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Friday, July 4th, 2008

Recipe for Nancy (!)

Nancy asked me to give her the recipe for the Strawberry Lemonade Bars I'm making for a 4th celebration. Maybe someone else will consider this a good one for their cookout/picnic/event--so I'll post it rather than mail it to her. I was told by several people who sampled them "it's like a strawberry-lemonade in a bar!"

Hope you all have a good 4th--no matter how you spend it!

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

1/4 cup sugar (1 3/4 oz)
1/2 cup butter, room temperature (1 stick)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (7 1/2 oz)
1/4 tsp salt

1 cup fresh lemon juice
2-3 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup pureed strawberries (about 3/4 cup berries)
1 1/4 cups sugar (8 3/4 oz)
4 large eggs
1/4 cup all purpose flour (1 1/4 oz)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 93-inch baking pan (or use the Baker's Edge pan, if you have one).
Begin by making the crust.
In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until smooth and fluffy. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly. Pour into prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for about 17 minutes, until set at the edges.
While the crust bakes, prepare the filling.
In the bowl of a food processor, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, strawberry puree, sugar and eggs and process until smooth. Add in flour, baking powder and salt, then pulse until smooth.
Gently pour the filling over the hot crust when it has finished baking. Return pan to oven and bake for 23-26 minutes, until the filling is set (There will be a light colored "crust" on top from the sugar in the custard - nothing to worry about).
Cool completely before slicing and use a damp knife to ensure clean slices.
Store bars in the refrigerator, especially on a hot day.
Makes 24 bars.

We are going to a 4th party on Sat. and I'm going to try these-thanks.
dannie   Friday, July 4, 2008
I think you will like them, Dannie. I'm baking my batch now (the picture above was from the previous baking). I know people don't like heavy desserts in warm/hot weather so I would think these are refreshing and different--not to mention the freshness of the fresh lemon and fresh strawberries. Now, if I could only figure out the other one I want to make. LOL
LGrant   Friday, July 4, 2008
Omigosh, those look terrific!!! Thanks so much, Linda, for the recipe. I can't wait to try them. Have you ever tried lemonade pie? I have the recipe if you want it, one of my mom's favorites. It's so easy, makes two pies and keeps a week in the refrigerator (fat chance!). It's always a hit. (You must be up at the crack of dawn today, Linda!)
!   Friday, July 4, 2008
I was awake at 3 and up at 4. Sooner I get the baking done, the sooner I can relax until 11 or so when I go to Vancouver for the afternoon. I was too hot and tired last night to do the baking. I finally decided on a quick second recipe and did a brownie mix and added some York Peppermint Patty baking bits and made brownie bites in my mini-muffin pan. I'll get 48 chocolate mint brownies from the batch! :) First one is cooling; second pan is baking.

I'd LOVE the pie recipe if you'd like to share. Sounds wonderful but then anything lemon sounds great to me! :) Thanks for offering it!

Hope you enjoy the strawberry lemonade bars. My batch is cooling and looks good. :) We'll find out this afternoon! :)
LGrant   Friday, July 4, 2008
Vancouver? Isn't that quite a drive for you?
!   Friday, July 4, 2008
LOL...you are thinking the wrong Vancouver just like I did when I moved here. There is a Vancouver, WA that is right across the river from Portland. Some folks call it a suburb of Portland because so many people there work in Portland or travel across for the tax-free shopping. It's around 20+ mi. With gas prices that still seems like a lot of driving but it's worth it to share the afternoon with some friends. :)
LGrant   Friday, July 4, 2008
Here's the recipe for Lemonade Pie from my mother, Betty Pike. I'm always embarrassed whenever I give someone this recipe because it's so easy!! LOL

9 oz. Cool Whip (I buy the 12 oz. size and use 3/4 of it. You can use 8 oz. but the pie won't be as full.)
1 small can (6 oz.) frozen lemonade concentrate (They don't make this size can anymore! I use half of a 12 oz. can.)
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
the juice of half a lemon (or more depending on taste)
two 9" graham cracker pie crusts

Blend Cool Whip, lemonade, condensed milk and lemon juice; spoon gently into crusts. Chill. It takes 10 min. (at the most!) to make and keeps easily a week in refrigerator. Don't let Dave Heinzel anywhere near the pies!! Enjoy!!
!   Friday, July 4, 2008
I'm like that with a few too. And they are usually the most loved of all the recipes. I spend hours on one and it is "liked". I spend minutes on one with all prepared foods like Cool Whip and lemonade and everyone RAVES. LOL Thanks for the recipe. I'll add it to my others for a quick and cool one for summer!
LGrant   Friday, July 4, 2008
Curious--do you thaw the lemonade or use it straight from the freezer?
LGrant   Friday, July 4, 2008
I do thaw it, Linda. It just takes a few minutes because it seems that frozen lemonade isn't all that "frozen." It wouldn't matter. Even if you put it in frozen, it would thaw right away.
!   Friday, July 4, 2008
Ok. Thanks. I figured but wasn't sure. Not much difference other than the temperature of the mix. :)
LGrant   Friday, July 4, 2008
Who is the Exclamation Point person?
Second if you want to change up her recipe for the lemonade pie a bit you can add two cups mashed strawberries instead of the lemonade. Go ahead and use the lemon juice bit though. It makes a yummy treat all whipped up and I got it off the top of the Cool Whip container. My family loved it...we make them with the mini pie crusts and I keep them in a sealed container in the deep freeze for quick desserts with company. Remember Desserts spelled backwards is Stressed, so keep that outta the kitchen by eating up the leftover desserts. mmmmmm.
MommaJes   Sunday, July 6, 2008
I will remember that, MommaJes, and keep that recipe as well. With our Oregon strawberries--it will be wonderful! Thanks for the extra pie recipe!!
LGrant   Sunday, July 6, 2008
The ! person is Dave's (Humzoo co-creator) mum. So she's kind of a grandma of Humzoo if you like.
LimeyGeorge   Sunday, July 6, 2008
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