January 23, 2014 § 4 Comments
Say hello to one of my favorite sweet treats…
These are deceptively easy to make, even for a novice baker who is still slightly terrified of her mixer. Ahem.
I am the kind of girl that reaches for the bag of chocolate when I crave sugar, not a doughnut or a cookie. But when I do crave a baked treat, these lemon bars are it–I love the tartness of the lemon combined with all the sweet sugar.
I keep these lemon bars in the fridge and eat them super cold with a spoon. To each their own!
(I followed this recipe from Foodie Crush, except with regular lemons.)
What you need:
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar (plus a bit extra for sprinkling)
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
- 2 cups plus 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
What to do:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 9 by 3 baking dish with PAM or another nonstick spray. Set aside.
In a stand mixer, cream the powdered sugar and softened butter until light and fluffy.
Add 2 cups flour and continue to beat until mixed.
Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and press it evenly into the bottom of your baking dish.
Pop the dough into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until it begins to turn golden.
While the dough is baking, beat the eggs, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest by hand or with your mixer, until blended. Sift in the additional 1/2 cup of flour and the baking powder, and continue to mix on a low speed. Once the filling is completely mixed, pour the mixture over the hot crust. Put the pan back in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and allow the bars to set and cool completely before dusting the top with powdered sugar.
Cut into small squares–I was able to get nearly 25 bars from one pan.
Yum, yum, yum….yum.
December 11, 2013 § 3 Comments
People, people, people. Do I have a treat for you.
NUTELLA STUFFED RICE KRISPIE TREATS!
Yes, I said it. Yes, I love Nutella. Yes, Rice Krispie treats stuffed with Nutella are as awesome as they sound.
These treats are relatively easy to make, requiring just a few ingredients. I whipped a test batch up on Thanksgiving morning and they were a hit! Will definitely be making these again (and again) this holiday season.
Adapted from Half Baked Harvest
What you need:
- 1 C (2 sticks) butter
- 2 (10 ounce) bags mini-marshmallows
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 ½ cups Rice Krispies
- 1 and ½ cups Nutella
What to do:
Set out two 9 by 13 inch baking dishes. Lightly grease with PAM or non-stick spray.
In a large, non-stick pot, melt butter over medium heat, until just browned. You will see the butter melt and foam first, then it will start to brown on the bottom. As you see the butter start to brown, turn off the heat and add your marshmallows. Give the mixture a thorough stir to coat the marshmallows, then return the pot to low heat. Continue to stir the marshmallows for 5 minutes, until they are completely melted and smooth. At this point, add your vanilla extract and stir.
Once marshmallows are melted, it’s time to add the Rice Krispies! Make sure the Krispies are completely coated in marshmallows.
Now the fun/messy part.
You will essentially divide the Rice Krispies mixture into 2 parts – 2/3 will go into one 9 by 13 inch pan, and 1/3 will go in another.
Press 2/3 of the mixture into the first pan, gently pushing it down to completely fill the bottom of the pan. Press the other 1/3 into the second pan—it will not fully cover the bottom of the pan. That’s OK!
Now, spread the 1 and ½ cups of Nutella on top of the Rice Krispies in the first pan (which contains 2/3 of the mixture). I used a small spatula to spread the Nutella.
Let both pans sit for 2-3 minutes, just enough time for the smaller amount of Krispies in the second pan to firm. Using your hands, carefully pull the Krispie mixture out of the pan, and lay it over the layer of Nutella in the first pan. Press down!
Let the treats sit for an hour at room temperature before serving. Tip: I used a pizza roller to cut the treats into small squares.
I also advise making these to share – otherwise the temptation to eat them all will overwhelm you.
One last look… I can’t help myself.