Posts Tagged ‘dessert’

Lemon Bars

In Dessert on February 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Nothing quite like a fresh, light, summery dessert in the middle of winter. This one was definitely a delightful birthday treat for one of my co-workers. This recipe proves that birthdays are not just about cake and cupcakes! As I mentioned in my resolutions post, I’ve decided to try some recipes from different cooking blogs. I got this one from Recipes for Marilyfe As We Know It, which I will definitely be coming back to for more  tasty treat recipes. I followed this recipe for Lemon Bars to the letter. Let’s start with the ingredients:

Ingredients

I started by melting the butter in the microwave and then combining it with the sifted flour and the confectioner’s sugar in a large mixing bowl to make the crust.

Lemon Bar Crust

Once all the ingredients for the crust were combined I pressed the mixture into a 9 x 9 inch pan, and baked at 350°F for 15 minutes. While the crust was baking I mixed together the sugar, flour and baking powder in a large mixing bowl, and added the eggs one at a time while mixing the ingredients together.

Lemon Filling

I then added the lemon juice, lemon peel and salt. When the crust was done baking I poured the entire mixture over the steaming crust.

Ready for the Oven

This was then baked for 30 minutes at 350°F for 30 minutes.

Out of the Oven

I prefer my lemon bars cold, so once this treat came out of the oven I covered it and put it in the freezer overnight. In the morning I transported them to work, and put them in the freezer there. When we broke them out to celebrate my co-worker’s birthday that afternoon there were some issues getting a knife through them, but we were very determined. This dessert was a big hit with my office and I would definitely make it again. I loved that I had all the ingredients except the lemon already and that it was quick and easy enough to make after I got home from a long day at work. This recipe is a definite must. Give it a try, and as always…

Bon Appetit!

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Pumpkin Bars, A Sweet Halloween Treat

In Dessert on October 31, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Happy Halloween Foodies!

This brisk, fall, holiday made me want to get in the kitchen and make a festive treat today! The question was what to make. I seriously considered indulging in some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies again, but thought that a new recipe would be more fun. In my search, I stumbled upon a recipe for Pumpkin Bars on The Food Network. I used the recipe for cream cheese icing from this recipe last week and thought I would see if the bars were as delicious as the icing was!

Ingredients

This was a super easy treat to make and could be accomplished in the same amount of time it takes me to make brownies from a box (yes, I do occasionally cheat, but shhhhhhh). I started by heating the oven to 350°F. Then I combined the eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin in a medium bowl, I should have used a large bowl, since there was quite a bit of ingredient sprayed all over my kitchen, when I used the hand mixer on it.

Pumpkin Mixture

Instead of mixing the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, I decided to add them slowly to the mixture I already had. I added the baking powder, ground cinnamon, salt, and baking soda at once, and used the hand mixer to beat the mixture until it was fluffy again. Then I added the flour 1/2 a cup at a time, while mixing. In the end I had a light, still semi-fluffy mixture, about the consistency of, well a cake mix to pour into a baking pan.

Ready for the Oven

I used a larger pan, 11 in. x 15 in. This didn’t effect the amount of time they were in the oven, I checked them after 20 minutes, then again after 25 minutes, and after 30 minutes…THEY WERE DONE!!

Ready!

Since they were called bars, I expected them to be, well, heavier. These bars were light and fluffy, almost like a cake would be. I’m not complaining though, they are delicious. I didn’t ice them, because the icing makes food difficult to transport and I want my classmates to be able to enjoy them this week. If you do plan on icing them, wait until they are cool to ice them. You should also wait until they are cool to cut them into smaller squares. The nice part about this treat is you can cut them into whatever size squares you want, I chose smaller ones. I’d love to tell you how many this actually yielded, but I started munching as I was cutting…oops.

Pumpkin Bars

There are more than a few though. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Have a Happy Halloween, and stay posted for a light, fall, entree coming later this week!

In the meantime…

Bon Appetit!

Cookie Icing 101

In Dessert on October 27, 2010 at 8:00 am

As I mentioned in my previous post, the cookies were still too warm to decorate last night, and I’m a graduate student that had the opportunity to get some sleep. One guess what I chose to do with myself? Not to mention other than sleep, my other alterior motive was the fact that I find baking/cooking/cookie decorating incredibly relaxing. Needless to say, there’s nothing better after a long day at work or school in my book.

So I started with some very sad looking, undecorated cookies…

😦 Cookies

Clearly, these cookies were in no condition to make an appearance at a Halloween office party. Have no fear! Erin is HERE!!I used/made 2 different kinds of icing, cream cheese and vanilla. Let’s start with the cream cheese icing. I pulled this recipe, from…guess where? The Food Network! I used the icing recipe from their Pumpkin Bars (which I intend on conquering soon, since I finally found some pumpkin in this pumpkin shortage). I didn’t follow their recipe directions exactly. I essentially took all the ingredients, cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and put them all in a mixing bowl.

Cream Cheese Icing Before Mixing

Then I used my hand mixer to beat the ingredients smooth. I also added some orange food coloring. And BAM!(always wanted to say that)

Orange Cream Cheese Icing

Next up, vanilla icing. I used another recipe from Everyday with Rachel Ray. I made what the site called Vanilla Frosting, and it lived up to it’s name, it was definitely frosting and not icing. Not easy to spread on cookies at all! But on a cake this would be PERFECT!! Once again I took the don’t follow the recipe directions exactly and just dump EVERYTHING in a large mixing bowl. Note to self, when a recipe calls for 5 cups of confectioners’ sugar, add them one at a time. This ended up being a rather long and messy mixing process, and my camera fell pray to the mess! OOPS!

The bigger OOPS was the fact that I didn’t realize my camera had fallen prey to my mixing mess until after I had taken pictures of the entire decorating process. Sorry, fellow foodies, you only get to see the end result on this one!

So add icing of different flavors and colors, some chocolate chips, sprinkles and candy corn….

Decorated Cookies

This was such a fun, easy, and delicious experiment, that for once I’m without tweaks! Shocking no?

I guess that leaves me with nothing to do other than tell you to give these recipes a try and make some yummy cookies of your own! I know I’ll be enjoying these A LOT!! Stayed tuned for some more fun, fall recipes!

And in the meantime…

Bon Appetit!