Who loves when “Rustic” means less work? You can leave the skin on your peaches because it’ll soften during baking! I love that it adds a little bit more depth to the color of the dish.

Rustic Peach Bars

The Point
Peaches are one of the treasures of summer. Did you know peaches are one of the most ancient domesticated fruits? They were originally found in China and brought over to the US by Spanish monks.
These bars are so yummy that they make me want to grow a peach farm. Unfortunately, after consulting with the smartest person I know – my Dad – peach trees in Manitowoc are unlikely to succeed. I guess I'll have to stick to the grocery store for now.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 9 Bars
Peach Filling:
  • 2 cups peaches diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
Crust and Topping:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2/3 cup butter melted
  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F. Spray and line a 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
Peach Filling:
  • In a small bowl, add your diced peaches. Top with lemon juice and toss. Add your almond extract and top again.
  • Sprinkle the sugar and corn starch over the peaches and toss one last time to combine. Set aside.
Crust and Topping:
  • In a medium bowl, add your flour, oats, sugar cinnamon, and salt. Mix with a spatula. Pour in your melted butter and mix until completely combine.
  • Press about 2/3 of your crust into the bottom of your prepared pan.
  • Top the crust with the peach filling and add the remaining crust dough on top of the filling.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cook in pan for 1 hour or until cooled. Remove and cut into 9 pieces. Enjoy!

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