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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6 Responses to “Blueberry Beer Sorbet”

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    Shannon — August 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

    i know someone that will love this in my house 🙂

    • beantownbaker — August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:40 am

      You’d be a fool NOT to love this sorbet. I’ve made Hubby keep his hands off since we have guests coming this weekend. It’s been torture for him…

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    Aimee / Wallflower Girl — August 27, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I love this idea! Sounds so refreshing and delicious 🙂

    • beantownbaker — September 2nd, 2013 @ 9:40 am

      It is definitely refreshing and delicious. I love recipes like this that you can adapt to whatever you have on hand.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — August 30, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Oh this is so pretty, look at that color 🙂 I bet it tastes amazing!

    • beantownbaker — September 2nd, 2013 @ 9:41 am

      I love food that has such a vibrant color, don’t you?

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