Friday, August 24, 2012

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

As of last weekend, we've been living in Edinburgh for two years. This called for celebration! So I made some lemon bars.

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These are my approximation of the Pink Lemonade Bars from Smitten Kitchen. The only deliberate changes I made were using strawberries instead of raspberries (because that's what I had on hand), and using only about 2/3 of the butter called for in the base. I also accidentally used icing sugar instead of granulated sugar for the base after misreading the recipe. Not sure how that happened, but it turned out fine.

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They turned out really well, despite the fact that I nearly burned them. (Icing sugar to cover up the borderline charred spots, FTW). The first time I made lemon squares / bars years ago from another recipe they never set properly, and I was left with lemon gloop. Delicious, but not exactly what I was aiming for. This time, it took longer than it was supposed to, but they did definitely set, and I could cut them into bars without (too much) mess. Hurray! I'm glad they turned out, since I so rarely do fancy baking - things with sugar dusted on them? Things that need to cool before cutting and devouring? What?

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The strawberry addition was nice, and smelled really good while cooking, but wasn't overwhelming in the finished product. That's cool - they are meant to be lemon bars after all. Next time I'll try the recipe with raspberries as written and see how it goes.

7 comments:

  1. Oh yummm ... what a nice, sunny celebratory bake. Make tea. Enjoy. :)

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  2. Those lemon bars look amazing! I love that you substituted a bunch of things and they turned out so good. I'd be willing to bet that they turned out even better, be sure to note your changes so you can remember.

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  3. These look delicious! I find myself suddenly hungry with cravings only lemonade can satisfy.

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  4. I was tempted to make these when I saw the recipe on Smitten Kitchen. Yours look yummy! Congrats on the two year Edinburgh anniversary. I am totally envious because Scotland is at the top of my wish list for places to visit.

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  5. So delicious! Totally making some...

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