These Peaches Bars have a fabulous crumble topping and make the perfect quick and easy dessert.
Whether you are looking for a sweet treat for breakfast, dessert or even for a party, these Peach Pie Crumble Bars are sure to please! Made using deliciously sweet peaches paired with a crispy shortbread crust, these bars are the ultimate decadent treat.
Why shortbread makes such a tasty topping
Shortbread originated in Scotland and dates back to medieval times, although there have been several variations of shortbread that have evolved over the years.
True Scottish shortbread evolved from a type of biscuit bread which was baked twice to form an enriched bread roll. This was then coated in sugar and spices, producing a hardened rusk. Shortbread recipes now use copious amounts of butter, creating a luscious cookie with a very distinctive flavor and texture.
The recipe below calls for fresh peaches. The peak season for fresh peaches falls between June and September, so you may need to use an alternative.
Luckily, frozen or canned peaches work just as well in this recipe and can be easily used instead.
If you choose to use either frozen or canned peaches, just substitute them for equal parts of fresh peaches.
You will need to thaw frozen peaches well and drain them before use - canned peaches will simply need draining thoroughly.
Did you know that canned peaches can, in fact, be healthier than fresh?
You may be a little surprised to hear this, but the canning process can actually open the cell walls of the peach, allowing its nutrients to be more easily absorbed by our bodies.
Of course, peaches in syrup are packed with a lot of sugar. For a healthier option, look for peaches canned in 'light' syrup or fruit juice.
More peach recipes
And remember - peaches don't JUST have to be used in sweet recipes. Try this Pan Roasted Chicken with Peach Blueberry Sauce and you'll see what we mean!