I think I finally figured it out.
The whole baking thing.
Before….in the macaroni and cheese kitchen….nothing I baked ever turned out.
My cookies would run off the baking stone or be solid as a rock and my cake would get done around the edges and be raw in the middle and my pies sometimes sunk like the top of a volcano.
Once….at a party….my brownies were so hard that when I tried to cut them…..the whole brownie sheet flew across the room and landed on the floor.
But the answer to becoming a better baker was there all along…..staring me in the face.
All I had to do…..
…..was actually follow the directions.
Are you laughing?
Can you even believe it was so simple?
So when the recipe called for Cornflakes….and I thought Wheaties would work out?
Or when I thought baking power was just as good as baking soda?
Or that chopped up pieces of Valentine’s candy were almost as good as semi-sweet chocolate chips?
….not so much.
Now I follow a recipe to the tee.
I try to never miss a step.
And it’s truly amazing…..
….the difference just a fewdirections can make.
Lemon Lime Bars
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup butter, cut up
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup Half and Half
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tsp. finely shredded lime peel
1/3 cup lime juice
1 drop green food coloring
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9″ x 13″ pan and line with parchment paper, pressing the paper on to the bottom and up the sides of the pan (this is such a wonderful step and makes the bars so pretty)!
2. To make crust, in a large bowl combine 2 cups of the flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch and salt.
Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press firmly into the bottom of prepared pan.
Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
3. While the crust is baking, in a medium mixing bowl whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, half and half and 3 Tbsp. of flour.
Divide mixture evenly into two bowls.
4. To one bowl add lemon peel and lemon juice.
In the other bowl add lime peel, lime juice and drop of green food coloring.
Pour lemon filling over hot crust and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until it is set.
Next, carefully pour lime filling over lemon filling.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes more or until set.
Cool completely in a pan or on a wire rack.
Use paper to lift uncut bars out of pan. Cut into bars. Sift powdered sugar over bars.
Top with lemon and lime peel if desired.
Refrigerate to store.
These bars are amazing. They taste kind of like a key lime pie with the most delicious crust.
You take a bite and then you want to take another and another.
Perfect for a summer evening on the porch with a glass of sweet tea.
Following directions never tasted so good.
PS For more recipe inspiration….be sure to check out my recipes page!