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Lemon Bars

Hi! Since I am getting discourage about how slowly I am learning about blogging and food photography, I am not going to talk too much today; but I want to share with you my most  favorite quote that encourages me when I am down. It is from  Ira Glass. This quote justifies the mediocrity of the photos I have here, so bear with me. I broke the quote into pieces … Ciao! Lemon BarsIra Glass' quote about patience in developing your skills“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. Lemon BarsIt’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Lemon Bars Lemon BarsMost people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. Lemon Bars It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” Lemon Bars Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

small size tart pan

small size tart pan

 

I am loving this tart pan and I am dying to use it with one of my future tart bakings. You can buy it in Amazon and I found that it is not available in any Michael stores, Walmart or in the mall. Check it out. It is 4. 75 ” round.

Lemon Bars

Servings:18• Serving Size:1 match box size squares• Old Points: 8 • Points+:7• Calories :245• Fat:9.1g • Protein: 3.3 g • Carb:39.2 g • Fiber: .7 g • Sugar: 25.6 g • Sodium: 118mg

Ingredients

  1. Crust:
  2. 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  3. 1/3 cup Confectioner's Sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 cup butter OR 3/4 cup of butter then skip the Olive oil ( I just substitute the 1/4 cup with olive oil to go easy on calories then dice into small pieces)
  6. 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  7. Filling:
  8. 2 cups granulated sugar
  9. 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  10. 4 eggs
  11. 1 lemon ( extract the juice)
  12. 1 navel orange ( extract juice)
  13. 1 tsp lemon zest
  14. 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  • FOR THE CRUST: Pre heat oven at 350 F . Place flour,confectioner's sugar,salt in a large bowl. Mix and then add in sliced butter and using your hand, incorporate the butter with the flour mixture. Add the olive oil intermittently until the crust is flaky. Place the crust into a 7 x 5 baking sheet and press hard into the baking pan, make sure to seal any cracks.Bake in a preheated oven until brown, around 20 minutes.
  • FOR THE FILLING : Meanwhile mix the granulated sugar,flour in a bowl.Set aside.In the other bowl, mix the lemon juice, orange juice and lemon zest, milk and eggs. Beat and then add into sugar mixture. Beat until there will be no more lumps. Pour mixture into the hot crust and bake for another 25 minutes - lower the oven temperature to 325 F. Bake until the filling is set. The filling will look bubbly but it will set once you remove it from the oven and while it is cooling. Let cool and and slice into match box size squares. Serve immediately or, refrigerate before serving. Store left over in an air tight container.
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Comments

  1. Wow–these look gorgeous! I love lemon bars. I’ll want to try these with the added orange. I know your frustration about the whole food blogging/photos, we’re in the process of learning that, too!

  2. Are you kidding me! You have some of the best and most professional looking pics on all the tons of blogs I visit! You are doing a fabulous job – keep it up!! And the lemon bars, and ..ok, ALL your food looks mouth watering and a must try. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  3. I totally get where you are coming from. I’m currently in the middle of this process. I’m determined to not give up though :) And those lemon bars look amaze balls!

  4. Wow. Thanks! That totally gave me more hope on improving! My pictures turn out horrible. Yours are wonderful. What in the world do you think you’re talking about, saying your picture’s aren’t good? They make me want to eat my screen!

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