Pear Strawberry Crumble Bars~Moira

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As a military family we have moved all over the country. One

of the first things I like to do when we move is track down a

farmer’s market, especially if we are in a rental and can’t do

much gardening. Getting a chance to walk around for an hour,

surrounded by fresh food and lots of other families makes our new

location feel a little more like home, and gives our boys a little


We only have a little tiny market in our current town, but we still

walk around it every few weeks in the summer. Even if there are

only 3 or 4 vendors it’s still a fun way to get out of the house now

that summer break is in full swing. We’re starting to see the last

strawberries of the season, and I knew that I needed to do just a

little more baking with them before I was ready to move on.

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It looks like I might just be the contributor who can’t stop talking

about strawberries. Sorry guys! These bars are totally worth it

though. They have a crust reminiscent of shortbread, a thin layer of

fruit and a crumble style topping. Delish! The topping alone was

enough for me to be making late night runs to fridge for “just one

more bite”. The pear is a lovely balance to the berries and keeps

the flavor from being too sweet.

These would be so easy to adapt over the summer and fall as more

fruit comes into season. I’m already dreaming of the different

combinations-rhubarb and strawberry, blueberry and ginger,

different apple varieties in the fall…what’s your favorite fruit

combination for dessert?


Pear Strawberry Crumble Bars~Moira

Pear Strawberry Crumble Bars~Moira


  • Crust:
  • 2 sticks butter, browned
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • Filling:
  • 3 cups strawberries
  • 2 pear
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cleargel or cornstarch
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 stick butter, cold and diced
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a square baking pan (9"x 9" is what I
  2. used) with parchment paper. Leave a little hanging over the edge
  3. so you can lift the whole thing out after cooking.
  4. To make the crust, put the 2 sticks of butter in a saucepan over
  5. medium heat. Cook until the butter begins to brown. It will froth a
  6. bit first, and then will turn a slightly brown color and smell nutty.
  7. Take off the heat and let cool slightly.
  8. Add in the sugar, salt and vanilla extract and stir until combined.
  9. Add in the flour, stirring until all the lumps are out. (You could
  10. also do this in a stand mixer if you wanted using the paddle
  11. attachment.) When it's ready, the dough will feel like a slightly wet
  12. cookie dough.
  13. Pour it all into the pan and press into an even layer using your
  14. fingers. Set aside.
  15. To make the filling:
  16. Quarter the strawberries and chop the pear into 1/2 inch pieces.
  17. Mix together and stir in the sugar and clear-gel or cornstarch. Set
  18. aside while you make the topping.
  19. To make the topping:
  20. Quickly whisk together the sugar and the flour, and then add in the
  21. diced butter. Using your fingers, pinch it all together until it has a
  22. sandy texture, with a few pea-sized pieces of butter mixed in.
  23. To assemble:
  24. Pour the fruit mixture over the crust and spread out so it is one
  25. even layer. Take the topping dough and cover the fruit entirely.
  26. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. A tester inserted into the center should
  27. come out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, and then lift the
  28. parchment paper out of the pan and continue cooling the bars on a
  29. rack. Slice and serve.

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