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Most of Deb Perelmen's recipes at Smitten Kitchen are a little too complicated for the Easy Bar Cookie collection. This one takes a little extra time, but it's so worth it! Consider making it with the most perfect spring strawberries, too! Ingredients: Crust: 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour Pinch of salt Filling: 1/2 cup sugar 2 large eggs Pinch of salt 1/4 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, diced 1 pound sweet cherries, pitted (alternately, you can use 12 ounces of the berry of your choice) Make crust: Preheat over to 375°F. Cut two 12-inch lengths of parchment paper and trim each to fit the 8-inch width of an 8×8-inch square baking pan. Press it into the bottom and sides of your pan in one direction, then use the second sheet to line the rest of the pan, perpendicular to the first sheet. Using rubber spatula or fork, mix melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in medium bowl, Add flour and salt and stir until incorporated. Transfer dough to your prepared pan, and use your fingertips to press the dough evenly across the bottom of the pan. Bake the crust until golden, about 18 minutes (it will puff slightly while baking). Transfer crust to rack and cool in pan. Maintain oven temperature. Make the filling: Cook butter in heavy small saucepan (a lighter-colored one will make it easier to see the color changing, which happens quickly) over medium heat until deep nutty brown (do not burn), stirring often and watching carefully, about six minutes. Immediately pour browned butter into glass measuring cup to cool slightly. Whisk sugar, eggs, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Add flour and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Gradually whisk browned butter into sugar-egg mixture; whisk until well blended. Arrange pitted cherries, or the berries of your choice, in bottom of cooled crust. Carefully pour browned butter mixture evenly over the fruit. Bake bars until filling is puffed and golden and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 minutes Cool bars completely in pan on rack. Use the parchment paper overhang to carefully remove cooled bars from pan and place them on a cutting board and cut them into squares with a very sharp knife. The cherries, if they fall over your slicing lines, will want to give you trouble but if you saw a sharp knife into them slowly before pressing down, they’ll cut neatly and with minimum carnage. Recipe and photos via smittenkitchen.com
I might try this with raspberries tomorrow, @flymetothemoon. I have two pints of them that aren't going to last much longer!
I havent been taking advantage of the cherries this season, I've got to change that!