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Roasted Pear, Apple and Blueberry Pine-Nut Bars

By Rebekah Peppler |

Roasted Pear, Apple and Blueberry Pine-Nut Bars

Serving Size:

Makes about 18-20 bars


For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 11 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts

For the filling:

  • 1 pear, finely diced
  • 1 apple, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 4 tbsp raw brown sugar plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch of kosher salt


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9″x13″ baking pan.

Brown butter in a saucepan over low heat until lightly browned and fragrant. Cool completely.

To make the crust, whisk together the confectioner’s sugar, flour and salt. Add the cooled brown butter, vanilla extract and pine nuts and stir just until the dough comes together.

Transfer the dough to a buttered 9″x13″ pan and press evenly into the bottom. Bake the crust until it’s golden brown, 25 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and cool completely before adding the filling.

To make the filling, combine the diced pear and apple with sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and a pinch of salt in a saucepan set over a low flame. Cook until the fruit is soft and translucent, about 30-40 minutes. Add the blueberries during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Layer the pear-apple filling on top of your crust and sprinkle with additional raw brown sugar. Bake 25 minutes.

Cool completely, cut into bars and serve.

***I like to make the filling and par-bake the crust a day ahead of time, then combine the day of the event for the final baking.

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2 thoughts on “Roasted Pear, Apple and Blueberry Pine-Nut Bars | Cakes and Baking | Best Recipes

  1. cmom says:

    Pine nuts are allergens and are considered tree nuts by the FDA. To say they are seeds, and are therefore safe, is negligent. Acute allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, can result from ingestion and inhalation of pine nuts.

  2. Disappointed Mom says:

    Has the person who posted this recipe actually make it? (a) 9″x13″ pan is too big; (b) the dough doesn’t become golden, it just gets brown so when to take it out is unclear (c) pears/apples/blueberries need to be doubled (and that’s for the 9″x9″ pan I used) (d) crust needs to be cooked longer and fruit shorter than stated. Oh, and if you finely dice the fruit, it will not come out like the picture above. This is the first recipe I have tried and now I am so suspicious I don’t want to even try another one.

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