Fresh Strawberry Crumb Bars
This time of year in Lancaster County, you can find fresh picked strawberries for sale around almost every bend in the road. The other day when I was going to work, I counted five stands within a quarter mile of each other. Four of those were literal next door neighbors, and I think they all had varying prices. At one lonely stand, sat a young Mennonite girl staring out at the cars that would pass, almost begging with her eyes to come buy her strawberries but alas, hers were the most expensive…guess her parents thought they could charge more if people took pity on her. 😉 In any case, nothing comes close to fresh strawberries off the farm.They’re just so sweet, juicy, and delicious–they put the everyday grocery store berries to shame.
So having passed all those stands in a few short days, my mind was on one thing: what can I make with these amazing strawberries?? A quick search on Pinterest where I found these bars, and my mind was made up: I needed strawberry crumb bars in my life. They’d make the perfect dessert and my boys were sure to love them. I like that there’s not a lot of sugar in these guys, thus making the berries the star. The buttery crust, sweet strawberry filling, and crunchy crumb topping are the ultimate trifecta in baking, in my opinion. Yum.
Only 1/4 cup of Golden Barrel raw sugar is in the crust and 1/3 cup of Golden Barrel brown sugar in the topping, so this is a treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth but doesn’t have a ton of sugar in it. There’s a bit of corn starch in with the strawberries to make them firm up a bit. It’s an easy recipe that’s sure to leave a sweet impression. 🙂
I made mine in an 8×8″ pan, but you could double the recipe for a 9×13 if you’re feeding a crowd. Be sure to line your pan with foil (I ran out so I used parchment) so it’s easy to lift out of the pan and cut into squares. Less messy that way too.
You can serve these bars as-is or whip up some fresh cream and dollop that on top. Because, strawberries and cream…right?? These bars make the perfect dessert but would also be an amazing breakfast bar.
Have a great weekend and be sure to whip up a batch of these strawberry crumb bars!