(or how to eat an Old Fashioned)
I was looking for a good recipe to take to a recent potluck. I had beautiful Trader Joe's cherries in my pantry, and fond memories of this delicious Bon Appetit pie. But the thought of making a pie crust was a little too overwhelming for this 1L, and since I knew it was a potluck, I figured people would be looking for things a little more bite sized than an entire slice of pie.
Off to pinterest I went, and there was Joy's awesome Cherry Pie Bar recipe. AHA. Still wanting the Bourbon orange flavor in there, I mashed up the two recipes and it turned out pretty sweet.
Bourbon Cherry Pie Bars
adapted from Joy the Baker and Bon Appetit
For the Crust:
3/4 cups unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
Zest of 1/2 orange
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
For the filling:
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup greek yogurt
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 jar trader joe's cherries (approximately 1 2/3 cups drained), drained thoroughly, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9x9 or 8x8 pan. I used an 8x8, and the bars were definitely thick. If you want something thinner, go crazy with the 9x9.
Make the Crust:
- Mix butter, powdered sugar, flour, and orange zest together until pea sized lumps form. I used my hands. You could use a food processor if you have one.
- Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture and add the oats to it. I also added some extra orange zest, because I'm fancy like that.
- Press the remainder of the crust mixture into your greased pan. Bake for 14-17 minutes, or until edges have started to turn brown.
Make the Filling:
Combine everything but the cherries together in a bowl. Add the cherries. Mix.
Put Everything Together:
Pour filling evenly over crust. Sprinkle reserved oat mixture evenly over filling. Bake for 30 minutes or until set through. Think lemon bars, you don't want jiggling here.
Remove from oven, and let come to room temperature before eating. I promise, they're better that way.