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All due respect to Ned Stark (bless his soul), but summer is coming.

 

I love summer for many reasons – not having to wear 5 layers before stepping outside, drinking coconut water instead of plain water all day long, more sun-lit hours, gorgeous flowers everywhere, and the beautiful, colorful produce.

 

Fruits are aplenty and in all shapes, sizes and color – tart, sweet, and juicy, the dessert possibilities are endless.

 

Raspberry Lemon bars 3

 

These raspberry lemon bars are a mouthful of summer. The shortbread base is crumbly and buttery, and the lemon-raspberry topping is fresh, citrusy and sweet all at once.

 

Raspberry Lemon bars 1

 

These are very easy to make, and they look quite spectacular don’t you think?

 

Raspberry lemon bars

 

Recipe from: Lovely Little Kitchen

 

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Serves: 9

 

 

Ingredients:

 

For the shortbread:

12 tbsp/1 and 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

75g/ 1/3 cup caster sugar

170g/ 1 and 1/2 cup flour

For the topping:

3 eggs

225g/ 1 cup caster sugar

3 tbsp flour

1 cup fresh raspberries (crushed)

juice of 2 lemons

icing sugar, for dusting

lemon slices, raspberries, mint leaves or green sprinkles for decorating

 

Raspberry Lemon bars 2

 

 

 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF , grease a 9 by 9 inch baking tin, and then line with parchment paper leaving the edges to over-hang. Using an electric whisk, cream the butter and sugar together, then add the flour and knead gently until a smooth dough is formed.
  2. Press into the prepared tin, spreading with your fingers so that the dough is evenly distributed in a uniform layer in the tin. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Using an electric whisk, mix the eggs, sugar and flour together. Add the raspberries and lemon juice and mix again. Pour over the baked shortbread crust and return to the oven for another 20 minutes. Remove and cool.
  4. Dust with icing sugar, and decorate with lemon slices, raspberries and mint leaves or sprinkles if you wish. Cut into 9 squares and serve.

 

Happy summer-ing!

 

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Question: What do you when you’re craving something buttery and sweet?

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Also, it’s raining like the world is ending outside, and you’re as tired as rat after a long day.

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Oh, and you don’t have any fancy things in the fridge. So no- I can’t eat a bar of 80% cacao organic dark chocolate with a macadamia nut and marzipan filling.
(Does this chocolate exist only in my dreams?)

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Answer: You make shortbread!!

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I was seriously in shock when I looked at this recipe.

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3 ingredients.
Flour. Butter. Sugar.

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How simple. How perfect.

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Why did I expect anything different from the goddess of comfort baking?

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This shortbread takes less than five minutes to prepare. Add to that the 10 minutes or so in the oven, and you’re set.

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They can be made to look elegant of course, but I was in a hurry.

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Fresh from the oven, you don’t even have to bite into them. They melt in your mouth. And you’re left with the most dreamy, wonderful, comforting aftertaste, of butter and a delicate sweetness.

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Shortbread bits

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Adapted from: (Nigella’s Easy Shortbread)

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Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10-15 mins
Makes: about 20 medium sized bits

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Ingredients:

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150g plain flour, unsifted
110g butter (salted is fine), melted and cooled
50g icing sugar, plus a little bit for dusting

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Method:

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1. Preheat the oven to 160º C.
2. Mix the butter and sugar together, till there are no lumps. Add the flour a little at time. Mix with your hands and knead gently. Form into a smooth ball.
3. Roll out to about 1/2cm thickness and cut out shapes with cutters, or just slice the dough (if you’re like me) into strips of different sizes.
4. Bake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 10-15 mins. Remove from the oven and dust lightly with icing sugar. Let it cool slightly before you eat 🙂

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