Monday, June 13, 2011

TSRC: Strawberry Crumble Bars

This time around for The Secret Recipe Club I was assigned the lovely blog Six Kilos of Pumpkin. It is so hard not to send a message and get to know someone. Instead you have to skim their blog, read older posts and get to know them that way. One thing I did notice was anything she put in the oven was in Celsius temperature. Oh oh! I felt a challenge coming on because I knew I’d have to make several adjustments to whatever recipe I was making. Some of her wording was a little different, like mince must be ground beef. That took me a second to figure out. ;)

I was expecting to find a lot of pumpkin recipes (hence the blog name) but instead I found out she eats gluten free and she keeps her recipes simple. I’m currently trying to be a good girl and if I bake anything it has to be something healthy like granola. I found her recipe for Boysenberry Crumble Bars that was originally adapted from another site that made them 100% gluten free. I skimmed both recipes and saw some changes she had made from the original so her dad could eat them since he didn’t eat gluten free. I would of loved to add coconut to these bars but my boyfriend literally hates coconut! I ended up using fresh strawberries mixed with some peach preserves and extra virgin olive oil instead of butter.

Everything baked up really well, tasted fabulous but after 1 day they were SO MOIST they literally were crumbled up bars. I made sure to convert the oil just right to butter ratio but I’m sure I could of used a little less. I also would of baked it up in a 9 x 9 square pan, then a 9 x 13 pan because it is just too large, IMO. That might be why the bars were so crumbly. Oh well, they made a fabulous topping with plain Greek yogurt. Oh and that almond crumble topping was AMAZING! It was my snack since I had so much leftover of it. ;) Plus my boyfriend liked it and that meant these weren’t going to waste. YAY!


I’d just make the crumble again and use it as granola!

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Strawberry Crumble Bars

Adapted from Six Kilos of Pumpkin

Ingredients- Crust

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup almond meal

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon bourbon vanilla extract

--------- Fruit Filling

1 1/2 cups of strawberries, halved

3 tablespoons peach preserves (any flavor would work, not necessary though)

--------- Crumble

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2/3 cups sliced unsalted and dry toasted almonds

1/2 teaspoon bourbon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper. Make sure to have a little overhang which will help when removing the bars from the pan and to cut them.

Combine all ingredients from the first section except the oil. Add in the oil a little at a time to get a sandy consistency. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and pat down to make a firm base. Bake for 7 minutes or until golden brown.

In a separate bowl smash the strawberries with the peach preserves. Once the crust has cooled a bit add the fruit topping to the crust. Distribute evenly. The peach preserves made it rather runny and couldn’t be detected after it was baked up. The strawberries were definitely sweeter though!


For the crumble, combine all the ingredients into a small bowl. Add the crumble to the top of the bars evenly. Save extra to enjoy as a snack. The almonds make this crumble!



Before going into the oven.

Bake for 20 minutes, then let rest in the baking pan for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool on a cooling rack. Cool completely before cutting into bars.



I haven’t really baked with extra virgin olive oil before but lately I’ve been using it a bit more since I don’t have canola oil. It distributes such a unique and flavorful taste to these bars. It isn’t overly pronounced in the bars and thanks to the dark brown sugar, they are rich and sweet. If only I had some vanilla ice cream to eat with these crumble bars…




Ali said...

Ooh, strawberries and almonds, I am in love Fallon! :) I feel your pain on the coconut issue. I love coconut but the spouse isn't into it whatsoever. That doesn't necessarily stop me from making stuff with it though, he can tough it out. LOL. I am so cruel.

The bars turned out beautifully. I am intrigued by the olive oil substitution instead of butter. It sounds delicious.

emily jane said...

Glad you liked it! Looking forward to reading through your blog archives now we're properly acquainted :P

Unknown said...

I've seen so many great bar recipes at the secret recipe club that it's going to be difficult to choose for the bake sale on Wednesday!

Angie - Big Bears Wife said...

The bars look delish!! Found this through the The Secret Recipe Club blog hop :)

Sara said...

This looks delicious! Sounds like a great yogurt topping! :)

Tessa said...

I have had trouble converting things too. Glad you liked the bars!

Anne said...

That looks really yummy, crumbly or no.

Lisa~~ said...

I'm enjoying my first month in the Secret Recipe Club and checking out all the blogs and recipes and these bars look wonderful.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Wow...these look amazing! I love using fresh strawberries in desserts. Great pick for SRC :)

Anonymous said...

This looks good! Love SRC because one gets introduced to so many great recipes! Wonderful!

Chelle B said...

I am so happy to be a part of the Secret Recipe Club and in such good company. These bars look and sound wonderful. I would feel less guilty eating these because of the addition of fruit. Yummy!

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said...

I am seriously loving on some strawberries these days! The crumble looks delicious!

Kristen said...

I think the strawberries were a perfect choice for those bars. They sound so good.

Shelby said...

Fallon, you are so cute! LOL. I love how you think and work things out. AND if you ask me, those bars look yummy as bars!

Unknown said...

These bars look awesome. Different food tastes are always something that I've to deal with too!

McKayla said...

MMMMMmmmmmm. These look awesome! The texture just looks great :)

amanda @ fake ginger said...

Oh my gosh, these look so delicious even if they were a little crumbly! I bet the almonds were perfect in it!

Ruchi M said...

Looks delish. And I can eat strawberries in anything...