Apricot-Raspberry Crumble Bars

Posted by on July 5, 2010 | 13 Comments

My home is still overflowing with apricots from our CSA, so I knew they would make their way into some sort of dish for our “neighborhood” 4th of July BBQ.

Last year we moved into a small group of tall condos that share a very nice common backyard. Since it is a tourist town, we only have a few permanent neighbors, while the rest are vacation homes. But almost everyone is in town for the 4th of July to enjoy the mountain air and the beaches … so it seems they have started an annual barbecue tradition as a way for everyone to meet up … even past owners of the condos! Yep, even those who have moved onto new places showed up to visit old friends and neighbors. We were honored to have been invited.

Perhaps we will receive a repeat invite next year, since these apricot-raspberry crumble bars seemed to go over quite well …

apricot-raspberry crumble bars

 

Fruity Crumble Bars

Feel free to use the fruit and/or berries of your choice (peaches, blueberries, cherries, apples, blackberries, etc.). You can vary the sugar in the fruit filling based on the fruit you use and how ripe it is. I only used 3/4 cup for the apricots and raspberries, but the filling came out a bit too tart – I would use a full 1 cup for those next time.

This recipe is Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, and Soy-Free.

  • 3 Cups All-Purpose or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Dairy-Free Margarine (I used Earth Balance Soy-Free)
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Juice or Milk Alternative
  • 4 Cups Berries and/or Finely Diced Fruit (I used 3 cups diced apricots, very well packed and one 6-ounce pint of raspberries (about 1-1/3 cups))
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Juice or other Citrus Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Orange Zest (optional)
  • 3/4 to 1 Cup White Sugar (see notes above)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch

Preheat your oven to 375ºF and grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

In a mixing bowl, or in your food processor, combine the flour, sugars, baking powder and salt.

In a small dish, whip together the egg and vanilla.

Add the margarine and egg mixture to the flour mixture, and cut it in with a fork or pastry blender (this can also be done in a food processor). Thick crumbs should form.

Remove 2 full cups of the crumb mixture (about half) to another bowl and set aside.

Add the juice or milk alternative to the remaining crumbs and combine. It should make a thick dough. Press the dough evenly into your prepared baking dish.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the fruit, juice, zest (if using), sugar, and cornstarch. Spread the fruit mixture over top of the dough in your baking dish, and sprinkle it all with the reserved crumbles.

Bake for about 45 minutes, or until it is slightly browned on top.

Optional: If you want to ensure the flavor of your fruit filling, go ahead and cook the fruit / berries over medium-low heat, along with the juice and zest, sweetening to taste. Thicken with the cornstarch. 

Yields dozens of cakey, crumble-topped bars

apricot-raspberry crumble bars

Blog Events:

I had (have) a tone of apricots, but I threw in the raspberries just so these bars would qualify for this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient (BSI) Event!

Comments (13)

 

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  2. Fiona says:

    *drool*

    I baked my first thing from your book last night – banana cake with the nut topping and it was a hit! 🙂

  3. Joanne says:

    Apricots are such a temperamental fruit…it’s so hard to find a really good one. But I think that’s why baking with them is so appealing. Then you get all of their fabulous flavor and they taste good no matter what!

    I love these bars…the combo with the raspberries sounds delicious. What lucky neighbors you have!

  4. Kiersten says:

    Those look like such a good summer dessert!

  5. Simply Life says:

    oh yum! what a great idea!

  6. Biz says:

    Great idea to add the raspberries! 😀

  7. […] my typical healthy fare, but yummy! I posted the recipe for these Apricot-Raspberry Crumble Bars (dairy-free and soy-free) here on One Frugal Foodie. I […]

  8. Donna says:

    OMG do these bars look delish. The raspberry-apricot pairing is genius! These are now on my Must-Try Soon List.

  9. Lazaro says:

    Glad I found your blog. You are involved in a CSA very impressive. Look forward to following you here.

    Thank you for the kind words about my dish.

    Be well

  10. Lori says:

    Do you have any idea how great those look???? I bet you do since you’re the one tasting them! YUM!

  11. Oh these look delicious! Crumble anything is always a hit in my book and apricot is such a delicous summer fruit- too bad its winter for me…

  12. TomH says:

    At first I thought, “wow, these look delicious!” but then I realized that they are actually quite healthy and I got very excited. Thanks!

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