Peaches and Cream Crumble Bars
Yields: 9x13-inch pan (20 bars)
 
Ingredients
For the crust and topping:
  • 2½ cups (350 g/12.5 oz) all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup (140 g/5 oz) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups (280 g/10 oz) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • ¼ cup (50 g/1.7 oz) brown sugar, preferably dark
For the peach filling:
  • 1 cup (200g/7 oz) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (35 g/1.3 oz) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups pitted, peeled, and chopped peaches (about 7-8 peaches/2.5 pounds)
  • 6 tablespoons (90 ml) heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
Instructions
  1. Note: The filling should be poured on a hot or warm crust, so be sure to prepare it while the crust is baking in the oven.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Grease a 9×13-inch pan or line with parchment paper, leaving enough overhang on the sides for lifting the bars out of the pan after baking. Set aside.
  3. To make the crust: Process flour, granulated sugar, and salt in a food processor for a few seconds until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture becomes crumbly and resembles coarse meal. Alternatively, you can crumble all the ingredients together in a bowl using a pastry cutter. Set aside 1½ cups of the crumb mixture for the topping. Sprinkle remaining crumbs into prepared pan and press firmly into an even layer to form a crust. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the edges are slightly browned. While crust is baking, make the streusel topping and filling.
  4. To make the streusel topping: Add brown sugar to the remaining crumb mixture and toss with your fingers to combine until large clumps of dough are formed.
  5. To make the filling: In a large bowl, mix together sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Add peaches and toss to combine. In a small bowl combine heavy cream and vanilla extract, then stir into peach mixture. Mix well. Pour peach mixture over warm crust and sprinkle streusel topping evenly on top.
  6. Bake bars for about 45 minutes, until juice is bubbling and topping is golden brown. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. Refrigerate bars for at least 2 hours to let the filling set before cutting into squares.
  8. Bars will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator.
Recipe by Pretty. Simple. Sweet. at https://prettysimplesweet.com/peaches-and-cream-crumble-bars/