Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Strawberry Crumble Bars (New Neighbor Bars)

"These luscious strawberry crumble bars with a buttery crust, are filled with fresh strawberries and jam, topped with a nutty crumble, and then glazed. Oh my!"


I'm not sure if anyone still brings new neighbors cookies, but I like to start things off right. Or at least try. A few years ago I dropped off cookies to our new neighbors next door and after a few months of no acknowledgment I ran into the mom while getting the mail. She thanked me and apologized for not thanking me sooner and basically that was the last I saw of her. We were quite disappointed because we got along well with our old neighbors of 25 years, and looked forward to continuing the tradition with someone new. Nope. Not this family. They proceeded to erect a tall fence and their kids never could even say hello to us. Now they are gone and we aren't sure who is coming in-but it can only get better from here!


Contrast that to the neighbors that just moved in, one street over. I dropped off these luscious strawberry bars and Harry, the husband, explained that Cookie, (his wife) was at the grocery. He asked if I wanted to come in. We chatted a few moments and then I was off to the grocery, too. Later that night Cookie called and proceeded to tell me they ate every one and how thoughtful it was to think of them. I wasn't even sure Harry remembered my name but somehow they tracked me down and made the call. I can tell we are going to get along well with these folks-and after all with names like Harry and Cookie-how can we not?


 Perchance I brought the wrong cookie a few years ago? Maybe these strawberry bars have more appeal? No, I don't really think that was it! However these strawberry crumble bars have a lot going for them. With a buttery, crisp crust, a delectable fresh fruit filling, and a crumble of nut filled dough, these red ruby bars are truly phenomenal. Oh, I didn't mention the simple glaze that one drizzles over the top. Yum. Total Yum. Manservant told me to wrap them up  and get them out of the house. Not much better compliment, than that, huh?


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Yield: 1 13 x 9 pan

Strawberry Crumble Bars

These luscious strawberry crumble bars with a buttery crust are filled with fresh strawberries and jam, topped with a nutty crumble and then glazed. Oh my!
prep time: 40 MINScook time: 45 MINStotal time: 85 mins

INGREDIENTS:


  • 4 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2/3 c sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 4 c unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 t kosher salt
  • 2/3 c chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 t cinnamon
Strawberry Filling
  • 1 1/2 lbs washed and hulled strawberries, sliced
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 4-5 T of strawberry or raspberry jam
Glaze
  • 6 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • about 1/4 c milk or until glaze reaches drizzling consistency
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • Dehydrated dried, unsweetened strawberries (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Line a 13 x 9 pan with parchment paper so that the paper hangs over the edges of the pan. (This is so dough won't stick but also allows you to remove the bars from the pan after baking to slice them easier.)
  2. For the crust: Place butter, sugars, and vanilla in a stand mixer. Beat with paddle attachment for about 3-5 minutes or until light colored and fluffy. Stop mixer. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add flour and salt and mix on low until combined.
  3. Press 2/3 of the dough on to the bottom of the pan and a 1/2" up the sides. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375.
  5. Stir chopped nuts and cinnamon into the rest of the dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill.
  6. After crust has chilled, bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Prepare the filling by mixing filling ingredients together in a large bowl.
  8. After removing crust from oven, spread the jam lightly over the baked crust. Top with the filling. Remove remaining dough from refrigerator and form into balls and scatter over the top. Bake 25 minutes or until light golden brown.
  9. While bars are baking prepare the glaze. Melt butter and stir in powdered sugar. Add milk and vanilla and stir with a small whisk until a glaze of drizzling consistency is formed.
  10. After bars have cooled, drizzle with glaze. I also crumbled some dried strawberries over the top and into the glaze to give a little pink hue and a touch of strawberry flavor to the glaze, though this is totally optional!
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12 comments:

  1. People can be . . . odd, can't they? Anybody can bring us cookies anytime, and we'll meet them (and the cookies!) with open arms. Especially the cookies. :-) This looks really good -- and they're gorgeous! Good post -- thanks.

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  2. love these bars ! look absolutely delicious !

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  3. What a fun recipe! I love the strawberries in these bars. Yum!! And I think you are the sweetest neighbor ever for bringing goodies to your new neighbors. I wish I was your neighbor! XOXO :)

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  4. Lucky neighbours! These crumble bars look droolworthy, Abbe.

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  5. Awww so sweet. Come and be my neighbour and we will share recipes and cookies 😊. These looks delicious yumm

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  6. I love to bring cookies to new neighbors, too! Your strawberry crumble bars look amazing!!!

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  7. What a terrific neighbor you are! These really speak to me Abbe - they are gorgeous and no doubt delicious. Lovely photos too :)

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  8. How wonderful to be one of your neighbors!!!! these have to be the prettiest fruit bars I have seen this summer, I can see why your husband wanted them out of the house, way to go!!

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  9. For these, I would move in next door to you! When we moved in all the neighbours were interested in doing was getting the boundary walls between our houses sorted out haha

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  10. Abbe! First, these bars look amazing! Second, you are a great neighbor and your photos are beautiful!

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  11. That is so sweet that you baked for the new neighbors. It seems like this practice has gone to the wayside lately... but it is so sweet... and so are these delicious dreamy strawberry crumble bars. We love anything with a crumble topping so this will be a huge hit at home.

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  12. That was so kind of you to bring these luscious and pretty bars to your new neighbor, Abbe! I want to live in your neighborhood ;)

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