You can make these crunchy and soft strawberry crumble bars with only 5 ingredients : flour, sugar, butter, cornstarch and strawberries.
Today I share my strawberry crumble bars which are both crunchy and soft. The crust is crunchy, in the middle it becomes soft as the strawberries give a little bit moisture which makes me love these bars a lot.
In this recipe I use only 5 ingredients; flour, sugar, butter, cornstarch and strawberries.
This is a very simple but very yummy recipe. I use the same dough for the crust and the crumbles. First, I made a thick crust as I love the crust very much. Then I spread the strawberry filling over the crust which tastes like a strawberry jam but lighter than jam. Finally, I sprinkle the crumbs over the strawberries and bake. The dough is very similar to my 4 Ingredient Easy Cinnamon Cookies. I increased the sugar amount as I use the dough as crumbles too.
Let’s see the steps;
First I chop the washed and dried strawberries into small pieces. Sometimes strawberries can be very juicy. I don’t take any risks so after I chop them, I put them on the paper towel to let them dry, so if there is any excess liquid, it will be removed. (In the recipe, the strawberry amount is calculated after the excess liquid is removed. ) I keep the strawberries aside.
Then I make the crust with flour, butter and sugar. With only 3 ingredients, I make a delicious crust. First I combine the flour and sugar in a big bowl. After, I add the cold butter pieces and cover them with flour mixture. I start to rub them with my fingertips until they look like breadcrumbs. Then, I place 2/3 of the dough into my oven proof dish and spread it evenly with a spoon. I keep 1/3 of the dough in the bowl and store it in the freezer until ready to use.
Later, I toss the strawberries with sugar and cornstarch. I use cornstarch as a thickener. I use 360 grams chopped strawberries. ( 1 cup=180g ) I cover the dough with strawberries. Then I remove the bowl from the freezer. I make some big crumble pieces by squeezing crumble mixture with my hand. I cover the strawberries with crumbles. Using my fingerstips, I gently press to the crumbles.
I bake for 55-60 minutes until the top becomes golden brown and the crumbles are crispy. I let it cool at room temperature for 1 hour. Then I keep in the fridge for extra 1,5 hours until they are completely cool so when I lift the paper from the sides, it keeps its shape. If you try to lift the paper before it is completely cool, it will break apart, will taste still good but more like eating strawberry crumbles instead of bars. When it is cool, I cut it into 9 pieces.
Enjoy these yummy strawberry crumble bars!
Strawberry Crumble Bars
You need only one dough to make the crust and crumbles of these delicious strawberry bars!
Crust and Crumbles
- 280 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour (dip and sweep)*
- 185 g (3/4 cup and 1 tablespoon) butter, cut into small cubes, cold
- 155 g (3/4 cup) granulated sugar
- 360 g (2 cups) strawberries, chopped into small pieces
- 30 g (2 tablespoons) granulated sugar
- 14 g (2 teaspoons) cornstarch
Preheat the oven to 350°F(177C°). Grease 8 inch (20cm) square oven-proof dish and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper, about 2 inches(5 cm) of overhang on each side.
Chop the strawberries into small pieces. If the strawberries seem very juicy, put them on the paper towel to let them dry so if there is any excess liquid, it will be removed. Keep the strawberries aside.
Crust and Crumbs
Place the flour and sugar in a big mixing bowl. Add in the cold butter pieces and cover with flour mixture. Rub them with your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
Put 2/3 of the dough into the oven proof dish and spread it evenly with a spoon. Keep 1/3 of the dough (200grams) in the bowl. Store the bowl in the freezer until ready to use.
Toss the chopped strawberries with sugar and cornstarch.
Cover the crust with strawberries. Remove the bowl from the fridge and gently sprinkle and cover the strawberries with crumbles.
Bake for 55-60 minutes until the top becomes golden brown and the crumbles are crispy. Let it completely cool before removing the bars from the dish. Once they are cool, lift the paper from sides, remove the bars from dish, cut into 9 pieces.
The nutrition information above is an estimate that is provided by an online nutrition calculator.