The sweetness of summertime peaches shin through in these peach crumbs bars, topped with a delightful crumbly hazelnut streusel.
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.
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.
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 peach crumb bars recipe:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Peel the peaches and cut into ¾-inch pieces. I will be posting a "How to" on peeling peaches tomorrow. I know, I know...cart before the horse and all that.
In a large bowl, combine the peaches, lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.
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.
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.
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
- 5 large peaches
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoons cornstarch
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup 2 sticks cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- ¾ cup chopped hazelnuts
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
- Peel the peaches and cut into ¾-inch pieces. In a large bowl, combine the peaches, lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.
- For the topping: 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 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. Sprinkle the rest of the flour mixture over the peaches.
- 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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Hi, as soon as the Ontario peaches reach Quebec, I'm making these bars.
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.
I love that thick layer of peaches!
And that picture is priceless. Perfect shot.
Amy @ A Little Nosh
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.
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Lovely! These bars look so delicious and like an amazing way to enjoy the last summer peaches. Wow! 🙂
The Food Hunter
Happy Birthday to your son! love the peach bars.
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!
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!
These look so so soooo good! Thanks for sharing
Lauren at Keep It Sweet
Happy Birthday to your son!! That thick layer of peaches makes these bars look so delicious.
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 🙂
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.
Arlene @ Flour On My Face
What a lucky birthday boy! 10 is such a sweet age. I hope he had a great day!