Cherry Crumble Bars

These cherry crumble bars are made with a buttery crust, a delicately sweet juicy cherry filling, and topped with a rolled oat crumble that give these dainty squares a lovely texture.

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Easy Crumble Bars

These cherry crumble bars are the perfect summer treat. They are delicious when served warm with a scoop of ice cream, or the next day in a lunch box or as an afternoon snack. The best part about these cherry oat bars, besides being delicious, is that you can switch out the fruit for whatever is in season. Also, they are so simple to make that even on the hottest days you won’t mind throwing them together. These bars are a must-try! Keep this recipe available for a quick dessert and experiment with whatever fruit you have on hand this summer. Maybe you’ll find a new favourite, like peach, blueberry, or even apple raspberry.

HOW TO MAKE CHERRY CRUMBLE BARS

Start by lining an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, lightly grease the bottom and sides of the pan with butter, and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Next, take the 2 cups of pitted and sliced cherries and add them to a bowl. Toss with sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and almond extract until the fruit is well coated and no cornstarch powder is visible. Set aside and prepare the crumble mixture.

The cherry on top – I mean the Crumble!

To make the crumble add the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder into a large bowl then whisk to combine. Add the melted butter and stir with a fork until the mixture looks like wet sand and has large crumbles.

Now remove 3/4 cups of the crumble mixture and place it into a small separate bowl and set aside. This portion is reserved to be mixed with the rolled oats to make the topping for the crumble bars.

Take the remaining crumble mixture and pour it into the bottom of the prepared square pan. Use your hands to press the mixture into a firm even layer filling the bottom of the pan. Top this pastry layer with the cherries prepared earlier. Pour the prepared cherries onto the pastry in an even layer, making sure to also add all the juice remaining in the bowl.

Finally, take the small bowl of the remaining crumble mixture and add 1/3 cup of rolled oats. Toss the crumble together with a fork just until the oats are combined. Sprinkle the oat crumb mixture evenly over the top of the cherries. It is ok if some of the cherries are visible through the crumb.

Place the prepared cherry crumb bars into the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until cherries have softened and the crumble top is just showing golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wired rack before slicing and serving.

Storage Suggestions

These cherry crumble bars will disappear quickly, but if you do have leftovers I like to store them in an air-tight container in the fridge. They will stay fresh for about 5 days, and can always be heated up in the microwave if you prefer to have them warm.

Cherry Crumble Bars

Servings 9 large squares

Ingredients
  

  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats to be mixed with topping

Filling

  • 2 cups fresh cherries pitted and cut in half
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

Instructions
 

Cherry Filling

  • Place the prepared cherries into a medium bowl then add the cornstarch, sugar, lemon juice, and almond extract to the bowl. Toss the cherry mixture together until the fruit is well coated and no cornstarch powder is visual. Set aside until it is time to assemle the squares.

Cherry Crumble Bars

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line an 8 x 8" square pan with parchment paper. Then grease the bottom and sides of the lined paned with butter to prevent sticking.
  • In a large bowl add the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder then whisk to combine until fully incorporated.
  • Now pour the melted, but cooled butter, into the bowl and use a fork to combine the mixture inot crumbles. It should look like wet sand and have large crumbs visible.
  • Measure out 3/4 cups of the crumble mixture and place into a small separate bowl then set aside.
    This portion is being reserved to mix with rolled oats to created the topping for the squares.
  • Take the remaining crumble mixture and pour it into the bottom of the prepared square pan. Use your hands to firmly press the mxiture into an even layer across the bottom of the pan.
  • Get the bowl with the prepared cherries and pour them over the top of the crust, using a spatula as needed to make an even layer over the top of the pastry.
  • FInally take the bowl that has the 3/4 cup of reserved crumb topping and add 1/3 cup of rolled oats. Use a fork to combine evenly through out the crumb mixture, then sprinkle the mixture evenly over the top of the cherry layer.
  • Place the prepared bars into the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until just turning golden brown at edges and cherries are softened.
  • Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.

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