Cornmeal adds an unexpected flavor and texture to these sour cherry crumb bars.
Cook Time: 45 mins
Cool Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 25 mins
3 cups pitted sour cherries
6 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 pinch salt
Crust and Topping:
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line an 8×8-inch square pan with enough parchment paper to have overhang on all sides. Lightly spray parchment with nonstick spray.
Step 2 In a large bowl, mix together cherries, granulated sugar, corn starch, lemon juice, and pinch of salt. Toss until no dry bits of cornstarch remain. Set aside.
Step 3 In a large bowl, mix together flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and ground nutmeg until combined. Add in melted butter, egg yolk, and vanilla. Mix until incorporated—using your hands to knead the dough together if necessary.
Step 4 Measure out a loose 1 3/4 cups of the dough, and pour it into the prepared pan. Press the dough firmly into an even layer in the bottom of the pan. Pour cherries and their accumulated juices in an even layer over the crust. Crumble remaining crust mixture evenly over the top of the cherries.
Step 5 Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden, and cherries are bubbly, 45 to 50 minutes.
Step 6 Remove from the oven and allow bars to cool completely in the pan. Once completely cooled, remove