White Peach Bars

The perfect late summer dessert - juicy white peaches baked in a buttery shortbread crumble crust

White Peach Bars ~ these are thing things summer dreams are made of, with delicate and juicy white peaches baked up in a butter golden shortbread crumble crust !

The perfect late summer dessert - juicy white peaches baked in a buttery shortbread crumble crust

These white peach bars have a heavenly flavor!

Apparently, farmers used to throw white peaches in the trash, thinking the easily bruised, pale fruit couldn’t compete with sturdy, bright yellow peaches in the supermarkets of America. I’m so glad they finally realized there was a taste for this beautiful, delicate variety. When you bite into a white peach there’s a hint of floral, and they’re sweeter, and less acidic than the yellow ones. I add a touch of fresh lemon juice to balance out that sweetness. Their pale flesh bakes up to a gorgeous blush color when you leave the peel on. I almost always leave the peel on stone fruit because that’s where so much of the flavor and color is. They are so appealing baked up into these crumble squares. Serve warm with a little creme fraiche or vanilla bean ice cream.

white peaches

what you’ll need for peach crumble bars

  • Peaches ~ I like to use ripe but firm fruit to bake with. The baking softens it and brings out the juiciness , but firm fruit holds its shape so you don’t end up with mush. You really only need 2 good sized peaches for this dessert.
  • butter ~ unsalted
  • sugar ~ granulated
  • oat flour ~ gives these bars a melting texture
  • all purpose flour
  • rolled oats ~ add lovely texture.
  • salt
  • lemon juice
  • cornstarch
  • vanilla extract ~ you might enjoy almond instead.
Buttery White Peach Crumble Bars

These white peach bars are a lovely summer treat that hints of fall

They’re especially wonderful when you are a little sick of frozen, no-bake, and otherwise chilly desserts. They’re absolutely divine with coffee for breakfast or tea in the afternoon.

Delicate White Peach Crumble Bars

alternative flavoring ideas

I used vanilla in the shortbread dough, but it occurred to me as I was taste testing these that maybe a hint of cinnamon or other warm spice would also be nice. Possibly cardamom, nutmeg, or allspice…choose only one, and just use a pinch,  so as not to overpower. If you’re feeling rich, vanilla bean would be incredible.

White peach crumble bars

more ways to enjoy peaches

So many ways to enjoy peaches when they’re around for all too brief a time.

The perfect late summer dessert - juicy white peaches baked in a buttery shortbread crumble crust
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White Peach Bars

White Peach Bars ~ these are thing things summer dreams are made of, with delicate and juicy white peaches baked up in a butter golden shortbread crumble crust!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 12 servings
Calories 273kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

filling

  • 2 large ripe but firm white peaches
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

dough

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (substitute regular flour if you like)
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp rolled oats, quick cooking or regular

Instructions

  • Set the oven to 350F. Lightly spray a 9×9 baking dish. I like to line it with a piece of parchment so I can lift out the bars for neat cutting, but this isn't necessary.
  • Wash and slice the peaches, but do not peel them. Put the slices in a bowl and toss gently with the lemon juice and the cornstarch. Set aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together and then beat in the salt and the vanilla. Blend in the flours and stir just until the mixture comes together in a crumbly texture. Do not add the rolled oats at this time.
  • Take about 2/3 of the dough and press lightly into the bottom of your prepared baking dish. Flour your hands if the dough is too sticky to pat down.
  • Give the peaches a final toss and lay them out across the dough. If they are super juicy, don’t add all the extra juices.
  • Mix the oats into the remaining dough with your fingertips. Crumble it over the peaches. Don’t worry about covering all the fruit, some can peek through.
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes, until the crust is just beginning to turn golden around the edges and the fruit is bubbling.
  • Let cool a bit before cutting.

Nutrition

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 554IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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.

tips:

  • Use ripe but firm fruit. Too much juice will make the bars soggy.
  • If you need to do some of the work ahead of time, make the dough and pat the crust into the pan, but don’t slice or add the peaches or topping until ready to bake.
  • Don’t store these under plastic, they will become too moist. A loose layer of foil is fine.
  • These are best eaten the day they are made.

make these your own:

  • Any not-too-juicy stone fruit would work with these bars. Firmer Italian plums would be a good choice, as would apricots, nectarines, and firm pluots.
  • Add vanilla bean to the crust, or a dash of spice like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, or allspice.
  • Substitute almond extract for the vanilla and add sliced almonds to the top crust.
  • You can leave out the oat flour and just use all-purpose flour. You can use white whole wheat flour in place of the all-purpose flour.
  • A good gluten free flour blend should work well with this recipe.
  • Make this in a round 9 inch cake or tart pan and serve it in wedges.
  • I don’t think it needs a glaze, but you could make a simple drizzle out of the leftover juices and some confectioner’s sugar. Drizzle the squares before serving.

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  • Reply
    Katie Lentz
    September 25, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    5 stars
    Oh, and I use almond flour (almond meal) in place of the oat flour. I have another recipe that I love that requires it but I never knew what to do with all the extra before this recipe! It really is a favorite around our house! We did cherries this summer with it as well!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 25, 2020 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks Katie, I love the idea of using almond flour!

  • Reply
    Katie L
    September 24, 2020 at 6:57 am

    5 stars
    I made these ALL summer. I’d like to try making a fall version with thinly sliced apples. Think it will work? Any tips?

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 24, 2020 at 10:12 am

      Gosh I never thought about apple pops, you’re so creative Katie. I think maybe puree (aka applesauce) might work, in the same way as with the peaches. I’m not sure, though. Worth a try!

  • Reply
    BARBARA GUSS
    August 14, 2020 at 11:05 am

    5 stars
    These are absolutely “to die for!” A well-deserved treat in this summer of Covid-19. I made these as a dessert for four during a “quarantini” gathering on our pack portal in Santa Fe. Our Peaches from Colorado are luscious this time of year. I want to make another batch…and another…as long as I can get these glorious Peaches. My question: can I freeze these bars and expect them to thaw successfully? Maybe needing a quick pop in the oven to crisp the crisp? I look forward to you cookbook after years now as a true follower. I look forward to each of your email visits to my kitchen! Stay safe…and thanks again, Barbara in Santa Fe

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 14, 2020 at 12:28 pm

      Hey Barbara, thanks for the glowing review! These bars should freeze nicely for you.

  • Reply
    lisa g.
    May 11, 2018 at 11:21 am

    These look delicious! Will make!

  • Reply
    Susie
    August 11, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Sue, I have small peaches. They are from my mother’s tree, I really want to try this recipe but I am afraid I won’t put enough in… when you use 2 large ripe peaches; is that 3-4 medium? I am looking for a weight because large is subjective and the last time I tried a recipe large was just not enough to flavor what I had.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 12, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Just slice up enough peaches to cover the whole surface of the bottom crust, Susie, I’m not sure about the weight so I can’t say. There is some leeway as to how thick your peach layer is. If your peaches are small, try starting with 4.

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