pluot crumb bars

June 8, 2012

in Bars & Bites

Have you ever tried a pluot? A hybrid of plum and apricot, the pluot displays mostly plum characteristics, including smooth skin. I used the firm, tangy-sweet fruit in these crumb bars, layering slices between a cookie butter-oatmeal crumb crust and topping. With notes of gingerbread and caramel, the cookie butter adds a warming spice variation to my standard crumb preparation. If you can’t find pluots, substitute ripe plums.

Pluot Crumb Bars
5 or 6 medium pluots, thinly sliced
1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar (depending on sweetness of fruit)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 cup cookie butter
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 375°F and spray a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Combine pluots, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in a small bowl; set aside. Whisk together oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in melted butter and cookie butter with a pastry cutter until dough is crumbly. Fold in egg with a spatula until incorporated.

Press 3/4 of the dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking dish. Pour off excess liquid from pluots and arrange slices in a single layer over crust. Sprinkle remaining dough over fruit layer. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes, or until the top and edges are golden. Cool bars completely in pan on a wire rack, then cut into squares with a sharp knife. Store bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Yield – 24 bars (serving size: 1 bar)
Calories – 135
Carbs – 21

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28 Comments

1 Valerie June 8, 2012

I’m all for crumb bars, especially when they’re made with an interesting fruit! They look amazing!

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2 Sandra's Easy Cooking June 8, 2012

This look fantastic! Great recipe! I think my kids would love these bars.
Have a wonderful weekend!

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3 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 8, 2012

What gorgeous crumbs! And I’ve never tried a pluot but I’m sure I would love them! I have to hunt some down this weekend so I can make these asap!

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4 Cassie (bake your day) June 8, 2012

I think I would like a pluot, I will be on the lookout for those. And I am on board with any kind of crumble!

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5 Patty June 8, 2012

I love this simple crumb bar recipe with the plutots! It’s the perfect recipe to show off this wonderful fruit, funny that they are a hybrid of apricot and plum because I always think of them as a kind of plum.

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6 the wicked noodle June 8, 2012

I love pluots! I haven’t seen any around here yet but hopefully they’ll be around soon. They’re soooo good!

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7 Lizzy June 8, 2012

Laura, how awesome. I am not sure I have tasted one, nor seen one… and I managed a fresh produce market for a decade! Lovely recipe, thanks for sharing xox

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8 Nina June 8, 2012

How do you manage to come up with such great stuff:)….looks fantastic. This is great:)

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9 Nina June 8, 2012

love your blog…this is jes perfect=:)

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10 sara June 9, 2012

These look fantastic – super flavorful! :)

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11 Katie {Epicurean Mom} June 9, 2012

I love pluots!! Great recipe Laura!!!

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12 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings June 9, 2012

i’ve heard of pluots! sadly, i haven’t tried them yet. my local grocer doesn’t carry them…time to go hunting for some! happy weekend, Laura!

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13 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } June 9, 2012

I actually adore pluots and love when they are in season. A crumb bar is one of those desserts that just calls my name. What a lovely recipe and will be pinning shortly to make in the future. Delish!!!

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14 Lora @cakeduchess June 9, 2012

Pluots are wonderful in baking and I would love a couple of these bars now for breakfast;) They look wonderful and so summery:)

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15 Amy from Appetite for Discovery June 10, 2012

I remember you telling me about pluots when I blogged about nectacots a while back! I would love to try one. Beautiful photo too :)

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16 Magic of Spice June 10, 2012

These are fantastic! I really love pluots and this is a perfect home for them…what a treat :)

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17 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) June 10, 2012

I haven’t had a pluot in years so thanks for reminder to keep a lookout for them at the market. I would love to enjoy them just the way you prepared them here. :)

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18 Baker Street June 10, 2012

I haven’t baked with pluots but they surely sound delicious! Crumb bars are my favorite kind :)

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19 Suzanne June 10, 2012

Crumb bars with fruit are one of my favorite sweet treats and since Summer has plenty of fresh fruit this looks wonderful and a must try.

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20 Nami | Just One Cookbook June 11, 2012

No, I’ve never heard of it and I am missing out! :-( I need to look for it.. I’m so curious! Your pluot crumb bars look so delicious, Laura!

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21 Raymund June 11, 2012

I would love this for snack with a good cup of coffee, Looks good

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22 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 11, 2012

That looks great and perfect for afternoon tea or in a lunchbox. I’ve seen pluots but haven’t tried one yet! :)

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23 Ozlem's Turkish Table June 11, 2012

they look utterly delicious! I can make these with ripe plums in my fridge!:)

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24 Nancy/SpicieFoodie June 11, 2012

Every spring and summer I look for these. But have yet to find them, so plums are the way to go for me. Crumb bars are one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing, they look delicious.

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25 Laura @ Family Spice June 11, 2012

I made something similar with plums, not pluots. These bars are one of my favorite desserts because they are rustic and feature fruit. These look heavenly!

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26 Charles June 12, 2012

You know, I think I might have had these before… pluots I mean, though perhaps I didn’t realise at the time that it wasn’t just a plum. Lovely little bars Laura :)

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27 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers June 12, 2012

I’ve never heard of pluots. I feel so strange like Nami. I love how you put them together with these bars. They seem so good.

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28 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} June 17, 2012

I’ve never heard of plout. Wonder if I can find some around here. You got me curious.
Great looking bars Laura

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