Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fresh Cherry Crumb Bars

When cherries are in season and relatively cheap I love to bake fresh cherry desserts. These crumble bars, with the cherries, strawberries and orange zest, are bursting with summer flavor. They're super moist and flavorful and hard to stop at just one.
I had a pack of organic strawberries nestled by the cherries, so I decided to add in a cup strawberries for good measure. The two flavors paired really well together! And the sweetness of both fruits is really highlighted by the addition of the freshly grated orange zest and juice. My family and I enjoyed these bars all day long. I just finished off the last of the batch with coffee this morning. Sigh. I guess I better go make some more :)
I just had to add this pretty photo of the fruit filling on top of the brown sugar crust. The red color is so vibrant!
 And of course the yummy, buttery, brown sugar crumble to top it all off. Drool

Fresh Cherry Crumb Bars
Yield: 30 1 1/2 inch Bars

  Crust and Topping
1/2 cup brown, packed
1/2 cup white
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cold unsalted butter (2 sticks or 8 ounces)
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
Zest of one orange
  Cherry Filling
4 cups cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
1/2 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch
Zest and juice of one orange

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

In a large bowl (or food processor), stir together 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar, 3 cups flour, and baking powder. Mix in salt and orange zest. Use a fork or pastry cutter (or pulse mixture if using food processor) to blend in the butter and egg. Dough will be crumbly. Pat half of dough into the prepared pan.

In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, juice and zest of one orange . Gently mix in the cherries. Sprinkle the cherry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.

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

* I added in a cup of diced strawberries with the cherries and really liked the flavor of the two fruits together!


Shauna said...


Bake-A-Holic said...

Indeed :)

Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen said...

MMM Your cherry crumb bars look amazing! I love cherries :)

Marina@Picnic at Marina said...

Hi, thanks for visiting my blog and laving me a kind comment...:) your cherry crumb looks fantastic! I never have enough cherries to bake something with it, it's gone before I can even think of a recipe...:)

Valerie's Kitchen said...

Cherry goodness! Lovin' these :)

Nichole@DulceDelicious said...

Oh my goodness! I'm drooling! These look outstanding! I'm definitely bookmarking this! Thanks for the great recipe!

Anonymous said...

This is a great recipe. I used fresh cherries. Wben I added the sugar etc. to the cherries there was a lot of juice. I was very reluctant to pour that mixture over the crust so I put the cherry mixture on the stove in a pan and let it thicken. They turned out great.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful that the cherries take center stage with this recipe, but I thought the finished product could use a little more sweetness. I'm going to serve these warm with a little cream or ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Note ... I didn't have an orange in the house, so I used orange juice and a little lemon extract.


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