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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16 Responses to “Caramelized Apple Grilled Cheese”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 11, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    This looks great! After apple picking last year, I was desperately searching for ways to use the apples in savory ways. Now one of my favorite recipes is a calzone filled with apples, proscuitto, brie and sage. SO good!

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    The Red Headed Mama — October 11, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    My husband used to laugh at me when I told him that as kids we would do apple pie filling and cheese in the hobo pie maker. It was fabulous…I’m going to show him this post to prove that I’m not crazy. We’re apple picking this weekend, so I’ll be sure to try this out!

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    Melissa — October 11, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I definitely need to think of some savory ways to use up all of the apples we pick every fall, and stop making sweets! This looks like a great recipe!

    http://www.madeinmelskitchen.com

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    Heavenly Housewife — October 11, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    What a great apple treat. I’ve got loads of apples this years from my trees and am looking for yummy recipes to use them up. After all, a girl can only eat so much apple sauce LOL.
    *kisses* HH

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    Cupcake Activist — October 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I didn’t realize this was going to be a sweet sandwich. It looks so yummy! I once had a grilled cheese sandwich with thinly sliced apples in the middle and it was delicious!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — October 11, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I love what you did with your leftover apples! This looks incredible…love the apple and cheese combinations!

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    feerlessfood.com — October 12, 2010 at 2:07 am

    This recipe looks really tasty! I tried a similar flavor combo, but it was apple, cheddar omelete. I needed as apple with more flavor- the one I used wasn’t tart enough!

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    nutmegnanny — October 12, 2010 at 2:40 am

    What a great way to use up apples…yum!

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    Val — October 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    This made my mouth water. I have to make this soon.

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    Boston Food Diary — October 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Looks delicious Jen! I love the combination of apples and gouda! After my apple picking adventures I am definitely seeking lots of good apple ideas as well!

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    Rachel Cannon Humiston — October 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    This looks like a great comfort food sandwich! I spent yesterday baking apple pies and snacking on cheese and crackers. I snuck in a few apple slices on my cheddar & crackers – yum!

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    Evan B — October 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Um YES please! ps. everyone in the office loved your brownie recipe- it has totally become my go-to 🙂

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    Jen — October 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I love making grilled cheese with a really great goat’s milk gouda–it’s our new favorite grilled cheese–but I think I’d die and go to heaven if I made it this way! thanks for sharing.

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    newlywed — October 12, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    This looks delicous! I love the combination of apples and cheese. It is great to see a savory apple recipe…I have lots too!

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    .dear.jenny. — November 25, 2010 at 1:48 am

    HUSH! oh my…looks amazing!!

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    Souffle Bombay (Colleen) — January 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I HAVE to try this!!!

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