Peach Crumb Bars

First day of school today. It’s amazing to watch the six different reactions to this important day. Such a testament to how different each child is and their stage of life:
#1 – My junior is doing half day at the high school and half day at the college. She has taken on quite the challenge. I think overwhelmed would be the adjective for her this morning.
#2 – My freshman is definitely on the intimidated side this morning. We had quite the stress trying to remind him of how to get to his locker. I can well remember that first day of high school and how insignificant I felt!
#3 – The only word for my sixth grader this morning would be unimpressed. Love that age because not much fazes them and they just go with the flow. I am savoring this stage with him because right around the corner is the teenage drama.
#4 – Of course, my second grader is completely intoxicated with the whole school setting. She can’t get enough of every aspect of it and could barely go to sleep last night.
#5 – My preschooler is completely impatient. His school doesn’t start for another two days and it will seriously be the longest two days of my life! I haven’t quite broken it to him yet that he doesn’t get to go every day like his older siblings. Wish me luck.
#6 – As for the one year old, she is completely confused. Why in the world did we wake her so early this morning? Where are all those great playmates? Why is it so quiet around here all of a sudden?
To reward what is always such a long first day, I made these outstanding treats to greet them as they walk in the door. As the school year drags on, I am often guilty of having “nothing good to eat” for an after school snack, but I like to pull out all the stops for the first day :)
These bars are phenomenal! Hurry and run out for some fresh peaches….now! Summer is almost over and the peaches will be gone. I’m already planning on coming up with a nice fall version with apples. I actually made a half recipe in a 11×7 pan and they cooked for the same amount of time.

Peach Crumb Bars

(makes a 9 x 13 pan, about 24 bars: half recipe can go in a 11 x 7 pan)
For the Crust:
3 C flour
1 C sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 C butter, cold and cubed
1 egg, beaten
For the Filling:
5 C peeled and diced peaches (about 6 peaches)
2 Tb fresh lemon juice
1/2 C flour
1 C sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
2. For the dough: In a large bowl (or your food processor), mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter until the butter is the size of small peas. Add the egg and continue to cut in the dough. The dough will be crumbly. Pour half of the dough into the pan and press down until firm. Refrigerate pan and remaining dough while you make the filling.
3. For the filling: Place the diced peaches in a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix until the dry ingredients are evenly coated on the peaches. Spread this mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble the remaining dough over the peach layer.
4. Bake for 45 minutes (same cooking time for a half recipe), until top is slightly browned. Cool completely before slicing into bars.


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