Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pastry Queen Parties by Rebecca Rather

Another winner from Pastry Queen Parties. I've made three batches in the past week and these went over great with everyone who tried them.  The author says you can actually make these without any fresh peaches at all, and I did that for one batch because my peaches weren't ripe, but please try to get some fresh ones if you can. They bring this recipe into new heights of deliciousness!  I can't believe I'm saying this, but you won't even miss the chocolate. 

Cookbook Note: Most of these recipes make very generous quantities. They are for parties after all! 

Peach Almond Bars
Preheat oven to 350.
Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish.
In a food processor mix the following:
2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
11 T. unsalted butter
pinch salt
Pat the mixture into the baking dish and bake for 10 minutes.

While it is baking, peel and slice 5 peaches.
Set aside, along with 13 oz. good quality peach preserves (Bonne Maman brand is wonderful)

In the food processor (no need to wash), mix the following:
1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar
8 oz. almond paste

Spread the preserves on top of the crust and top with the peaches. Sprinkle the topping mixture over all. 
Sprinkle with 1 c. sliced almonds.
Bake for 35 minutes until topping is lightly browned.

Variations: Can use raspberries and raspberry jam. Can use frozen fruit that is thawed and drained.

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