Sep 16
2011

Peach Crumb Bars with Hazelnut Streusel Recipe

Peach Crumb Bars with Hazelnut Streusel Recipe

Today is a special day. My eldest son turns 10 and these peach crumb bars are for him. Yesterday we were talking about how “10″ is an auspicious year – after all, he can say he’s been alive for a decade. When I reminded him that yesterday was the last time his age was ever going to be in the single digits, a look of melancholy crossed his face. Perhaps we’re both aware that the childhood years are fleeting and a time to be treasured. The past year has brought some changes – he likes to listen to music on the iPod, spending time with friends is something he wants to do more and more often and little sparks of pre-teen attitude have shot out of his mouth (if I had a dollar for every time he rolled his eyes…)

Through all of the changes, however, there is a boy who still asks to snuggle on the couch, who wants to hold my hand while we walk upstairs to bed and who asks to play catch or a game of cards with us. I am grateful for these moments and try to be present in them. I want to remember how his warm little hand feels in mine and I like to watch the sparkle in his eyes when he laughs at his little brother’s jokes.

This is the picture he would want me to show you. He loves sports with a passion and this picture is from a fun afternoon we had as a family, playing water balloon baseball in the backyard.

MMWaterBaseball

This picture, however, is the one that I would choose because it shows a boy who is confident in himself and shows a softness behind his eyes.

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Today, on his birthday, I honor him and his warm heart, his desire to learn, his sense of fun and his compassion. He takes after his dad in many ways, including a love for fruit desserts. Each summer I make a fruit crumb bar. The first summer after I started writing this blog, it was Spiked Blueberry Crumb Bars and last summer it was Summer Cherry & Crystallized Ginger Crumb Bars. With a batch of sweet, juicy peaches sitting on our counter, I couldn’t resist cutting them up and layering them between a crust and topping of hazelnut streusel. What did my 10 year old think? Well, let’s just say they passed the “tween” test. My husband and 7-year old thought they were pretty darn good, too.

The recipe:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

Peel the peaches and cut into 3/4-inch pieces. I will be posting a “How to” on peeling peaches tomorrow. I know, I know…cart before the horse and all that.

Peach Crumb Bars 1

In a large bowl, combine the peaches, lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.

Peach Crumb Bars 2

In a separate medium bowl, combine granulated and brown sugars. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon. Cut in cold butter pieces with a pastry cutter or a fork until the mixture is crumbly. Stir a lightly beaten egg and chopped, toasted hazelnuts into the flour mixture.

Press half of the flour mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the peach mixture over the crust, including the accumulated juices. Sprinkle the rest of the flour mixture over the peaches.

Peach Crumb Bars 3

Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is light brown. Left the bars cool on a rack and then place in the fridge to chill. This will make the bars easier to cut and remove from the pan. Cut into 32 squares and serve.

Peach Crumb Bars 4

Other fruit crumb bars:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Spiked Blueberry Crumb Bars
Cookin’ Canuck’s Summer Cherry & Crystallized Ginger Crumb Bars
White on Rice Couple’s Rhubarb Strawberry Crumb Bars
Food for My Family’s Cherry Almond Crumb Bars
The Virtual Goody Plate’s Pink Lemonade Crumb Bars

Peach Crumb Bars with Hazelnut Streusel

Yield: 32 bars

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck.

Ingredients

  • 5 large peaches
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • Streusel Topping:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup chopped hazelnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Peel the peaches and cut into 3/4-inch pieces. In a large bowl, combine the peaches, lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.
  3. For the topping: In a separate medium bowl, combine granulated and brown sugars. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon.
  4. Cut in cold butter pieces with a pastry cutter or a fork until the mixture is crumbly. Stir a lightly beaten egg and chopped hazelnuts into the flour mixture.
  5. Press half of the flour mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the peach mixture over the crust. Sprinkle the rest of the flour mixture over the peaches.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is light brown. Left the bars cool on a rack and then place in the fridge to chill. This will make the bars easier to cut and remove from the pan. Cut into 32 squares and serve.

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1 Kathryn September 16, 2011 at 2:17 am

Happy birthday to him! I’m sure these bars went down a treat, they look wonderful and full of flavour!

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2 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 16, 2011 at 4:32 am

I love crumbles and crisps and anything w/ fruit, brown sugar, cinny/sugar is automatically delish in my book!

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3 Jessica @ How Sweet September 16, 2011 at 4:44 am

That picture is SO cool! Happy birthday to him. :) Love the bars.

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4 Belinda @zomppa September 16, 2011 at 5:32 am

Happy birthday, kiddo! I LOVE that photo!!! Beautiful bars – it’s the perfect summer/fall marriage.

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5 Katrina September 16, 2011 at 5:54 am

Aww yum! These sound awesome! Great combo of flavours!

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6 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 16, 2011 at 6:13 am

i don’t know if i could stop myself from devouring the whole pan!

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7 Lora ~cake duchess September 16, 2011 at 6:44 am

Dara- your son is gorgeous. You’re such a wonderful mommy. My baby turned 10 last mth. Your writing made me teary eyed. It’s gone by in a flash. Your peach bars look juicy and delicious:) Happy weekend:) xo

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8 Lora September 16, 2011 at 7:03 am

These look amazing. Perfect flavorful bars for fall.

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9 carolinaheartstrings September 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

Great post and great pictures. Thanks for sharing! The recipe looks just delicious.

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10 Yuri September 16, 2011 at 9:23 am

Happy Birthday to your little man! :)

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11 Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray September 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

Looks like a fabulous recipe! Happy birthday to your son, he’s going to be a heartbreaker!

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12 Kelley September 16, 2011 at 10:11 am

Yep, I’m wiping tears from my eyes. Why? Because that was a beautiful tribute to an amazing boy from a mom who has clearly done an amazing job.

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13 Bev Weidner September 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

Awww, HB to the boy!

And those peach crumb bars? good. grief. yes.

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14 Pretend Chef September 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

This looks so delicious. I would love to make these.

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15 Amanda September 16, 2011 at 11:15 am

What a wonderful tribute and wonderful recipe! :)

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16 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. September 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

These look amazing!

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17 Shaina September 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

Gorgeous, Dara. I love these. That sweet boy. Sigh.

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18 Kristen September 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

Darn you, Dara… this post brought tears to my eyes. Maybe its because my own baby is turning 10 in January and your observations about your sons current behavior is so similar to mine. They are growing up too fast!

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19 Carolyn September 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

Your son is such a sweet-looking boy. My eldest is only about to turn 7 and I already get the attitude and eyerolls! Great bars, I am a sucker for anything with a crumb.

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20 Barbara | Creative Culinary September 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

What a good mom and a lucky boy. My daughter turned 28 yesterday…I miss those younger years. Now? Out with friends for drinks on her birthday. I’m lucky if I can catch her for a brunch date this weekend!

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21 Maria September 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Happy Birthday to the birthday boy! Love these bars!

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22 Jeanette September 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Happy birthday to your dear (not so little) son, so precious the times we have with our children. I have a 9 year old who will be on the cusp in a few years, and an 18 year old on the other end. There were a few teen years that were not so fun (when they realize you really don’t know everything and can’t tell them what to do !), but they come back eventually (or so I’m told!). Enjoy your time with your son. And lovely peach crumb bars by the way :)

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23 Nutmeg Nanny September 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Happy Birthday to the little one! Ten is such an exciting age…then it just starts going downhill when it comes to attitude…haha j/k :)

I love these bars. There is nothing better than fresh peaches…one of my favorite fruits ever!

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24 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray September 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Happy Birthday to him! I vividly remember turning ten and being so excited that I filled two whole hands. Plus all my cool older cousins had already entered the double digit club…needless to say, a monumental birthday. He’s lucky to have such a great mom making him treats like these!

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25 Sarah ♥ The Cyclist's Wife September 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Lucky kid! Happy Birthday!

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26 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Happy Birthday to your sweet boy! Hope he has a wonderful day.

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27 Wenderly September 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Awww, so lovely. Happy Birthday to your sweet boy.

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28 Helen @ Helen's Cooking September 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Of course, Happy Birthday to your son. May best wishes to him and all your wonderful family:-)
And of course the recipe is just amazing.
My family <3's the things like these. So It's my duty to cook them!
Thank you for sharing and congratulations again!

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29 Diane {Created by Diane} September 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Oh Dara what a great post, my son turned 11 yesterday. I dropped him off at school today and he leaned over and kissed me….at MIDDLE SCHOOL….oh those moments are getting to be fewer (when other kids around) and we recently had the discussion if you can’t tell people you love your mom (or show it)…who are you going to tell them you love….? What a sweet moment.I’m so glad my son is a cuddler…looks for hugs and kisses every day….I hope it never ends!
My son would love this recipe :) It looks delicious. Loved reading your story!!!

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30 Heidi / foodiecrush September 16, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Happy bday to the boy! What a sweettart. I have a date for him when he hits 18. Or maybe 28. XO

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31 Jen Yu September 16, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Such a sweet post and even though he’s becoming a tweener, he sounds like the best kind of son to have. Still loving and thoughtful. No doubt his parents have a lot to do with how wonderful he is :) xo Those peach crumb bars sound fantastic. On my list…

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32 Kathy - Panini Happy September 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm

A very happy birthday to your little man!! These bars look positively scrumptious. :-)

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33 Deborah September 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Happy, happy birthday to your little guy! And he has some pretty awesome taste, because these bars look amazing!!

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34 LarryG September 16, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I bet this taste’s wonderful! It’s so simple to make too. :)

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35 Chris @nestlefoodie September 16, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Happy birthday to your little man – he is adorable! Such a sweet post!

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36 Melissa | Dash of East September 17, 2011 at 8:06 am

Happy Birthday to your little guy! And those peach crumb bars look amazing!

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37 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen September 17, 2011 at 9:39 am

Peaches are my oldest son’s favorite. I will have to get my hands on some peaches and make this for him.

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38 KalynsKitchen September 17, 2011 at 10:11 am

I just adore that photo of him; what a handsome kid! And I have fond memories of my Grandma Goodfellow’s peach cobbler so Peach Crumb Bars sound amazing to me too.

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39 Sukaina September 17, 2011 at 10:55 am

Happy birthday to your sweet darling son. This post made me feel a little sad that soon my m will grow up too and prefer to spend time on her ipad and with her friends more than me! off to give her a big wet kiss!

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40 SRA1978 September 18, 2011 at 2:22 am

What a doll! My “Baby” just turned 24! Was our smallest of 4, 8wks premie, but still 6lbs 1oz 19″–Now 6′ 7″!! He was my tenderheart, which has matured into a generous, and thoughtful gentleman. He makes great Peach Cobbler & loves my Dutch Apple Pie, so I think you have shared a wonderful treat for me to serve for his celebration tomorrow. Just happen to have some luscious fresh peaches–must be a sign!!
Thanks & HB to your future “Chick Magnet”!

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41 Arlene @ Flour On My Face September 18, 2011 at 6:02 am

What a lucky birthday boy! 10 is such a sweet age. I hope he had a great day!

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42 Charlotte September 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Yum. Of course, I just finished processing over 30 lbs of peaches into sauce, jam, chutney and canned peach slices but I’ll head to the fruit stand tomorrow for more to make these. Thanks for the recipe.

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43 Susie September 19, 2011 at 9:15 am

These bars look wonderful and peaches are everywhere here in Seattle. I need to make some. Happy belated birthday to your son, time really does fly by. My son turns 9 in a few months and I already see how much he is changing and become his own person….. I would say that there is a part of me that loves it and a part of me that isn’t ready for it. But then I remember I have a 14 month old who I have years with until he’s 10 :)

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44 Lauren at Keep It Sweet September 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Happy Birthday to your son!! That thick layer of peaches makes these bars look so delicious.

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45 RavieNomNoms September 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm

These look so so soooo good! Thanks for sharing

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46 Liz September 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Happy, happy birthday to your handsome 10 year old!!!

These crumb bars look phenomenal! Love that the peaches are flanked by a lovely crust and streusel! YUM!

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47 The Cilantropist September 20, 2011 at 8:39 am

Dara these look amazing, and are definitely a perfect way to celebrate a birthday. I love you talk about your son – you can tell just how proud of him you are. :) Thanks for sharing this recipe, you reminded me I wanted to make some shortbread or bars too!

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48 The Food Hunter September 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Happy Birthday to your son! love the peach bars.

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49 sara September 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Lovely! These bars look so delicious and like an amazing way to enjoy the last summer peaches. Wow! :)

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50 Amy @ A Little Nosh September 24, 2011 at 5:16 am

Looks delicious, and that’s one handsome boy! I love that you play water balloon baseball…I’m going to have to remember that for next summer.

Thanks for linking up at A Little Nosh!

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51 Mariko September 26, 2011 at 8:47 am

I love that thick layer of peaches!
And that picture is priceless. Perfect shot.

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52 Natalie May 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I made these this weekend with a few small changes and had great success. I used frozen peaches because peaches aren’t in season here and I also added a small container of fresh raspberries to the filling. This recipe is really versatile and I think it would work well with any number of fruits or berries.

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