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Raspberry Apple bars with crumble topping.

Raspberry Apple Crumb Bars

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An easy dessert that can be frozen, these bars are juicy, tangy and sweet at the same time. This recipe is easily halved. Use an 8-inch square pan.

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 servings



For the shortbread base:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature

For the apples:

  • 2 pounds (1kg or about 8) green apples
  • 4-5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen raspberries

For the crumble:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats


For the shortbread base:

  1. Line a 9x13 inch (23x33cm) pan with parchment paper, leaving it hanging a bit (for easier unmolding).
  2. In a large bowl mix soft butter, sugar and salt.
  3. Add flour in 2-3 parts, mixing well until no dry spots remain.
  4. Drop tablespoons of dough on the bottom of the lined pan, and, with flour fingers, start spreading the dough until it covers the entire surface. Try to press it up the sides a bit.
  5. Prick with a fork and pop into the fridge, or the freezer for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven at 350ºF / 180ºC.
  7. Bake the dough, directly from the freezer or fridge, for 15-20 minutes, until it dries a bit and barely starts to color. Let cool on a wire rack.

For the apples:

  1. Peel, core and cut apples into eights or something like that.
  2. You will be cooking the apples in two batches.
  3. Melt half the butter in a skillet over high heat and add the apples when it’s foamy.
  4. Cook over high heat until beginning to soften a little.
  5. Add half the sugar over the apples and cook over medium heat, stirring a few times, until they begin to caramelize, about 5 minutes.
  6. Take off the heat and onto a bowl to cool down.
  7. Repeat with the rest of butter, apples and sugar.

For the crumble:

  1. In a food processor (or a large bowl by hand) mix flour and sugar.
  2. Add butter and process a few times until it’s the size of peas.
  3. Add oats and pulse just to mix, but try to not over process the oats so they have a crunch when baked.

To assemble:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF / 180ºC.
  2. Add the raspberries to the apples and mix lightly.
  3. Add the fruit filling to the shortbread base.
  4. Spread the crumble over the apples.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the crumble is golden and the juices are bubbling.
  6. Let cool over wire rack. Refrigerate, well wrapped, until you need to cut and serve.


All components of this dessert can be made separately.

The dough can be frozen before baking, well wrapped, for weeks. The crumble keeps for a week in the fridge. The apples keep for two days in the fridge.

  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: International