6.02.2012

Peach Melba Shortbread Squares


This may be a short intro, but trust me when I say this delight of a bar speaks a thousand words. It's a Southern Living recipe and I took them to our year-end luncheon at the Garden Club recently. Does everyone love peach melba as much as I do? Of course, a little vanilla ice cream on top of this bar would make this recipe more authentic (Oh the calories!), but trust me when I say these are marvelous as is. Everyone wanted the recipe!

Peach Melba Shortbread Bars
From Southern Living



Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 cup granulated sugar 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 cup cold butter 
1 cup peach preserves 
6 teaspoons raspberry preserves 
1/2 cup sliced almonds 
Garnish with powdered sugar 

Method:
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup flour mixture.
Lightly grease an 11- x 7-inch or 9-inch square pan. Press remaining flour mixture onto bottom of prepared pan.
Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
Spread peach preserves over crust in pan. Dollop raspberry preserves by 1/2 teaspoonfuls over peach preserves. Sprinkle reserved 1 cup flour mixture over preserves. Sprinkle with almonds.

Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool 1 hour on a wire rack. They're easier to cut if you refrigerate for a while. Cut into bars. Garnish with confectioners sugar, if desired.




46 comments:

  1. Oh my heavens, Barbara, those Peach Melba Shortbread Squares look just peachy!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  2. I haven't had it since I was a child Barbara. My mom made this a lot when we were all home. I never did get her recipe. I will have to try this soon, because it was always a favorite of mine when she would bake it at home.
    I hope you are well and enjoying your weekend my friend.
    sending hugs...

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  3. Look.delicious Barbara; love this a lot:)

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  4. Those look and sound heavenly!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. Oh yum! And with icecream... amazing!

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  6. These are perfect for the coffee break!

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  7. Oh yum. And peaches are a local product...

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  8. I can't help but say those bars looks peachy. No wonder everyone at the Garden Club loved them.
    Sam

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  9. I've never actually had peach melba, but if it's anything like these bars then it must be delicious!

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  10. These sound delicious, Barbara. I love the recipes from SL and I always like your take on the recipes you post. Bob loves peach anything, so I've bookmarked this to try when they come into season here. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  11. These look like the perfect breakfast bar to me, you got a great shot of that buttery crust, I want some now!

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  12. Delicious! I love those combinations too.

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  13. These look DELICIOUS and EASY to make!

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  14. These are delectable treats Barbara! I'm inspired - I just bought a whole bunch of peaches to do some baking! Can't wait.

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  15. Hi Barbara! So nice to know you came by. I only recently encountered your blog and instantly knew I would love to delve deeper. This looks heavenly, of course!

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  16. Hi Barbara,

    Peach melba is one of my favourites and with a little spoonful of icecream will be delicious.
    Many thanks for sharing the recipe and I would like to try this.

    Happy new week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  17. oh sweet peaches! those look outrageous! thanks for sharing!

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  18. What beautiful little squares of heaven :D
    Great job!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  19. This looks much better than peach melba... love the combination, no wonder your club was impressed. They look terribly rich and good with the preserves. I used the last of mine this winter and they were so good... must remember this for peach season!

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  20. Perfect as peach season approaches! Love the clusters of almonds on top!

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  21. I am so happy, peaches are coming our way. I love them and these bits of joy are tempting me, already.

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  22. I am deprived - I've never had Peach Melba and these are summery-goodness. Saving this for the weekend when we have our sweets - so lovely.

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  23. What a pretty shortbread! And I love that they only have 1/2 cup of sugar. So good! Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a beautiful day!

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  24. This is my kind of recipe. I'm bookmarking!

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  25. Oh my, this looks like the absolute perfect summer dessert...

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  26. Oh Barbara, you always share recipes that remind me so much of my MOM!!! She had the best little box from the 50s with old Betty Crocker recipes and this recipe was one she would make with peaches from our own tree.

    OOOOOOO YOU HAVE A BREADY POST FOR PARIS???? YUM!!!!! You know I love bread, don't ya? When I was in Paris and the rest of France, I was always on the hunt for a good boule or baguette! I struck it rich every time.

    SEE YOU AS OF FRIDAY!! Anita

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  27. I had to try these because I love jam and I love shortbread.....really awesome. I added 3/4 teaspoon almond extract to the shortbread just to make it extra-almondy....great stuff.

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  28. Also - these were very crumbly to cut until chilled completely - I highly recommend chilling. As with all bar cookies, for ease of removing from pan, I lined the pan with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. When ready to cut, just lift the whole pan of bars up, peel off the foil, and cut on a cutting board (a serrated bread knife works great).

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  29. Like cobbler and shortbread in one!

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  30. peaches AND raspberries in preserve form--marvelous! as bars go, these must be among the tastiest!

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  31. these look wonderful :-) hope your well so where will you travel to next :-)

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  32. Those look amazing! I can always tell that it's summertime when the peach recipes start appearing :) This is perfect for the summer! I love it.

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  33. I love bars and this one sounds so flavorful! Gorgeous. I can see why everyone wanted your recipe. Now that we're back from vacation, I'm going to try making them. Mmmm!

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  34. They do sound delightful dear Barbara. But you know what else I find delightful? Your photo! So gorgeous. (You've probably had it up for a while now but I've been so busy I haven't been round these parts) :)

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  35. such a delicious and wonderful summer dessert! i want to sit on my porch on a warm evening and enjoy this.

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  36. I recently tried peach melba and it was delicious! I can't wait to try these bars

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  37. Peaches and raspberries go so well together don't they? I agree with you on that scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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  38. Wow Barbara, the peach melba squares looks great...what a lovely Summer treat.
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a great week :)

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  39. Hmmm...mm..I missed having this kind of sweet treat. Have to make some this weekend. Yours look really inviting. Hoep you're having a great day, barbar.
    Blessings
    Kristy

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  40. I was just searching through my stacks of recipes for a new cookie to try. You solved my problem, Barbara. That jam filling is calling to me.

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  41. I absolutely LOVE shortbread. But I have never had a shortbread square! I've got to try this out sometime. It looks delicious!

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  42. I do love peach melba so I'm sure I will be crazy about the shortbread squares. Perfect for summer entertaining.

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  43. ohhhhhh heavenly...thank you thank you thank you!!! xx

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  44. Oooh Barbara!!

    What stunning & very attractive & pretty squares! I want to digg in right away!

    Yum Yum Yum!!! xxx

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  45. simply wonderful. I'd like to try these with my bumper crop of plums! lotsa plum preserves in my kitchen right now--

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