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Apricot Crumb Bars

Apricot Crumb Bars


Ingredients

Crust & Crumbs

  • 14 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 Tbsp ice water

Filling

  • 2 Tbsp bourbon
  • 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced apricots

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a medium brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. Whisk together brown butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until combined. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl; add to butter mixture and fold in until incorporated. Reserve 3/4 cup of dough for topping; mix in a bowl with sliced almonds and ice water until combined and keep chilled until ready to use.
  3. Press remaining dough evenly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake crust for 14 to 16 minutes, until lightly golden and set. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes.
  4. For the filling, combine bourbon, 3 tablespoons sugar, and sliced apricots in a bowl. Let stand for 20 minutes, tossing occasionally. Spoon apricots over cooled crust, leaving most of the juices behind. Sprinkle fruit with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and crumble reserved dough over filling.
  5. Bake for another 36 to 38 minutes, until topping is golden and filling slightly bubbly. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Just before cutting, chill in the freezer for 10 minutes. Carefully lift parchment and place bars on a cutting board; cut into squares with a sharp knife.

Keywords: Apricot, Brown Butter, Crumb Bars

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