Peachy Keen Brown Butter Bars

Serves 8

Ingredients for the crust:
7 tbsp butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup + 1 tbsp all purpose flour
Pinch of salt

Ingredients for the filling:
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
4 peaches, peeled and sliced

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Using a little butter, grease an 8" x 8" baking pan, then line with parchment paper (both ends should hang out - to use as handles later!) and butter that too.

2. For the crust: Using a rubber spatula, mix the sugar, butter and vanilla in a bowl. Then add the flour and salt. Fold the dry ingredients in completely, till a dough forms.

3. Transfer the dough to your baking pan. Using your fingers and knuckles, press the dough so that it's evenly distributed across the bottom of the pan.

4. Bake for about 15 minutes, till crust is golden. Put pan on a rack and cool slightly.

5. For the filling: Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. You want to cook it until it's a deep brown - should take around 5-10 mins. Do NOT walk away to watch a clip of The View on your TV! The butter may burn, and then how will you face Barbawa Wawa again?!

6. Whisk eggs, salt, sugar and vanilla in a bowl (or in your fancy schmancy KitchenAid stand mixer). Add flour and whisk until smooth. Very slowly drizzle in the browned butter until smooth and completely blended.

7. Arrange two layers of peach slices on the pre-baked crust.

8. Pour the brown butter mixture carefully over the fruit. Bake bars for 40-45 mins till golden and puffed. Cool bars completely on rack, then cut into square and serve. Try a couple out for yourself first - quality control, of course!