These Persimmon Rose Shortbread Crumb Bars have a gluten-free buttery shortbread base slathered with a zesty persimmon rose jam, topped with a walnut crumb and are dusted with powdered rose.

Persimmon Rose Shortbread Crumb Bars [Vegan]

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Serves

12 bars

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Ingredients

For the Crumble

  • 1 Cup Raw Walnuts – coarsely ground
  • 1/3 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Oat Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Millet Flour
  • 1/2 Cup White Rice Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Rose Petals
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Powdered Cardamom
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter – salted or Coconut Oil

For the Shortbread

  • 1 Sticks Vegan Salted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 Cup Millet Flour
  • 1/2 White Rice Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Oat Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Tapioca Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Agar Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt

Persimmon Jam

  • 1 1/2 Pounds or 3 1/2 Cups Ripe Hachiya Persimmon – peeled – pureed
  • 3 Tablespoons Coconut Sugar – or to taste
  • 2 Teaspoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Rose Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Arrowroot Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt

Rose Powder – optional

  • 1/4 Cup Rose Petals
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Preparation

For the Crumble:

  1. In a food processor, grind the walnuts to a fine crumb texture and pour into a large bowl.
  2. Add the oats to the processor and pulse until the texture is in between whole oat and flour texture then add to walnuts.
  3. Add the flour, sugar, coriander and salt then mix well.
  4. Add 1/4 pieces of butter and mix everything with your hands until it is a crumbly consistency.
  5. Put in the refrigerator while you make the shortbread so the butter can harden.

For the Shortbread:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Make sure the butter is at room temperature.
  3. Cream butter, sugar and pinch of salt in food processor or mixer until creamy then add flour and pulse until it’s mixed well.
  4. Pour out mixture into a 9″ by 14″ baking dish and press the dough evenly around.
  5. Poke holes all over with a fork to prevent bubbles.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are golden.

For the Jam:

  1. While the shortbread is baking, start the jam.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring persimmon puree, sugar and lemon juice to a boil on medium high then turn to medium heat for 10 minutes. Stir frequently.
  3. Lower heat and simmer for 15 – 25 minutes until persimmons are dissolved and reduced.
  4. In a small bowl, combine arrowroot powder and rose water together.
  5. Add arrowroot/rosewater mix stirring continuously until well incorporated
  6. Remove from heat. Set aside

For the Rose Powder:

  1. If using whole dried roses, remove the petals, measure and grind in a coffee or herb grinder until it becomes a fine powder.

To Assemble:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Spread the jam evenly over the baked shortbread and then evenly sprinkle with the crumble, lightly press down and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.
  3. Cool completely before cutting and removing from the pan.
  4. Sprinkle the bars with the rose powder.
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