roasted strawberry-peach bars

August 31, 2012

in Bars & Bites

To squeeze every last drop of summer from remaining berries and stone fruit, try slicing and quickly tossing them in balsamic vinegar and honey before roasting. A most heavenly aroma will soon fill your kitchen – if I could bottle the scent, I would! Once the fruit cools, it becomes the jammy filling sandwiched between two buttery layers of oatmeal crumb in these roasted strawberry-peach bars.

Roasting intensifies the natural sweetness of the fruit, adding depth of flavor and reducing the need for additional sweetener. Serve bars warm with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream for a taste reminiscent of a fruit crisp. No time for bars? Try the roasted fruit over ice cream for a sublime topping.

Roasted Strawberry-Peach Bars
Roasted Fruit
1 cup strawberries, hulled and halved
1 1/2 cups peaches (2 medium), peeled and sliced
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (pick a thick and fruity vinegar)
1 Tbsp honey
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Oatmeal Crust & Crumbs
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cubed
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 375°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine strawberries, peaches, balsamic vinegar, honey, and salt in a medium bowl; toss to combine. Pour mixture into a single layer on prepared baking sheet; roast 25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, then scrape mixture into a food processor and pulse with vanilla until fruit is chunky.

Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, oats, sugars, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in butter and egg with a pastry cutter until dough is moist and crumbly. Press 2/3 of the dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking dish, reserving 1 cup mixture for topping. Bake 15 minutes, until crust edges are lightly golden. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.

Spread fruit mixture evenly over crust; sprinkle remaining dough evenly over fruit layer. Bake for 24 to 25 minutes, or until topping is golden. Cool bars completely in pan on a wire rack, then chill dish in the freezer for 10 minutes to make cutting easier. Cut into squares with a sharp knife. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days; warm before serving.

Yield – 12 bars (serving size: 1)
Calories – 175
Carbs – 26

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38 Comments

1 Lan | angry asian August 31, 2012

how loverly! i think anything roasted would be great…i love how you are taking full on advantage of summer fruits before they go away.

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2 Deb August 31, 2012

The intense yellow hue that cascades into orange and red makes for a sultry end of summer post! A seductive dessert for our holiday weekend!

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3 Sandra's Easy Cooking August 31, 2012

I am still holding to summer..we have 20+ days left, but high temperatures can be up even in November. :)
This looks wonderful, Laura. Strawberry and peach combo is always winning!
Great pics and recipe too! I wish you great Labor day weekend!!!

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4 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 31, 2012

I love all your bar recipes but I think this might be my favorite! Strawberry and peach definitely make an awesome combo, and I’m always game for an oatmeal crumb topping!

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5 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) August 31, 2012

I am so sad that we are all talking about the last days of summer. I know Fall is coming but I am just not ready!!

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6 Cassie August 31, 2012

I adore the natural sweetness that fruit adds to baked goods. These are right up my alley. Stunning, Laura!

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7 Helena / Rico sin Azúcar August 31, 2012

Lovely! I don’t love particulary summer, but I do love peaches!! :-D
Beautiful bars and great combination of colour and flavour.
Thanks for sharing!

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8 The Café Sucré Farine August 31, 2012

I wish you were my neighbor! These look wonderful. I love everything about them. The roasted fruit pictures are so vibrant and beautiful, but then again every picture I’ve seen of yours is beautiful!

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9 Patty August 31, 2012

Beautiful bar cookies Laura! I love roasting strawberries but have never tried roasting them with balsamic vinegar or honey, I really like the combination of flavors and can imagine how good it made the kitchen smell;-) Have a wonderful, relaxing holiday weekend:-)

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10 Valerie August 31, 2012

What a beautiful (and tasty) way to savor the last few days of summer!

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11 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers August 31, 2012

Your sweet treats are really amazing. I love this one too. I can’t make up my mind anymore which one I would like to try first! Have a good weekend Laura!

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12 Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen Adventures August 31, 2012

Yum! I love roasting fruit but I never thought to make anything with it. Great idea!

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13 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 31, 2012

Seeing the process photo from your Instagram, I was very afraid if roasted fruits would be enough because I know here and there I’d be eating the fruits. :-) How nice that you are still enjoying making the fruit desserts because day by day I start to worry if it’s becoming boring apple and orange season. When berries and peaches started to disappear from supermarket slowly I get panic. No, I’m not done eating yet! Never been enough. I love your bars. All nicely packed in square. :)

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14 suzanne Perazzini August 31, 2012

I’ve actually just cooked something similar with raspberries in the middle and a polenta crumb base and topping. These are such fresh tangy bars.

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15 brighteyedbaker August 31, 2012

Wow! Just the words “roasted strawberry peach” make me crave this. I’ve been wanting to try roasted strawberries with balsamic and I just love that you added peaches. Add that crumb topping and you just can’t make it better. I have to try this sometime!!

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16 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 1, 2012

I remember the first time I tried roasted balsamic strawberries, I thought it sounded odd but as you say, it produces amazing results! :D

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17 Carol | a cup of mascarpone September 1, 2012

These look heavenly, Laura! I’m up super early this morning and just catching up on my favorite bloggers newest posts, and now I want these for breakfast! Just lovely!!!

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18 Muna Kenny September 1, 2012

Roasted fruits take any dessert to the next level. The combination of these two fruits, I imagine would give creaminess and tanginess to the bars. The crunchy top seals the deal. These bars look amazing!

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19 Minnie(@thelady8home) September 1, 2012

This bar recipe really sounds awesome. Lovely desert.

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20 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 1, 2012

I keep looking at these photos and trying to imagine how they tast. I can barely wait to make these. Peaches better come soon.

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21 Jen @ Savory Simple September 1, 2012

These are wonderful! Roasted fruit is such a delicacy. Lately I’ve been sauteing peaches in cobbler topping and it’s just the easiest, most delicious thing. I love the use of balsamic here.

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22 Liz September 1, 2012

Oh, boy, here you go with another spectacular peach recipe!!!! YUM!

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23 Paula @ Vintage Kitchen September 1, 2012

Absolutely gorgeous colors and recipe, talk about ending summer with a blast! Wonderful Laura!

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24 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } September 1, 2012

What perfect end of summer bars! Love the roasting of the strawberries. I bet these did not stay around your house too long. Happy long weekend!!!

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25 Suzanne September 1, 2012

Sounds like a terrific way to use up those berries and fruits, great recipe Laura.

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26 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 1, 2012

Mmm, those balsamic roasted strawberries and peaches sound amazing!

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27 Anne@FromMySweetHeart September 1, 2012

Laura…I would have been happy with the balsamic drizzled and roasted fruit and a big spoon! What a beautiful way to get the most of the last of the best summer fruit. Love how jammy they get and sandwiching them between oatmeal is pretty scrumptious, too! : )

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28 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking September 2, 2012

i love roasting strawberries and adding some peaches sounds scrumptious.
a great end-of the summer treat

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29 Mercedes September 2, 2012

I love that you enhance the flavor of the fruit with balsamic vinegar! I love that combination!

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30 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 2, 2012

I love a good crumble, crisp, cobbler, crumbly topping of any kind and these are perfect!

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31 Anna @ hiddenponies September 2, 2012

oh yummmm. I love roasted fruit and anything with oats and butter involved – these look amazing!

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32 Baker Street September 3, 2012

Oh wow! What a simple idea to roast them! I’m sure these bars tasted heavenly.

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33 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 3, 2012

Incredible! I can just smell them now!

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34 Jenn and Seth September 3, 2012

oh wow this is wonderful! i have so many strawberries in the fridge right now – i just gotta make this!

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35 Terra September 3, 2012

I agree, it is a perfect idea to enjoy as much of the summer fruit as you can. I will miss all the delicious summer fruit for sure! That is why I for sure need to learn about canning soon:-) Your bars look fantastic! Hugs, Terra

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36 Lora @cakeduchess September 4, 2012

If I had the patience to roast my fruit…I would make these today! Love this delicious bar, Laura.xx

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37 claire @ the realistic nutritionist September 6, 2012

These are amazing!!

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38 Rosa September 7, 2012

Delicious bars! That fruit combination is just heavenly.

Cheers,

Rosa

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