I have been so busy this summer that I have not been able to blog as much as I have wanted. However, the baking is still happening. While the toddler is sleeping I am trying to get photos off of the camera and into the blog-o-sphere.
Peach Brown Butter Bars (say that three times fast)
From Smitten Kitchen
Browning the butter adds a nice nutty flavor to these shortbread bars. I cut mine into about 2x2 pieces.
1 cup sugar
I teaspoon baking powder
2 and 3/4 cups plus two tablespoons all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 large egg
2 large peaches, pitted and thinly sliced (about 1/4 inch thick)
To brown your butter, melt it in a small saucepan over medium low heat. It will foam up and then turn a golden color and finely a golden brown hue. Keep stirring it frequently. Once it is browned set it in the freezer for about 30 min until solid.
Preheat your oven to 375 F. Butter a 9 x13 inch pan. Mix together sugar, baking power, flour, salt and spices until blended well. Using a pastry cutter, a large fork, or your hands, blend the solidified butter and egg into the flour mixture. Mix until you see pea size crumbles. Pat down about 3/4 of the crumbs on the bottom of your pan. Spread peaches over the crumb base in a single layer. Then scatter the remaining crumbs evenly over the peaches and bake for about 30 minutes, until the top is slightly brown and you can see golden brown edges. Cool completely in the pan and then cut into squares.