You may remember that I LOVE vintage kitchen stuff.
I find that they tend to work well.
Especially if they are made of glass.
For years I had ONE vintage juicer. And I rotated it with other method of juicing. Like a wooden reamer, or just squeezing it with my hands.
And besides that - they're just so dang cute!
And I've had these pictures stashed away for a while now. Because it just seemed so boring to say "Here are my vintage juicers."
So when I was reading this blog the other day and she had all these very very very tempting pictures of Lemon Lime Bars she had made, I knew that this would be the perfect time to break out the ol' vintage juicer pictures.
And of course to make some Lemon Lime Bars.
You see, I don't favor Lemon Bars so much. They don't have chocolate in them. Or white chocolate. Or pecans. Or coconut.
Don't get me wrong.
I do like lemon. I lake tart stuff. Remember Sweet Tarts? Um Yummy. But lemon bars somehow always seem to end up sweeter than they are tart. But add a little lime to the mix...now that's tempting.
You might want to make some for yourself.
Lemon Lime Bars
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter, cut up
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup half-and-half
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel
- 1/3 cup lime juice
- 1 drop green food coloring
- Sifted powdered sugar (optional)
- Thin strips of lemon and lime peel (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Line pan with parchment, pressing the paper onto the bottom and up the sides of the pan; set aside. In a large bowl combine the 2 cups flour, the 1/2 cup powdered sugar, the cornstarch and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs (mixture will look dry). Press firmly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes (crust will still look dry).
2. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, half-and-half and 3 Tbsp. flour; divide in two bowls. In one bowl add lemon peel and lemon juice; in the other bowl lime peel, lime juice and green food coloring into other half. Pour the lemon filling over hot crust; bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Carefully pour lime filling over lemon filling; bake 10 to 12 minutes more or until set. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
3. Use paper to lift uncut bars from pan. Cut into bars. Sift over powdered sugar. Top with lemon and lime peel, if desired. Refrigerate to store. Makes 32 bars.
Now of course I have a couple of tips. Because that's what I do.
I give tips.
Not the money kind. Just things that I know since I've been alive a long time and since I cook a lot.
These bars require finely shredded lime and lemon peel - most commonly called zest.
There are three ways to get zest that I know of. I'll just talk about 2 of them.
The easiest way to get zest is to use a pretty fine micro-plane.
This gives you a very fine shred of lemon rind, but doesn't include a whole lot of the oils that make the zest so zesty.
The second way is to use a zesting tool like the one in the next picture.
This gives you long strips of zest that make excellent curls of citrus zest. The zest does have to be chopped after you get it off the fruit. I like this method when the item I am making is going to be cooked or if I need decorative curls. I found out this time that in the time between making the curls and needing to use the curls, the lime ones dried up. The lemon ones did not. So if you are making this and want lovely pictures of it, make your curls right before you need them or at least cover them up until you need them.
If I make this again I will not mix the lime juice into the egg and sugar mixture until the lemon layer is already cooked. I found that the lime juice began to cook the eggs in the lime mixture while it was sitting waiting for the lemon layer to cook.
These are pretty tasty. I know this because I've eaten
six a few.
You might want to try them. If not...at least you got to see my collection.
Make something wonderful today!
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