Strawberry Peach Basil Bars

Some ingredient combinations make people a bit skeptical when you mention them. But then, they bite into whatever it is you made and they completely forget about their doubts.

These bars definitelay have that reaction. I love basil in desserts (and cocktails), and I’ve had this combination before in these Strawberry Peach Basil Cupcakes. So, clearly, I had no doubt these bars would be amazing.

I actually started with this Blueberry Crumb Bar recipe, but I was multi-tasking while the ingredients were in the mixer, so the crumb mixture turned into a dough. No worries though, the bars still came out amazing. My favorite bites were the ones with a lot of basil and I decided the next time I make these, I’ll bump up the amount of basil in them.

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Strawberry Peach Basil Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Ingredients:

For the Dough:
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter, cold
1 egg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

For the Filling:
3 cups peeled, diced peaches
2 cups diced strawberries
1/4 cup basil, chiffonaded
Juice of one lemon
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

For the Dough: In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, and baking powder. Mix in salt and cinnamon, if desired. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the shortening and egg. Dough will be crumbly. Pat half of dough into the prepared pan.

For the Filling: In medium bowl, gently toss diced peaches and lemon juice together; set aside.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour over the peaches and mix gently.

Spread the filling evenly over the crust. Crumble the remaining dough over the filling layer.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Dough recipe from AllRecipes.com, filling adapted from Sweet Pea's Kitchen and The First Kitchen

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15 Responses to “Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls”

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    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — August 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I love blueberries in pancakes and waffles. They’ve gotta be good in cinnamon rolls too!

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    Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life — August 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Yum! I have always wanted to make my own cinnamon rolls but have always been a tad nervous about he process!!! These look amazing with the blueberries!!

    P.S. I found your blog today when you posted that you were from Boston on Tina’s blog! I am from just outside of Boston too!

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    nicole — September 1, 2011 at 3:41 am

    these look amazing. I love cinnamon rolls, and this combo sounds great!

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    Kelly Delafield — October 21, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Can you tell me how to make the frosting?

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    Maureen — April 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I love the blueberry, I tried swapping them with raspberries and they were just as good if not better. Love the base recipe.

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    Aimee — July 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I made these today cheating with crescent roll dough. They were amazing!

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    cindy chisholm — February 16, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Da bomb! Brilliant, as well as yummy:)
    Thank you! I will make an impression at brunch tomorrow..lol

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    Robin — April 24, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Made these for Easter breakfast (blueberry cinnamon rolls, hardboiled eggs, and thick sliced ham slices). What a delicious treat! I don’t know if I’ll ever go back “regular” cinnamon rolls again! I cut the recipe in half. Perfect amount for my husband, myself, and 3 teenaged boys. Honestly, I can’t say enough about this recipe. These rolls are worth every minute spent making them. To avoid having to get up so early, I saved the second rise for the morning. After slicing the rolls and placing them in the greased pan, I covered them tightly with plastic wrap and placed them in the fridge overnight. I took them out of the fridge and let them set at room temperature to rise for about an hour before placing them in the oven. They were perfect! Thanks so much!

    • beantownbaker — April 27th, 2014 @ 2:50 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them!! I’ve done the second rise the next morning as well.

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    Robin — April 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Forgot to mention that a step was left out of the recipe: it never tells you to sprinkle the rolled out dough with sugar and cinnamon mixture (& 2 T flour?).

    • beantownbaker — April 27th, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

      Thanks for pointing this out. I updated the recipe to reflect this.

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    Karina — June 14, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Hi there – I was wondering if this dough would be okay to freeze? I’m a novice when it comes to anything baking related!

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    Glennis — July 18, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I found that the cinnamon was over powering. I will add 3 tsp next time 4 Tablespoons was way to much.

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    Diane — July 24, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Is there any kneading involved???

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