I know, I know, Fall is officially here and it’s not leaving anytime soon. But what if I tell you I got a recipe that takes you back in the middle of July(aka apricot heaven) with its fruity summery twist? Uh-huh, keep reading! These apricot crumb bars come together in no time and you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry!
Tips and tricks for the Apricot Crumb Bars:
-If you don’t really fancy apricots, you can switch to any kind of jam you have around the house. You can even use nut butters as fillings!
-For the dough, you will have to break the butter and incorporate the flour in it. If you don’t have a pastry cutter, try to avoid touching the butter dirrectly with your fingers, your body heat will warm it up. Make sure you cover the butter cubes in flour before smashing it; the coat of flour helps isolating it , wich mantains the butter cool.
-The most important part of this recipe is- and I can’t stress this enough- allowing the bars to cool down COMPLETELY before cutting them and taking them out of the tray! Trust me, I’m speaking from experience… They’re called crumb bars for a reason, you guys!
Apricot Oatmeal Crumb Bars
- 1½ cups flour
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1½ cups rolled oats
- 1 cup cold butter cut into cubes
- 1 cup apricot jam
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat your oven at 180°c and rub a 20x30cm pan with butter.
- In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
- Add the butter and bury it completely in the mixture. Break the cubes into smaller pieces, using your fingers or a pastry cutter. Make sure the butter is always covered with a coat of flour and you never touch it dirrectly with your fingers. This will help keeping the butter cool. Stop when your mix feels like cornmeal.
- Add the oats and mix together. Put half of the obtained mixture in the tray and press until firm.
- In a separate bowl, mix the apricot jam with vanilla extract. Add the mixture on top of the base and spread evenly. Crumble the rest of the oats mixture on top, without pressing it.
- Bake for 25 minutes at 180°C or until golden brown. Allow it to cool down completely before cutting the bars and taking them out of the tray.