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Dessert – The Most Delicious Lemon Bars

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I love lemon bars. There is nothing better than a golden buttery crust with a goooey oooey lemony middle and a little powder sugar dusted on top. My aunt has passed down her famous lemon bar recipe and I wanted to share it with you guys. These are theeeee BEST lemon bars I have ever had! Be careful because they are SO ADDICTING and not very healthy..but a very awesome and easy dessert to prepare to please a whole crowd.

Ingredients:
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Crust:
– 1 cup cold butter. (I stick mine into the freezer for at least an hour or two before)
– 1/2 cup powder sugar
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 2 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
– 4 eggs
– 2 cups granulated sugar
– juice of 1 large lemon
– zest of lemon (about 2 tbsp)
– powder sugar for dusting

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine powdered sugar, salt, and flour in a bowl. Mix the ingredients.
3. Use a grater and grade the butter into the bowl. Use a fork to cut into the butter if needed until it looks like fine meal.
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4. Put foil over a 9 in by 11 in pan so the bars come out easily.
5. Press the mixture into the pan.
6. Bake the crust for 20 minutes.
7. While the crust is baking, work on your filling.
8. Combine flour and baking powder in a small bowl.
9. Combine egg and sugar into another small bowl. Beat with a whisk until full incorporated.
10. Add the flour and baking powder into the egg and sugar in small amounts while whisking each time.
11. Whisk in the lemon juice and zest.
12. Pour the filling over the crust and bake for another 20 minutes.
13. Let the bar cool COMPLETELY, at least 3 hours before removing from the pan and cutting into the bars.
14. Dust with powder sugar.
15. ENJOY!
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**Update on my NO DAIRY/NO CHIPS month. 01/07-01/13
So far, so good. I did slip on Monday because I drank some boba milktea without even realizing it. I only drank half and gave the rest to my sister once I realized it. After that, I haven’t slipped! =) So proud of myself…I’m thinking of what resolution I’m going to do for the next month and I’m thinking I’m going to give up sweets. Not being able to eat/drink dairy, I find myself looking for vegan desserts which are not necessarily healthier! How’s everyones’ resolutions going?? Are you guys keeping up with them? Keep me posted!

Namaste,
Jenn

 

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Food Recipe: 8 Layer Magic Bars!

Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. Mine was awesome. I got to spend two days with my family, friends, and boyfriend. Couldn’t have asked for a better time. I’ve missed you guys…haven’t blogged in awhile. Today I have a dessert recipe for you guys. This is NOT a healthy recipe…but a hit for those sweets-lovers. Hey, it’s okay to indulge and treat yourself a little…especially with the holidays! =)

I call these my 8-layer magic bars…I got the recipe from a friend and modified it a little bit. Here’s what you need.

Ingredients:
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– 12 graham crackers – make it into crumbs (I used a food processor)
– 3/4 cup unsweetened butter (melted)
– 2/3 cup walnuts
– 2/3 cup pecans
– 2/3 cup  semi sweet chocolate chips
– 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
– 2/3 cup butterscotch chips
– 1 cup coconut flakes
– 1 14.5 oz can of condensed milk

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Toast your coconut flakes. Be sure to check and stir every TWO minutes. They burn VERY VERY fast. I forgot the first time and out come black coconut flakes..Haha. Once they’re browned and toasted, take them out.
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3. Combine the melted butter with crumbs. Once all incorporated, press down into a 13 x 9 pan. Foil it to ensure that the bars will not stick!
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4. Sprinkle, walnuts, pecans, semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips. Make sure you do it in this order.
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5. Pour the condensed milk all over. The condense milk makes everything come together.
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6. Sprinkle on your coconut flakes on top.
7. Stick it in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the edges are brown. Let it cool COMPLETELY, about 3-4 hours before you take it out to cut or else it will crumble and fall apart.
8. ENJOY! =)
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I have tons of recipes coming up. Been cooking up a storm and can’t wait to share them with you guys. Have a happy new years everyone! I have a special idea coming up. 😉

PS. I’ve been noticing that my links on other pages don’t work…they’ll work for the first day and then take people to a ‘nonexistence’ area. Anyone know how to fix that? I link the permalink and sometimes short link. They both do that after time =(

Namaste,
Jenn

Apple Pie + Winners from Giveaway!

Jeez, time escaped away from me again. For those who blog every single day, upload pictures, and the whole sha-bang. Props to you. I don’t think people realize how much time it takes to blog every single day…okay it’s not too bad but there are those days where you just wanna watch TV in your free time or are just lazy! =P

As promised…here’s my apple pie recipe. I adapted it from the Apple Pie By Grandma Ople’s recipe on Allrecipes.com

Ingredients:
– Pillsbury Pie Crust
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter
– 4 granny smith apples & 2 honey crisp apples
– 1/4 cup of water
– 3 tbsp whole wheat flour
– 1/2 cup white sugar
– 1/2 cup packed brown sugar.

1. Core, peel, and slice all apples. Set aside.
2.Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and then stir in the flour. After it becomes smooth and mixed, add in water, brown, and white sugar and bring to a boil. Then, simmer.
4. Layer the bottom pie crust in the baking pan.
5. Pile on the apples.
6. Pour the sauce over the apples.
7. Cover the pie with the remaining crust. Squeeze the two crusts together so the filling will not ooze out during baking. Make fork imprints for a pretty presentation.
8. Carefully slice the top layer of the crust into an X shape so that the pie doesn’t explode in the oven.
9. Bake the pie at 425 for 15 minutes and then lower temperature to 350. Bake for another 40 minutes.
10. Enjoy! If preparing for next day, you can leave it out at room temperature and then bake it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes to reheat.


 

 

 

I wasn’t able to get a picture of it after it was done baking but it should become this beautiful golden brown. Serve hot with vanilla bean ice cream. MmmMMMmMmMmm! Yummy in my tummy…

The pie can be frozen as well! =)

Now as for the winners for the giveaway…
I randomly chose them and the winners are…..Jordan Dunne @j_mosh & Alli Cat!

Please e-mail me at Jjjjenn.le@gmail.com with your information. I’ll need your name & mailing address. Thanks for entering! I’ll have another contest soon. Keep a lookout!

Namaste,
Jenn

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