This is what I will affectionately call a "tone it down" recipe. You won't see many more like this for a while, because I am cleaning my eating up again for the fall. I fell off the wagon a little bit the past little while and have fallen into the habit of eating treats too often. Treats are definitely okay in moderation in my book, but I was not exactly in the "moderation" zone! But, if you are going to have a treat, it might as well be awesome, right?!
These bars are a delicious combination of salty, sweet, and tart. The fresh peaches balance out the buttery, pecan-studded crust and the bourbon just gives these bars a little something extra special. I couldn't help it but eat several of these myself. Try them before the end of peach season and you'll understand why!
Peach Bourbon Crumble Bars5 peaches
3 tablespoons high quality Kentucky bourbon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon flour or cornstarch
1-3/4 cup flour
1-1/4 old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup cold butter, cubed
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Peel and slice the peaches. Pour bourbon and one tablespoon brown sugar over the peaches and let them soak while you prepare the crust.
Whisk together flour, oats, remaining tablespoon of brown sugar, pecans, baking soda, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter, until the mixture is crumbly and starting to come together (don't be afraid to use your hands!) Press half of the mixture into the bottom of a greased or parchment lined 9x13 inch baking pan, layer peaches over, then crumble the rest on top.
Bake at 350°F for 30-35 mins.