Look at me go, two days in a row! Boom!
‘Cause I got these:
Okay, I had these. But they were devoured so I
stole borrowed the photo from Cook’s Illustrated. They have nicer photos anyway.
Lemon Bars, adapted from Cook’s Illustrated
- 1 3/4 c flour
- 2/3 c powdered sugar, and some extra to sprinkle on top
- 1/4 c cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 12 Tbs COLD butter (1 1/2 sticks), cut into 1-inch pieces
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/3 c granulated sugar
- 3 Tbs flour
- a pinch of salt
- 2 lemon zest, from 2 large lemons
- 2/3 c lemon juice
- 1/3 c milk
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Fully line a 9×13 inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper and lightly grease whatever you’ve used. (I used foil which I then sprayed….you remember that I’m lazy, right?)
If you have one, use a food processor to pulse together the crust ingredients until it resembles a coarse meal. Don’t overmix and use COLD butter. If you don’t have a processor, no worries, mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Then cut the butter into it using a pastry blender, your fingers (my 2nd choice) or even a fork or two. Sprinkle the mixture into your pan and press into an even layer on the bottom and about 1/2 inch up the sides. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
While the crust is baking, whisk together the eggs thru salt in a medium bowl and then stir in the rest of the ingredients to combine.
Pour the filling onto your crust WHILE IT IS STILL WARM (the WARM part is important)and reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake for about 18-24 minutes until the filling feels slightly firm to the touch. Cool the bars to room temperature, sprinkle with additional powdered sugar and cut into bars.
Notes: Yesterday, I needed a full 24 minutes before these felt firm to the touch. Honestly, I could have left them in another minute or so. It’s crazy humid here and that just messes with things, regardless of my calibrated oven. Yay. Also, these are not super-puckery lemon bars so if you like that type, I’ve another recipe for you to try. The shortbread crust on these is ah-mazing. The end. This recipe is quick and if you’ve the tools (a food processor and an electric mixer/handheld) it’s superfast too. This was one that was primarily made by the small humans that
have taken over live in my hom. Learning, even in the summer!
Sooooo, you ready for some books?
Let’s call these the beach books. (Books I loved and might loan you if you’re heading there, or to the pool.)
This is billed as the “modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice”. Whatever. It was a fun, entertaining, highly readable good time. I was really sad that it had to end.
No, you don’t need to be forty to read this one. It just kind of captivated me. Admittedly, if you’re a bit older this will likely resonate more. It’s definitely a girlfriend kind of book. If you are someone, like me, that treasures your good girlfriends, you will really appreciate how well these characters are presented. While it didn’t touch me like a Me Before You, it may be one of the better books I’ve read this year. Warm, thought-provoking and simply a good read.
And because I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t just toss in some other completely different genre, I picked up this one:
I have to tell you, I knew very little about Anderson Cooper. I know his work, of course, but any details of his personal life? Um, no, sorry. Did I know his mother was Gloria Vanderbilt? Maybe. Vaguely, at best. Of THE Vanderbilt’s? Um, no, don’t think so. I live under a rock, k? I like it here, it’s dark and cozy. I listened to the audio version…..because beach and sometimes I was supposed to be the good parent watching those people. This was enjoyable and interesting. Likely because I knew nothing about these people. More likely, because I find it enjoyable to listen to older generations tell their stories, their love, their losses, regrets and triumphs. If that’s your thing, pick this one up. She’s an interesting woman. An interesting, strong , imperfect woman. What’s not to love?
I miss my favorite afternoon reading spot. ::sigh::
Happy Wednesday everyone! Two more days until the weekend!