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Royal Plum Bars

Royal Plum Bars

Paula Nemzek for KCTS 9 Cooks


These bars are easy to make with Italian prune plums, since the fruit doesn’t stick to the pit, but any plums would be delicious. Take advantage of the end of summer bounty at our local farmers markets.

Makes 9 to 12 bars.


15 small to medium Italian (prune) plums


  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, or brown sugar for a richer crust
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)


  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, or brown sugar for a richer crumb
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper. (Tip: Use a dab of butter on the bottom and sides of the pan to make the parchment paper behave. If you need to toast your pecans, stick them in the oven as it heats with a single layer on a baking sheet for about 8 minutes or until nuts become fragrant.)

Prepare the crust: Combine butter, flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Using a pastry cutter or two knives scissor-fashion, cut mixture until butter is the size of dried peas and the dry ingredients are thoroughly mixed in. Pat mixture down in the bottom of prepared pan, pressing down lightly with your fingers to make an even layer. Bake for about 18 minutes, or until crust begins to brown. Remove pan from oven and reduce heat to 350 degrees.

Prepare the topping: Clean out the crust bowl, and combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, butter and pecans with a pastry cutter until combined and crumbly.

Cut plums in half lengthwise and remove pits. Place plums over the warm crust, alternating cut side up and down to fit them in tightly. Sprinkle topping mixture over the top, distributing evenly. Bake about 55 minutes, until crust is brown and plums are bubbly. Cool completely and cut into squares. It is perfectly okay to give in to temptation and eat them while warm, though the bars may fall apart.


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