Peach Crumble Bars

Remember when I had a ton of peaches a couple weeks ago? I made salsa with some of them, but also made these bars. 
I am not normally crazy about peaches, but I was crazy about these bars. As much I wanted to dig in the second they came out of the oven, I found that they were really best at room temperature. So once they cooled down a bit, there was no holding back any longer.

These sweet bars were a well-welcomed change from my common ice cream or fro-yo summertime dessert. They don’t require too much work and serve as a great alternative to a pie. As you can tell, there are so many “pros” for this treat, I can’t think of a reason you shouldn’t make them.

Peach Crumble Bars
(Adapted from Annie’s Eats)

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 egg
5 medium peaches, peeled and chopped
5 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Pinch of ground nutmeg

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch pan and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, flour and salt. Cut in the butter and egg until butter chunks become size of peas. Spread half of this mixture in bottom of pan. Press down to form the crust.
3. In a separate bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and nutmeg. Mix in the chopped peaches and stir to combine. Spread peach mixture over the crust in the pan. Crumble the rest of the flour mixture evenly over top of the peaches.
4. Bake 40-45 minutes or until top crumble is golden brown. Cool completely, cut into squares and serve.

*Best kept in refrigerator up to 3 days

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Spicy Peach Salsa

Peach salsa1
I love salsa. I have already proclaimed my love here. But homemade salsa is even better than any store bought salsa. It is so quick and easy to make too. Literally you just throw everything in a bowl and stir to combine. You can make it hot and spicy, or sweet and fruity. Or, as I have done, you can do both.
Peach salsa 2
I wouldn’t call myself a peach person. I don’t not like them, but they are not ever my first fruit of choice. I don’t think I have ever even bought peaches for myself. 
Last week, the owner of my company brought in boxes and boxes of peaches that a friend of him had given for us. We were allowed to help ourselves so I fill a bag with the juicy orange fruit and sought out to make something new and delicious. 

Peach salsa 3
You know I wasn’t going to let these peaches get by without being put into a dessert. This salsa is not it. I made a sweet peach treat too, but those are for another day. 
Today I bring you Spicy Peach Salsa. 
Peach salsa 4
This was enjoyed with a bag of chips on the Fourth of July during a little cookout with our friends. A friend at work mentioned it would have been great on some fish tacos too. Now there’s a great idea!
Spicy Peach Salsa
Makes about 2 cups
Ingredients:
2 peaches, peeled and chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped yellow onion
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
Juice of 1 lime
2 teaspoons Tabasco
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in medium sized bowl. Stir well and serve.