I know its almost October, but I’m calling for a momentary hold on all the pumpkin recipes so we can give these delicious brown butter peach bars their proper spotlight.
When I was growing up one of the places we always went to was the peach park down the road from my grandparent’s house in the middle of nowhere, Chilton County, Alabama. We would have peach ice cream and take pictures sitting on top of a giant horse statue…it’s not as weird as it sounds….we were little… our mom thought it was cute. Anyway, peaches… I know its almost October, but I’m calling for a momentary hold on all the pumpkin recipes so we can give these delicious brown butter peach bars their proper spotlight.
What is brown butter?
These peach bars have a brown butter crust and topping. If you’ve never baked with brown butter before, you’re in for a treat! The brown butter in these gives it a deliciously rich, nutty, caramel flavor. It tastes so good and for sure kicks these up a notch from just using regular butter. Now that I’ve convinced you how good it is and that you need it in your life, what exactly is it and how do you make it?
It’s pretty simple. Brown butter is made by heating a chunk of butter over the stove on medium heat. Once the butter melts, the milk solids separate. As you continue heating the melted butter, the milk solids begin to cook and brown. You’ll notice a fantastic nutty smell coming from the butter once it cooks. You’ll want to remove the butter from the heat and transfer it to a separate bowl once it browns to avoid having burned bits.
Once you have your brown butter cooked, you can mix up your crust and topping dough. You’ll use half of this mixture for the crust and half for the crumble topping. Try to avoid eating half of it while you bake… I for sure snuck a couple of bites. Press the crust into a buttered pan and bake at 375 degrees for around ten minutes then let it cool. While that bakes and cools we can move onto the filling.
Get your peaches together and chop them all up into little cubes. You can leave the skin on or peel it off depending on your preference. I like to peel my peaches because I don’t like the fuzzy skin… but you do you. The filling of course also calls for brown butter just like the crust, because it’s delicious, and I love it. Add the peaches, brown butter, plus some sugar and flour to a saucepan and heat it on the stove stirring constantly until the sugar has melted. At this point, your crust should already be baked and cooled so you can go ahead and pour the filling in and top it with the rest of your crust.
You’re going to want to bake this sucker for about 35 minutes. You’re also going to for sure want to let this cool before you cut it into bars. I know it seems like forever. Especially when you have something so scrumptious staring back at you but try to power through. It will be worth it. Once cooled, slice it up and taste test it!
Brown Butter Peach Crumb Bars
For the Crust and Topping
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (282 grams)
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar (66 grams)
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar (73 grams)
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, browned (170 grams)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Filling
- 3 cups peaches, peeled and chopped
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, browned (57 grams)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (63 grams)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar (90 grams)
To Brown the Butter
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
- While stirring, continue to heat the butter until the milk solids become a golden brown color, around 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and immediately transfer a separate owl.
For the Crust and Topping
- Preheat over to 375 degrees. Butter a 9 inch square pan.
- Combine the first five dry ingredients in a medium-size bowl.
- Add beaten egg, 3/4 cup of the browned butter, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. The mixture will be crumbly.
- Spoon half of the mixture into buttered pan and use fingers to press into the pan. Set aside other half of mixture.
- Bake crust for 10 minutes and allow to cool.
For the Filling
- Combine peaches, lemon juice, remaining brown butter, cinnamon, flour, and sugar in a medium saucepan.
- Heat mixture over medium heat continuously stirring until sugar has melted.
To Assemble and Bake
- Transfer filling mixture to pan and spread evenly on prebaked and cooled crust.
- Sprinkle remaining crust mixture on top of filling mixture.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.
- Allow bars to cool before slicing.