Raspberry Apricot Crumb Bars

by Kate on June 3, 2013

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Autumn is my favorite season but as much as I adore pumpkin, apples and the warmth of autumn spices once the warm weather emerges, summer flavors are among my favorite. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apricots and peaches are constantly stocked in our home and we all devour them quickly. We seriously eat a lot of fruit in our house. When I bit into these lovely Raspberry Apricot Crumb Bars, it was like summer in my mouth. The tart sweetness of both raspberries and apricots with a buttery crumble over top was bar perfection.

I couldn’t have selected a better recipe this month for the Secret Recipe Club. I was paired with Edesia’s Notebook this month and was thrilled with my assignment. I was already familiar with Lesa’s recipes and blog. I couldn’t wait to get started.  I was immediately drawn to her Caramel Apple Crisp Pizza. It was like a thin crust, flat apple pie with a crumbled, oat topping and a drizzle of caramel sauce. But then I saw another apple pie creation with a cheddar crust and BACON STREUSEL!! And you know how I feel about bacon in dessert applications! That IS going to be made in my kitchen some time for sure.

As wonderful as both those apple pies looked to me, they didn’t feel “summery.” That’s when I came across Lesa’s Blackberry Apricot Crumb Bars. This was it, this was the recipe I wanted to make. I had just been thinking recently it had been a while since I made any “bar” type recipes. In fact, Fresh Raspberry Bars were the last recipe I made… back in 2011!!! How is that even possible? Given their ease, I’m not sure why I don’t make them more often. The only other bar recipe I have in the Babbles repertoire were Lemon Squares. (Please ignore all those terrible early pictures. Yikes!)

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Both those recipes are favorites of mine and these Raspberry Apricot Crumb Bars have definitely now fallen into my “favorites” category too. Buttery little jam bars that are so easy to make and absolutely a little handheld bite of summer. Now, I need to make more bars in the future and not wait another 2 years to do so!

Enjoy!

~K

Raspberry Apricot Crumb Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

40 minutes

Yield: 16 Squares

Raspberry Apricot Crumb Bars

Sweet, tart jam bars with a buttery crust and crumble over the top.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plus 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°. Coat a 9x13” baking dish with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Add melted butter and vanilla, mix together to form a soft dough. Reserve 2/3 cup of the dough. Press the remaining dough into bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the raspberry jam and apricot preserves. Spread jam mixture over baked crust. Crumble reserved dough over the top of jam. Bake an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pan on rack. Once cooled, cut into 16 squares.

Notes

Adapted from Edesia's Notebook.

http://foodbabbles.com/raspberry-apricot-crumb-bars/



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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Sweet as Sugar Cookies June 3, 2013 at 12:46 am

This recipe is just perfect for the summertime. What a sweet pick!

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sara June 3, 2013 at 2:37 am

These look so tasty! I LOVE jam bars! 🙂

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Kate June 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Thanks Sara! So do I!!

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Laura@bakinginpyjamas June 3, 2013 at 9:04 am

I love the summery flavours in these. Delicious 🙂

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Kate June 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Thanks Laura! They were so delicious and definitely perfect for summer.

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AmandaE June 3, 2013 at 9:59 am

Never had a jam bar before – tho I can’t wait to correct that “problem”. Perfect SRC pick – and perfect recipe for summer 🙂

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Kate June 3, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Oh they’re so very good Amanda! Hope you give them a try. This recipe is so quick and easy too! A perfect introduction to jam bars.

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Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook June 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

Great choice, Kate. So glad you liked them. Thanks for the lovely comments!

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Kate June 3, 2013 at 8:22 pm

You’re very welcome, Lesa! Loved having your blog this month 🙂

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Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life June 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

These are gorgeous, Kate!

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Kate June 3, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Thank you Rachel!

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kelly @ kellybakes June 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm

One of my favorite fruit combos! Love these, Kate!

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Kate June 3, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Thanks so much Kelly!

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Camilla @ Culinary Adventures June 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Delicious! They are so pretty, too. Can’t wait to give this a try.

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Kate June 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Thank you Camilla! Hope you enjoy them.

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Vicki @ WITK June 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm

This sounds like an amazing bar! I’ve got to head to the farmers market for some fresh fruit!

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Kate June 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Thanks Vicki! They’re so sweet, tart and delicious.

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leigh June 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Yes please! 🙂

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laurasmess June 3, 2013 at 11:54 pm

These bars sound absolutely delicious… packed with Summery sweet berries and buttery pastry. Great pick Kate! Can’t wait to try them myself (plus… that bacon streusel sounds amazing. I’m heading over to Edesia’s Notebook to find the recipe now!)

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Anna June 4, 2013 at 12:04 am

These look so yummy! I do that too – find recipes I really like and then don’t make them for ages.

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Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes June 6, 2013 at 10:24 pm

These are beautiful…so summery. They look amazing!

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Kate June 7, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Thanks so much Nicole!

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ang September 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Wow, those look amazing, Kate! I never would have thought to combine raspberry and apricot – great idea!
I’m sorry I didn’t see this in time to include them in my round up, but I’m pining to my raspberry board.
Hope you’re having a great day!
Ang

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Kate September 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm

No apologies! Thanks for the pin and I’m so happy you like these!

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