Apricot Frangipane Crumble Bars

Apricot Frangipane Crumble Bars ~ these shortbread crumble bars are easy to put together, and the flavor combination of apricot and almonds is intoxicating! They are a beautiful way to use fresh, summer apricots.

Photo of a square of Apricot Frangipane Crumble Bars on a piece of parchment paper against a wood background with apricots.

Sometimes it makes my head spin how fast the seasons come and go. It’s already apricot season again, if you can believe it. I can’t complain, though, because they’re my favorite fruit for baking. They have a firm texture, just enough juiciness, and a great tart flavor. They work really well for bars like these because that flavor doesn’t get muffled by all those wonderful frangipane crumbles.

Close up photo of Apricot Frangipane Crumble Bars on a wood cutting board.

Truth is, when I eat apricots I think of my mom. She died almost 21 years ago. Way too early for her, and way too early for me. An entire person could have grown up and blossomed in that gaping span of time. I know that because she died just after my youngest daughter was born, and she’s turning 21 next month.

Photo of apricots for Apricot Frangipane Crumble Bars.

I think of my mom because the last thing I made for her right before she died was a fresh apricot tart. Her cancer had hit that critical point where it was so widespread there was nothing anyone could do for her. And because of all the medication and radiation treatments she had no appetite left for anything. One of the things that bugged her the most was that nothing tasted good. Nothing appealed to her, and it seemed like all the pleasures of life were slowly draining from her body and spirit. But, as it turned out, she devoured my apricot tart, and it gave her one last unexpected burst of enjoyment. That’s the enduring detail, anyway, from those last few days that has stayed with me ever since.

Photo of Apricot Frangipane Crumble Bars in a baking pan before baking.

It just shows you the power that really good ingredients, cooked from scratch, can have. Of course working with a passion and a purpose doesn’t hurt. If your apricots are ripe and vaguely local, these apricot frangipane crumble bars won’t disappoint you.

Frangipane is a classic French filling made with ground almonds. The flavor and texture is one of the greats. It’s usually made with eggs, too, but I left them out because I’m going for a crisper shortbread texture in these bars.

Photo of a stack of Apricot Frangipane Crumble Bars.

Apricots, like so many fruits, actually get better and more intensely flavored after they’re baked. My APRICOT PIE is a great example of that, it’s probably the best pie I’ve ever had. Cooked apricots also feature in my 5-MINUTE STONE FRUIT BREAKFAST CRISP and in my APRICOT TURNOVERS.

 

Photo of a Apricot Frangipane Crumble Bar on a piece of parchment paper with a knife against a wood background.


Reader Rave ~

“I cooked this twice because the first time it was gone in just a few hours!
Today was the third time and now I made it a simple crumble just the fruits at the bottom of the pan and the crumble over. I have to say, both ways were excellent. Your recipe is so incredibly good!
Thank you Sue,”
 ~  Alexandra


Close up photo of Apricot Frangipane Crumble Bars on a wood cutting board.
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Apricot Frangipane Crumble Bars

Apricot Frangipane Crumble Bars ~ these shortbread crumble bars are easy to put together, and the flavor combination of apricot and almonds is intoxicating! They are a beautiful way to use fresh, summer apricots.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 2 sticks, unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste or exract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup almond flour or almond meal (you can grind your own almonds in a processor)
  • about 6 or 7 apricots thinly sliced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Crumble topping

  • reserved 1 cup of the shortbread dough
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  • Set oven to 350F
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until nice and fluffy. Add in the extracts.
  • Whisk together the salt, flour and almond meal, and add it slowly to the butter and sugar until you get a crumbly dough. Reserve 1 cup of the mixture.
  • Line an 8x8 inch square baking dish with parchment paper, with edges overlapping the sides if you want to remove the squares from the pan for easier cutting. If not, lightly grease the pan. Pat the dough into the bottom with your hands, or use the back of a measuring cup to tamp down the dough. Don't pack it down super hard, just get it spread out and relatively flat.
  • Arrange the apricot slices evenly over the top of the dough. Double up a little if you want.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice evenly over the apricots.
  • Make the crumble topping by mixing the sliced almonds with the reserved dough. Lightly mix with your fingertips, forming large crumbs. Scatter the crumbs evenly over the apricots.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes until lightly golden.
  • Cool slightly before cutting.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

make these apricot frangipane crumble bars your own ~

  • If you don’t have access to fresh apricot, try substituting apricot jam!

 

 

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  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    May 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    What a sweet memory and lovely post Sue. Your bars look amazing, I can’t believe it’s apricot season either, wow! I’m sure your mom would have loved this crumbly tart!

    • Reply
      Sue/the view from great island
      May 11, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      I have a pile of apricots left, so I have a feeling they’ll show up again this week in some form or another. Happy Mother’s Day Chris.

  • Reply
    Jude
    May 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Beautiful post…So wonderful for Mothers Day weekend.

  • Reply
    Reeni
    May 12, 2013 at 12:04 am

    What a sweet tribute to your Mom! Apricots and frangipane make a the most delicious pair! Happy Mother’s Day!

    • Reply
      Sue/the view from great island
      May 12, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      Thanks, Reeni May—you see frangipane with pears a lot, I think because Martha Stewart has a classic recipe that everyone makes, but I think the apricots are even better 🙂

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    Susan
    May 11, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    What a beautiful remembrance that brings tears to my eyes. What a beautiful treat of apricots…a very favorite of mine. Happy Mother’s Day to you. Blessings.

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    belleau kitchen
    May 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    awww… I was just writing on another blog how food is the most wonderful way to remind ourselves of people and places and this memory will always be with us whenever we cook or eat certain foods… your apricot frangipane bars are stunning, the apricot colour has actually made my mouth juice up a little!… happy mothers day!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      May 11, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      I wasn’t intending to write a mother’s day post at all, but, just like you said, food has a way of drawing things out of us.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    May 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I once made apricot jelly crumble bars very similar to this with a crust-filling-streusel (and used some PB in there too..lol) and they were so good and yours look AMAZING!!! I love apricots AND crumble topping!

    And your story seriously brings tears to my eyes about your mom and this recipe. I am so sorry.

    Happy Mother’s Day weekend to you 🙂

    • Reply
      Sue/the view from great island
      May 11, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      Thanks, Averie.
      I’m seriously hooked on these crumble squares, and I’m pretty sure I’ll embarrass myself by repeating them over and over again with different fruits, etc.

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    May 11, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    What a beautiful memory. And these bars sound absolutely divine, Sue! I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

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    Mary Younkin
    May 11, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I have tears in my eyes, Sue. What a beautiful tribute to your mom. Apricots remind me of my mom and my grandmother both. We spent most of our childhood picking up apricots off the ground and picking them from my grandmother’s trees.

    My mom lives in that house now and she plans her calendar around apricot season every year. Apricot jam was the first jam I made and my mom still makes it almost every year. There are apricots in her freezer year round.

    I will be making these amazing looking bars this year, Sue. I can’t wait now!

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    Janice Pattie
    May 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    What a touching story, my mum and I both love apricots. I can remember apricot jam which came in a tin and we would pick out the whole apricots with a spoon and eat them, it seems to decadent! Beautiful bake, one to bookmark.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      May 11, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      These are really very good, I hope you get a chance to try them. I do think you could make them with a very good jam, as well. Probably not quite as good as with fresh fruit, but some jams are really special.

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    Nantucket Daffodil
    May 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    These are amazing. I love how the apricots look al lined up….so pretty! I love cooking with fruit in spring and summer.

    • Reply
      Sue/the view from great island
      May 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      Those red, or purple fruit are a variety of apricot, I forgot to mention that in the post. I think they’re called black apricots.

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