I was looking for a simple dessert to take to a party. I had a bunch of peaches so this was perfect. Very simple and highly tasty.
Make sure to brown the butter in this. It's amazing what a difference it can make. You can really taste the browned butter so don't skip that step!
Peach Browned Butter Shortbread Bars Recipe
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
1 cup sugar, (200 grams)
1 tsp. baking powder
2 3/4 cups plus 2 tbsp. cups all purpose flour, (359 grams)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, 2 sticks
1 large egg
2 peaches, pitted and thinly sliced
Brown your butter: Melt butter in a small/medium saucepan over medium-low heat. It will melt, then foam, then turn clear golden and finally start to turn brown and smell nutty. Stir frequently, scraping up all the bits from the bottom as you do. Pour into a bowl and set it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Butter a 9 x 13 in. pan or spray it with cooking spray. In a bowl, stir together sugar, baking powder, flour, salt and spices with a whisk. Use a pastry blender or a fork and blend the solidified brown butter and egg into the flour mixture. It will be crumbly. Pat 3/4 of the crumbs into the bottom of the prepared pan, pressing firmly. Put the peach slices over the crumb base in a single layer. Scatter remaining crumbs evenly over peaches and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes at 375 degrees, until top is slightly brown and you can see a little color around the edges. Cool completely in pan before cutting into squares.
Total calories = 3916 calories
24 bars = 163 calories per bar
Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.