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Becca’s Book, Serial #3 and Peach Pie Bars

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Of all the fruits in the world, only peaches have crossed over into positive slang. The term peachy–as in “Everything is peachy!”–suggests that all is well. Now I don’t know how peaches came to deserve such recognition, but I’m not about to argue with it. Peaches–the fruit, the flavor, the color, the texture–are both unique and delicious. When there are peaches in the house (or in my stomach), I’m a happy camper. With peaches around, everything is peachy.

And so it is with these Peach Pie Bars. They unite the delicious flavor of peach pie with the ease of serving and eating of a dessert bar–the perfect combination! On top of that, the recipe is simple and quick. So give these Peach Pie Bars a try and discover–again or for the first time–how appropriate it is that peaches have their own slang term.

And take a look at or listen to the third part of Becca’s Book. The romance between Zach and Becca is blossoming–almost peachy but with a few bumps in the road. See if it, along with these peachy bars, doesn’t put a smile on your face.

 peach pie bar

Peach Pie Bars

2 medium peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced 1/4 inch thick

1 Tablespoon light brown sugar

1 1/2 Tablespoons water or whiskey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

7 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Combine peaches, brown sugar, water (or whiskey), and vanilla in a bowl. Set aside while you make the crust.

sliced peaches

To make crust, combine the butter, granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, and salt; make sure ingredients are well mixed. Reserve 1/4 cup of this mixture for topping; press remaining mixture in the bottom of the loaf pan. Make sure the crust covers the bottom of the pan and is even.

Add cornstarch to the peaches and stir together. Pour peaches on top of crust. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup crust mixture over top of peaches.

peachpie bars

Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting.

Makes 8 bars.

bite of bar

{Adapted from Dessert for Two}

Becca's Book cover

Becca’s Book, Serial #3, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Becca’s Book, Serial #3, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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