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Brown Butter Cherry Bars

Brown Butter Cherry Bars


Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup graham flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Filling

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 6 Tbsp flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 cups fresh cherries, pitted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Whisk together flours, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Combine melted butter, sugars, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add flour mixture and fold in until incorporated.
  2. Press dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking pan and bake for 18 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 20 minutes.
  3. For the filling, cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Pour browned butter into a glass measuring cup to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk eggs, sugar and extracts in a medium bowl; add flour and salt and whisk until smooth. Gradually pour in cooled brown butter; whisk until completely blended. Pour filling over crust and arrange cherries in a single layer across the top, gently pressing them in.
  5. Return pan to oven and bake for 37 to 38 minutes, until filling is puffed and golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool bars completely in pan on a wire rack.
  6. Just before cutting, chill in the freezer for 15 minutes. Carefully lift parchment to remove bars from pan and place on a cutting board; cut into squares using a sharp knife. Store bars in a single layer in an airtight container in the refrigerator; let come to room temperature before serving.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Keywords: Brown Butter, Cherry, Bars, Cookie Bars