my peach tree – I hope you get to have one someday, too! :)

  13. August 22, 2013 at 3:08 PM #

    Oh gosh, your peach bars look divine, Ashley! I want to sink my chompers into a few right now! Great recipe. :)

    • August 22, 2013 at 3:34 PM #

      haha thanks, Gloria!

  14. August 22, 2013 at 11:18 PM #

    Happy birthday Mr. Wishes! ;) These Peach Crumb Bars look so scrumptious!! Thinking about peaches makes me wish it was still summer!!

    • August 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM #

      Thanks! I know it – I am gonna miss summer so much!

  15. August 22, 2013 at 11:19 PM #

    Well technically it still is summer, but it has me thrown off with the kids back in school! ;)

    • August 22, 2013 at 11:22 PM #

      Yeah, once school starts summer is considered over :(

  16. August 23, 2013 at 1:03 AM #

    Happy Birthday to your hubby. :) Your Peach Crumb Bars look scrumptious. I just picked the very last few peaches from my in-law’s garden. I’ve gotta give this a try….if I don’t finish them as is. they are super sweet and juicy. These bars would be the perfect things to make with the last summer gems. :)

    • August 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM #

      Thank you from him and thank you from me :)

  17. August 23, 2013 at 10:08 PM #

    Yum! I have to make these before all the summer fruit is gone!

    • August 25, 2013 at 10:18 PM #

      Yes – get right on that!!

  18. August 25, 2013 at 3:48 AM #

    I wish I could have a dish of these… :)

  19. April 8, 2014 at 3:27 AM #

    Ashley, these bars look perfect! I was just about to make apple bars, but I think I’ve changed my mind :)

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