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Asha's Strawberry Cardamom Crumble Bars

Recipe by: Asha Loupy

Makes one 9x13 tray

Asha's Strawberry Cardamom Crumble Bars

Did you know that strawberries are often grown on cardamom farms? While these berries are found in more bounty on black cardamom farms, we love them paired with Baraka green cardamom. The bright, citrusy and floral notes of the green cardamom find perfect harmony with peak-season strawberries bursting with sunshiney sweetness.

These bars are not discerning, they work with a multitude of summer fruit frenz - try making them with a combination of fruit like nectarines and sour cherries, plums and apricots or peaches and black or raspberries. Just make sure to start with a quarter cup of sugar and adjust based on the sweetness of your fruit.


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For the crust & crumble

  • 8 ounces (2 sticks), plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, finely chopped (you can also use other types of nuts like hazelnuts, almonds or walnuts)

For the filling

  • 24 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and cut into quarters
  • 1/4–1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • Zest of one lemon (about 2 teaspoons)
  • Juice of one lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground Baraka Green Cardamom
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. To make the crust, start by browning the butter. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook the butter, stirring often, until it foams and then browns, about 4-6 minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, reserving 2 tablespoons of browned butter in a separate small bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine the rolled oats, all-purpose flour, white and brown sugars, baking powder and salt in a food processor and pulse until the oats are slightly broken down and the dry ingredients are the texture of very coarse sand, about 10 pulses. Transfer the oat mixture to the large mixing bowl with the browned butter and gently stir until a sandy, crumble forms.
  4. Transfer 2/3 of the oat crumble mixture to the parchment-lined baking pan, spreading it out into an even layer and gently pressing it down to form a crust. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  5. For the crumble, add the reserved two tablespoons of browned butter and chopped pistachios to the remaining oat mixture. Stir to combine and set aside.
  6. While the crust is chilling, prepare the filling. Combine the strawberries, 1/4 cup of sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, cardamom, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl and toss to combine. Let macerate for 20-30 minutes. Taste the fruit and adjust sugar, as needed. Add the all-purpose flour and cornstarch and stir to coat the fruit. Set aside.
  7. Remove the crust from the refrigerator and bake until very lightly golden, about 10 minutes.
  8. Give the strawberry mixture a stir and then pour onto the crust, gently spreading the fruit into an even layer. Top with the reserved oat and nut crumble mixture. If you want larger crumbles, squeeze the mixture together in your hands before sprinkling it over.
  9. Bake the bars until the fruit is cooked through and jammy and the crumble is deeply golden brown, about 45-50 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate any leftover bars (the fresh fruit has a lot of moisture and no one wants moldy crumble bars!) and enjoy within 4-5 days.

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