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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Citrus Coconut Bars

It seems that anymore when I bake it's either to ready a new post for the blog or to make something to share with the homeless project. It's rare anymore that I just go in the kitchen and make something for myself with no intention of sharing it around. This morning I did just that!

I had a craving for something with coconut so toyed with several ideas - coconut cake, macaroons, cookies - nothing really piqued my interest. Then I remembered a recipe I'd stuck away awhile ago for a lemon and coconut bar. Sounded good so I thought I'd try it. What I eventually decided to do was adapt it using a graham cracker crust flavored with orange and then topped with a lemon flavored layer and topped with sweetened shredded coconut. These are delicious! I love the combination of citrus flavors with the chewiness of the toasted coconut. The sugar in the crust caramelizes a bit during baking to give a wonderful caramel and orange flavor to the crust and the fresh lemon juice in the top layer gives a great fresh lemon taste as well.

: Citrus Coconut Bars
: Orange in the crust combines with a luscious lemon flavored layer topped with sweetened coconut for a real summer taste treat!

  • 1 1/3 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. grated orange peel
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray an 8-inch square pan lightly with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, orange peel and 1/4 cup of the sugar in a small bowl. Press into bottom of pan and bake for 8 minutes.
  3. Beat eggs and remaining 3/4 cup sugar with wire whisk in large bowl until well blended and thickened. Add lemon juice, flour, baking powder, and salt; mix well. Pour over crust and sprinkle evenly with coconut. Bake 25-30 minutes until center is set and top is lightly browned. Cool completely then cover and refrigerate. When chilled, cut into squares. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 30 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 12
Meal type: dessert
Culinary tradition: USA (General)

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