Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lemon Bars

This recipe has been a family favorite for a long time. When I would visit my parents it seemed there were always lemon bars either just made or being made. These remind me of home.

1/3 c.     butter
1/4 c.     sugar
1c.         flour
2            eggs
1/4 c.     water
2 Tbsp   flour
2 tsp       lemon zest
3 Tbsp   lemon juice
1/4 tsp    baking powder
               powdered sugar

1. In a medium mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. add the 1/4 cup sugar; beat till combined. Beat in the 1 cup flour till crumbly. Press mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 8" pan. Bake in a 350 oven for 15-18 minutes or until golden.

2. Meanwhile, for filling, in a small mixing bowl combine eggs, the 3/4 cup granulated sugar, the 2 Tbsp flour, lemon peel, lemon juice, and baking powder. Beat 2 minutes or till combined.

3. Pour filling over baked layer. Bake 20 minutes more or till lightly browned around edges and center is set. Cool on a wire rack. Sift powdered sugar over top.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Peach Blackberry Cobbler

I made this scrumptios treat for Father's Day because my local Sunflower Market had both peaches and blackberries at crazy good prices. I ended up only making a half recipe because it serves a lot! You can use canned peaches if fresh are not available or too expensive. It was very good and I will absolutly make this again in the fall when I can get some killer peaches. Serve with vanilla ice cream.


12 medium peaches, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups fresh blackberries

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup cold butter, cubed
1-1/4 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon coarse sugar

In a large bowl, combine the peaches, flour, honey, lemon juice and salt; let stand for 15 minutes. Fold in blackberries. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.

For topping, in a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter until crumbly. Make a well in the center; pour in buttermilk. Stir just until a soft dough forms. Drop by tablespoonfuls over fruit mixture; sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake at 400° for 40-45 minutes or until filling is bubbly and a toothpick inserted in topping comes out clean. Serve warm. Yield: 12 servings.