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Friday, March 4, 2016

LILIKOI LEMON BARS

Dessert time YAY! I have to admit, I'm not much of a dessert cook, but here's something I can do, and love because well, for one thing, I love Lilikoi Hawaii's passion fruit, very sweet naturally and of course the aroma and tanginess of lemons. If you love yellow, this is the where you need to be.

Ingredients

1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 cups of a.p. flour
1 cup of butter
1/3 cup crushed almonds (I like it rather than mac nuts)
2 cups of raw sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup lilikoi juice
1 tbsp. lemon zest
6 large eggs
1 egg yolk
a dash of nutmeg
a dash of sea salt

* Before I go any further, I like to say that you need to keep your baking simple. So for the lemon juice and lilikoi juice, I just go to the store and buy it. But if you like to work, then by all means go buy a few lemons and lilikois and extract the juices with a hand juicer. Don't forget to strain it because of the seeds.

Step 1 (the dough)
Let's make the crust, first preheat the oven to 350° F, then grease a 9"x13" baking pan. In a mixing bowl, combine the powdered sugar and 1 ½ cups of a.p. flour with a whisk until well mixed. Add butter and almonds and mix until a nice dough forms. Move the dough to the greased pan and press evenly, covering the bottom and going ¼“ to ½” up the sides of pan. Cover the crust with a piece of parchment paper (baking paper), place another same size pan onto the parchment and weigh down with anything to keep it even, if not, no problem. Bake until crust is a brown approximately 25-30 minutes. (when done, remove from oven and cool down)
Step 2 (the custard)
In a clean mixing bowl, whisk ½ cup of flour and raw sugar. Add the both juices, as well as the lemon zest, begin to stir until dissolved. In a different bowl whisk the whole eggs, the egg yolk, a pinch of nutmeg, and sea salt. Add the eggs to the juice mixture, stir well. Then pour the filling directly onto the baked crust.
Step 3 (the baking)
Reduce oven temperature to 275° F and then bake until the center is no longer weak, about 30-40 minutes. Check by sticking a steak knife in the center, or any other thin sharp object. If that object comes out clean it is done.
Step 4 (the cooling)
Cool all the way through before you decide to serve it, and dust with powdered sugar before serving for a nice presentation. If you don't have powdered sugar, no problem I don't think the kids will mind, those little monsters will devour anything when they're hungry.
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