Our Cherry Pie Crumble Bars are made with a homemade cherry pie filling prepared with plenty of fresh picked Montmorency tart cherries. The crumble pastry has just the right salty-sweet and buttery richness you would expect in a tart cherry pie. Irresistible!
For the Crust & Crumble Top Pastry
- 3½ cups (438 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1¼ cups (250 g) granulated cane sugar
- 1¼ teaspoons (6 g) baking powder
- ½ to ¾ teaspoon (2.4 to 3.6 g) fine-grain sea salt, or ½ to ¾ teaspoon (3 to 4.5 g) regular table salt
- 1¼ cups (2½ sticks or 282.5 g) unsalted butter, chilled & cut into bits
- 2 large egg yolks (mine weighed 36 g), lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons (10 ml) pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) pure almond extract
- Shortening, to prepare baking pan
For the Tart Cherry Pie Filling
- 4 cups (2 pints or 1080 g) Homemade Tart Cherry Pie Filling, recipe by Wicked Good Kitchen
- Parchment paper, for lining baking pan
- Arrange oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 375ºF (190ºC). Lightly grease a 9×13-inch (23 x 33 cm) metal baking pan with shortening. (I like to use my Williams-Sonoma Goldtouch® Nonstick Rectangular Cake Pan.) Line pan with baking parchment so there is an overhang. Do this by measuring parchment 4 inches (10 cm) in length additionally at each side of pan. This will allow 2 inches (5 cm) of coverage on each end once folded and tucked in. Lightly grease parchment paper. This will create “handles” which will help removing bars from pan and to transfer to cutting board to cut into even bars after chilling.
- Prepare the Crust & Crumble Top Pastry: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until well combined. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles a coarse meal with small pea-sized pieces of butter. (Alternatively, process in your food processor until mixture is crumbly.) In a small bowl, whisk extracts into beaten egg yolks using a fork. With a fork, gently toss into flour mixture until moistened and dough starts to hold together. Continue to toss and blend gently with fingertips until well combined yet taking care not to overwork the dough.
- Remove 2 generous cups (approx. 250 g) of the crumb mixture and set aside for the topping in a small bowl. Press remaining dough evenly into prepared baking pan. Spoon Tart Cherry Pie Filling into pan on top of dough and spread evenly with rubber spatula; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
- Bake in preheated oven until topping is golden brown and filling is cooked through and bubbly, about 45 to 55 minutes. To prevent over-browning of topping, cover with sheet of aluminum foil during last 20 minutes of baking. Remove foil and carefully transfer to wire rack to cool completely before cutting into squares. See Tips below for cutting into even squares.
- To Serve Bars: Serve at room temperature, chilled or slightly warmed in microwave oven. If desired, serve warm with fresh whipped cream or a la mode with vanilla ice cream.
- Yield: Makes 24 bars.
For even cut squares, cool bars for 1 hour on wire rack. Then, chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Remove from pan using folded parchment paper at sides of pan as “handles”. Transfer to large cutting board. Carefully cut into even squares using a ruler as a guide with a sharp chef’s knife peeling away parchment paper as you go.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
For Gluten-Free Option: Substitute 3½ cups (448 g) Cup4Cup® Gluten-Free Flour, available at Williams-Sonoma, or your favorite gluten-free flour blend measured cup for cup or by grams in place of the all-purpose wheat flour called for in the recipe.
Wicked Good Kitchen highly recommends selecting organic ingredients whenever possible.
For this recipe, and all our baking recipes calling for unbleached all-purpose flour, we highly recommend the pure and Organic Unbleached All-Purpose Flour by Hodgson Mill® because it is naturally white and contains no additives. We also highly recommend aluminum free baking powder, organic grass-fed butter, eggs and granulated cane sugar as well as Nielsen-Massey® Organic Pure Vanilla Extract, Nielsen-Massey® Pure Almond Extract and Cup4Cup® Gluten-Free Flour. In addition, we highly recommend natural baking parchment paper by Beyond Gourmet™.
Recipe Adapted From: Allrecipes.com
Original Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com
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