Today I tried something new. Strawberry Lemonade Bars.
(sorry for the camera phone shots, but my camera is being temperamental and is refusing to work even with brand new batteries.)
I've made lemon bars many times (and in fact I will be doing that post later) but while looking around on bakebakebake I came across this post for Strawberry Lemonade bars. Hmmmmmmm......2 of my favorite things.
I did make some adjustments to this recipe for this round of baking to take advantage of some strawberry jam that i had made with the kids last summer that never set (but kept in the freezer just waiting for this recipe!). For this batch I used the jam and meant to omit the sugar (as the jam is full of it) but forgot and added the sugar anyways. The end result? I personally found it a bit on the sweet side although every one I got to
Also the recipe in the link is a halved recipe which was fine for me as I wanted to test it out, however i found that there just wasn't enough dough for the crust so i made a second batch of dough. I used a brownie pan instead of the 8 x 8 recommended. I left the filling as the halved amount.
The following is the recipe as I made it this time.
Crust - 4 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup margarine (you could of course use butter)
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
|Cream butter and sugar|
Filling - 1/2 cup lemon juice ( I used juice and pulp from 2 large lemons)
zest from both lemons (about 2 tsp)
1/4 cup strawberry
jam mush :o)
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
All in all this is a keeper and I will keep you all updated on any further tweaking that I do to it. If any of you give it a go, I would love to hear from you about how you did.