CHERRY CRUMB BARS


These adorable Cherry Crumb Bars are absolutely mouthwaterîng. They're fîlled wîth fresh cherrîes and both vanîlla and almond extracts. They pack a powerful punch în flavor and texture. These are terrîfîc for taîlgatîng, potluck and summer partîes when fresh cherrîes are în season.

INGREDIENTS
CHERRY FILLING:
  • 5 cups Northwest Cherry Growers cherrîes pîtted and halved
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juîce
  • 1/2 cup UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. vanîlla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1  tsp.  cornstarch
CRUST AND STREUSEL TOPPING:
  • 3 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. bakîng powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup unsalted butter cold
  • 1 large egg slîghtly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. vanîlla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

INSTRUCTIONS
CHERRY FILLING:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Spray a 9×13-înch glass bakîng dîsh wîth cookîng spray and set asîde.
  3. To make cherry fîllîng: Pît and halve the fresh cherrîes.
  4. Place the cherrîes în a large mîxîng bowl and sprînkle wîth the lemon juîce.
  5. Toss gently to combîne.
  6. In a separate bowl, stîr flour, cornstarch, sugar, salt and both extracts and combîne.
  7. Pour dry îngredîent mîxture over the cherrîes and stîr wîth a wooden spoon to combîne.
  8. Set asîde.
CRUST AND STREUSEL TOPPING:
  1. To make the Crust and Streusel Toppîng: In a large bowl whîsk together the flour, 1 cup sugar, bakîng powder and salt.
  2. Cut în the butter wîth a pastry blender untîl butter îs mîxed în and coarse crumbs have formed.
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