Baking and I are not friends (unless a box of Funfetti is involved). Specks of flour sneakily inch into every kitchen corner and crevice, or I clumsily drop an entire bottle of vanilla into the batter whenever I bake. Usually more batter is on me than in the pan.
So, I was pleasantly surprised when these boozy peach bars came out quite tasty. Granted I spilled a whole bottle of pure vanilla extract all over the kitchen counter. I went to four grocery stores to find that stuff, FOUR! I also returned to the grocery store yet again, but let’s not talk about that. This decadent, soft dessert with fresh peaches is perfect for the end of summer. Happy baking!
Peach Bars with Caramel-Bourbon Sauce
Makes about 9 squares
- 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened & cubed
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 generous cups of fresh peach chunks
Preheat oven to 350F
Combine 1 cup flour, salt & ½ cup sugar in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a fork into the dry mix until a grainy mixture forms.
Press mixture into a greased 8×8 inch pan to form a crust. (P.S. reserve a little less than ¼ of the mixture to sprinkle on top at the end). Bake for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the best part – the peach filling! Combine egg, ½ cup sugar, Greek yogurt, vanilla, orange juice & flour. Whisk until smooth and stir in peach chunks.
Pour peach mixture over the crust, top with remaining crust crumbles and bake 30-35 minutes until set. Wait until bars are completely cool before serving.
Buzz Feed’s Bourbon Caramel Sauce
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 5 tablespoons bourbon, divided
- ½ cup heavy cream, heated
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened & cubed
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
While the bars are cooling, make this caramel bourbon sauce from Buzz Feed. It’s amazingly simple and deliciously boozy.
Cut the bars into squares once cool. Top each serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a generous drizzle of the caramel sauce.