Gentle Readers, The Practical Cook is an opportunistic one. If one is invited to a gathering that involves food, shoot pictures, take notes, ask questions. And eat, don’t forget to eat one of everything. In this case, this recipe was adapted by fellow food fan Rock Star.
Peach-Blueberry Crumble Bars
adapted from Baking Bites Better still, this was made with home-grown peaches. Bonus!
3 cups fresh fruit in some combination, process the blueberries and peaches separately or deal with blue filling
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
Crumble and Crust
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened and cut into 7-9 pieces
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. To make the filling, combine the berries and the lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the berries are soft and tender, 8-10 minutes. Add the sugar and cornstarch to the berries, and bring to a boil. Cook an additional 1-2 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside. (If you keep your fruit separate, split the ingredients proportionally according to fruit proportions!)
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
3. For a smoother topping, add all the ingredients for the crust and crumble topping to a food processor fitted with a workbowl and blade.. Pulse in 1-second intervals until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 1/2 cups for the topping, then press the rest of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.** If you prefer a chunkier topping (as was the one I consumed), consider processing everything but the oats, and stir them in last. Or you can cut the butter up by hand and just blend this lightly. Pressing into bar form will combine the ingredients.
4. Use a spoon to drop alternating bits of berry filling and peaches, swirling a bit over the crust, and use a spatula to spread the mixture over the entire surface.
5. Use your fingers to squeeze together clumps of the remaining crumble topping, and sprinkle evenly over the filling.
6. Bake until golden-brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely before slicing and serving, or serve cobbler-style by scooping with a spoon.
Enjoy! What’s your favorite fruit combo? Post a comment below, or Tweet my way.
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