Friday, December 6, 2013

Lemon Bars with Tina Russo Radcliffe


You may be singing, ‘it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,’ where you are, but outside of Phoenix, it’s beginning to look a lot like citrus harvest.

My front yard is bursting with tangerines (see below) and the back yard trees are heavy with grapefruit and oranges. And, they’re delicious. Fruit from the tree is much larger and tastier than what you find in the stores.



This is a perfect time for lemon bars!
Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
¼ cup flour
½ cup powdered sugar
4 eggs
½ cup lemon juice (about four lemons or use the bottled variety)
½ teaspoon baking powder

Sift together 2 cups flour and powdered sugar. Cut in butter until mixture clings together. Press evenly into a 9 x 13 x 2 inch pan. Bake at 350 ° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.



Beat eggs, sugar and lemon juice together. Sift ¼ cup flour and baking powder and stir into egg mixture. Pour over crust and bake at Bake at 350 ° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.



This is similar to cream pies. You can tell it’s done by gently pressing your finger on the top at the edges and middle. You want it set but not watery. Done will leave a little fingerprint.

When absolutely, totally cool, dust with powdered sugar and cut into bars.



This is one of the little dishes I purchased at the flea market for fifty cents.
Enjoy!

Tina Radcliffe writes Inspirational romance for Harlequin Love Inspired and romantic comedy as Tina Russo.


Her next release, a novella, The Christmas Angel will be available SOON on Amazon. (Possibly today!)

47 comments:

  1. At this very moment the magic of indie is working to get this book available.

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  2. That tree is gorgeous! And is making me thirsty for fresh OJ!

    I''ll add the book link when it's available!

    Looks like such a yummy recipe, Tina. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Yes, I'm still awake. I had two glasses of Diet Coke at a late dinner. What was I thinking?? (No, I shouldn't ask that. I was thinking about how tasty the tortilla chips were with that salsa!)

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  4. Okay, I'm still up too. I had real coffee today. OMG.

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    1. hahaha! I wish I could go back to before I became a coffee user. Now it doesn't phase me at all. Faze me. Phase?
      Yeah, need coffee...

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    2. Ooh, Tina went for real coffee! I bet you felt wired. :)

      LOL, Virginia. A user! :)

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  5. I'm going to make this today. Later, not right now. I think I need this.

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  6. I love lemon bars more than life itself!!!! YES!!!!!

    And a new Christmas novella????? YAY!!!!!! Tina, congrats on getting it out there! The magic of indie.... SUHWEEEET!!!! We're having Finn's Baptism tomorrow afternoon.... so I may just make these to go with the ice cream cake requested by Finn's mother.... :) Gotta keep young mothers happy.

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    1. What about us old mothers? ;) I want ice cream cake too!

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    2. me too! want ice cream cake! and lemon bars...
      Susanna

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    3. Making ice cream cake now!!!! First layer: Chocolate chip cookie dough... then crushed Oreos.... then hot fudge....

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    4. Oh, my. That sounds sinful, Ruthy.

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  7. I'm with you Ruthy! I love lemon bars too! They are so easy and they taste as if you invested a lot of work. The cover is beautiful too--looking forward to a new Russo read! Congrats to you, Tina!

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  8. Oooohhh -- I forgot your novella was coming out. I thought I'd just posted my last Christmas book review. Ha! What was I thinking?! Can't wait to read it. :-)

    And I LOVE lemon bars but have never had any success making them. I've never tried a recipe like this though so I'm crossing my fingers. But I have questions:

    powdered sugar is what we call icing sugar up here...right?
    And when you say cut in the butter -- is it fridge temp or room temp?
    How long will they last in the fridge?

    I'm doing my big grocery shop this weekend so I'm adding the ingredients to the list.

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    1. Kav, I was about to describe powdered sugar, and almost said it's white and soft like...powdered sugar! LOL

      It's kind of like baby powder. Is that what icing sugar is like?

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  9. Kav!Cutting is when it is soft and you use two knives or a pastry thingie to blend in. I didn't do that. LAZY. I melted it and mixed it.

    Powdered sugar is XXX sugar.

    I put mine in the fridge because I am still learned to adjust recipes for this sea level state so my middle was a bit not as firm as liked. They lasted 3 days in the fridge because they WERE DELICIOUS!!!

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  10. off from work for about a week so supposed to be doing some major decluttering/cleaning - not going so well. I HAVE attempted some 'homemade' cooking though and been surprised it wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be...not ready to open a restaurant like Paula Dean but hey I might get there! :-)
    since ya'll have inspired me over the last few years I figure you can share in my success and pat yourselves on the back :-)
    first - last night decided to make hot chocolate - on the stove with Hershey's cocoa and sugar and all that (didn't realize it had salt and vanilla extract good thing I read the recipe off the container...) anyways I DID use fat free milk though I have no idea why I can't bring myself to buy whole milk seeing that prior to making this I'd downed an entire box of Little Debbies zebra cakes (minus a couple my dog ate..) but I did it- the recipe said 6 servings so I cut it roughly in half (and I say roughly because how the heck do you cut a dash of salt in half?! and I ain't measuring in 1/6th tsps...) anyways it was going pretty good and smelling kinda like I remember my mom's homemade chocolate meringue pie smelling and thinking maybe I should try that when it suddenly started bubbling and thickening so I had to stop daydreaming/nightdreaming and focus...well managed to get the milk in and stir though not sure how I was supposed to heat but not boil so I took little tastes with the spoon and finally called it ready. got my cute sock monkey mug and poured- NOT 3 servings but 1 and a tbsp. left over! Hershey lied...so sat down to check email/facebook and sipped..about 30 min later realized Hershey hadn't lied as much as I thought- think it should have been 2 smaller servings 'cause I felt kinda jazzed...still think the sugar/cocoa ratio is off so may tweak that a bit...

    so this morning decided I wanted biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon like my mom used to make. (no I didn't brave Jan's homemade biscuits since I had Mary Bs still in the freezer and didn't want to press my luck or clean the counter off...) so did the bacon then started the gravy. I learned 2 very important lessons - one is that all the snapping my mother did in the kitchen to 'MOVE' and being so distracted and just making me never want to be in the kitchen with her..sigh..realized it probably wasn't personal - there's literally 10 seconds between milk gravy that's white and the brown stuff you have to make mashed potatoes and chicken fried steak for...wondering if I can heat it up for lunch?! second attempt I didn't do any cooking of the flour like I could've sworn she did - just put it in the pan and added the milk and stirred and tried keeping up with the scrambled eggs/frittata and yelling at my dog to MOVE repeatedly..didn't get nice eggs but more like the kind you have to cut after cooking but was edible and tasted good. so...overall I'm happy with the outcome! the 2nd thing I learned was that I can do it - not exactly the same but still I could do it! :-)
    do ya'll think I 'm ready to justify a kitchenaid?!
    Susanna

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    1. HAHAHAHAHA!!! You crack me up, Susanna! Nice work!! But I'm laughing so hard at you telling your dog to move!! :) And yes, it was never personal. It's just out of necessity. :)

      Gravy is one of those things you're supposed to cook a minute (the roux--flour and butter/grease) to get the flour taste out. But I never can tell the difference. I just let it bubble a bit and then dump in the milk. Skim for me as well!! (also still laughing about the Zebra cakes!) hahaha

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    2. all these years I had no idea it was that critical with the timing! no wonder she was always so frazzled! and only made that breakfast for special occasions. I was only doing a 1 serving - can't imagine juggling for 5 heavy eaters! and Idid help with the stirring because my dad hated his eggs with whites showing - had to be stirred constantly.
      and yes sweets are my big weakness...whch my physical just showed :-( back to healthy..
      Susanna

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    3. Susanna, you made me laugh! And you're making such good progress!

      Yes, sweets are my downfall, too. Healthy fats can actually help you lose weight, but sugar never will. :(

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  11. LOL Susanna. You are getting closer.

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  12. Hey and thanks, all for the nice comments on the upcoming maybe this hour, maybe next, release.

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  13. Ooooh! Lemon bars! And I have some lemons in the fridge!

    Not out on the tree, since I live in the cold part of the world. But when the temps get down to -10°, like this morning, I just smile and think of all the dead bugs.....

    (Yes, I hate bugs that much!)

    And I'll be watching for that new Christmas book! Going over to check Amazon now!

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  14. still don't see the book..sigh...I keep checking though!
    Susanna

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  15. Mmm... LOVE lemon bars and this recipe sounds much easier than the one an aunt once gave me (thus, I never made it).

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  16. Well it works for me, Carol. But not as firm as in Colorado. High altitude. But the yummy factor is unchanged. They are irresistible.

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  17. You need hot cocoa, not lemon bars, Jan.

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    1. Oh, don't worry. I have plenty of hot chocolate. And hot tea.

      And long underwear. :)

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  18. I have been waiting all week for this recipe! I even have lemons ... I think. Hmm. I hope I do, because the icy roads here are not something a sane person wants to drive on. Then again, who said I'm sane? ANYHOW, thanks bunches for the recipe, Tina.

    Is the book out now?

    How about now?

    Maybe now?

    Nancy C

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  19. I JUST ADDED THE LINK!!! Tina will make it official this weekend but she's allowing us the link today. :) :)

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  20. Nancy, you are too cute.

    Want me to cyber mail you lemons?

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  21. got mine! Virginia how the heck did you find time to read and leave a review already?!
    Susanna

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  22. Seriously. 110 pages? I can read that in an hour. Kids watched a movie. I ate cookies, drank tea and read on the laptop. Not my favorite method of reading. But got 'er done.

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    1. hmm ok..didn't realize it was only 110 pages! maybe I'll read it before bed though I'm nearly done with another book so might finish that one first...just don't feel like doing anything but can't sleep!
      Susanna

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  23. Yippy!!! Just downloaded The Christmas Angel!!! I foresee some lemon bars, hot tea, and iPad reading :-)

    Nancy C

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  24. You already wrote a review Virginia. Hey, it's a novella. 30K novella.

    YOU ARE FAST!!!

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  25. You guys are too sweet. Thanks, Jan and OH! Susanna!

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  26. Tina, it was seriously funny. I loved all the characters. I'm not partial to a red-headed heroine but I loved her anyway!
    And the unbuttoned pants? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Go indie girl, go!

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