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
    shannon weber
    May 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Sue, what a beautiful post; it brought tears to my eyes. I cannot imagine how it feels to lose a mother, let alone so early in life; i can’t even fathom it. Thinking of you, and everyone else who’s had to deal with something which should never happen in life, i think.

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    Magnolia Verandah
    May 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

    These look good enough to eat right off the page! Beautiful colour of those apricots. My best friend died of cancer in 2008 and I can remember her saying that food just didn’t taste the same and her husband became quite the cook to tempt her tastebuds. Lovely post – lovely slice.

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    Tricia Buice
    May 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Sue – these look perfect. Absolutely perfect! Wow – I never knew we shared such similar memories. My Mom passed away from cancer May 30, 1992 while both my children were still so young. She was at home with us and in the end the only thing she could taste and would eat was bacon. I held her hand as she took her last breath. Still miss her every single day. I was the daughter that cooked and baked with her and hardly ever missed a meal as long as I didn’t have to drink milk. Yuck. Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day and thanks for sharing this story. I understand, I completely understand.

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    Jennifer
    May 13, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Thank you for sharing such a special memory. It made me cry! I will definitely be making these delicious-looking squares.

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    Diva Divorcee
    May 12, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I know it was unintentional, but you brought tears to my eyes. Last year I was dealing with ovarian cancer and with all the unpleasantness, food that appealed was low on the list. My kids worked hard to try and find something appealing and had they had this recipe, life would have been better. Apricots are my favorite fruit…Happy Mother’s Day!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      May 12, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      It just goes to show that our enjoyment of food is so important to us on so many levels. I hope you’ve got the cancer behind you, and Happy Mother’s Day!

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    MD White
    May 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Your story is also my story. Could we have been baking/cooking for our moms at the same time? Maybe not apricots but the story and the cancer was the same. This post must have been a GodWink, because even the Frangipane was a special topic between my mom & I. Hope you are having a nice Mother’s Day. Thanks for yet another recipe I will try!

  • Reply
    MadSCAR
    May 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Love it! Thanks for recipe 🙂

  • Reply
    Victoria
    May 12, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Such a lovely post

  • Reply
    Louise @ INGREDIENTS
    May 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day, Sue – I hope you and your family have a wonderful day. Thank you for sharing the story of your apricot tart and your mother -it brought tears to my eyes.

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