pink lemonade bars

DSC05177Something about shortbread makes this recipe synonymous with summer afternoon tea (or depressingly, work shift). This could be just as easily made without raspberries as the original recipe suggests, but I love having freeze-dried raspberries on hand for the extra magic they add to baking. I’m not sure if frozen berries would necessarily have the same effect without altering the texture, but it would be worth straining some stewed raspberry pulp to experiment with achieving the pop of pink.

I made these the day after an utterly disastrous cookie attempt situation in which the entire bottom of the cookie oozed out in a charred fashion from the circumference. I brought the five least burnt ones in to work in an attempt to maintain some kind of sense of pride about the experience, but the proof was in the subsequent day’s attempt: I am all about being adept at slices, and that’s the way the cookie has crumbled.

(perfect cookies remain on the to-do list, but I think an all-encompassing Nutella caramel crunch slice is next on the cards)

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Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com

Makes ~30 small quadrilateral pieces because I am terrible at cutting things evenly

  • 225g butter, softened
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Juice of 3 lemons (plus zest if omitting raspberries)
  • 10g freeze-dried raspberry powder/whole raspberries (I have not tried this using fresh)
  • A few drops pink food colouring
  • Freeze dried raspberries for decorating
  • Icing sugar for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/175C bake. Grease and line a 9 x 13 inch pan with baking paper.
  2. Beat together the butter and first measurements of flour and white sugar to make the shortbread base – it will be crumbly to work with when combined. Press into the prepared pan to make an even layer.
  3. Bake the base for 20 minutes until lightly golden.
  4. While the base is tanning, beat together the eggs, sugar, flour, lemon juice, raspberry powder and food colouring. The eggs should be well beaten and the mixture slightly frothy. Pour over the baked base, and pop back in the oven for another 20 minutes. While the slice is still hot, decorate the top with a few hand crushed dried raspberries. The topping may still feel a bit gooey when you do this – it will continue to cook more as it cools.
  5. Once cooled completely, sift a little icing sugar on top to finish, remove from the baking pan and cut into pieces.

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