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Raising the bar…

Always having an abundance of lemons, we have long-enjoyed lemon bars.  Years ago, when they were the new favorite dessert on the block, I tried many iterations of the classic recipe.  This one with the taste of sweetened fresh lemons became our favorite*.  However, the flaky shortbread crust remained difficult to remove in neat rectangles from the bottom of the baking dish.  Refrigerating before cutting was helpful.  This past week, making another batch for a family celebration, I decided to use parchment paper.

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Viola!  After refrigerating overnight the entire slab raises from the pan…

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the paper can be carefully pulled away from the edges…

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and the bars cut easily to size.

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Small pieces of parchment keep the sticky treats separated and fingers cleaner.

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Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!

*Lemon Bars

Shortbread crust:  mix 1 cup softened butter with 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.  Press into bottom of 9 x 13 inch pan lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Lemon filling:  mix 2 cups sugar with 4 tablespoons flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder.  Add four slightly beaten eggs, 6 tablespoons lemon juice and grated zest of 4 lemons.  Pour onto baked crust and bake an additional 25 minutes until filling is set.

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Pomelo Sorbet

….or do you prefer grapefruit…?

sorbet – a fruit or vegetable ice, often served served between courses to refresh the palate

pomelo – the very large, yellow or orange citrus fruit of a tree, Citrus maxima, of South East Asia, closely related to the grapefruit.

grapefruit – a large, roundish, yellow-skinned, edible citrus fruit having a juicy, acid pulp; the tropical or semitropical tree, Citrus paradisi

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Combine 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water

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simmer 3 – 4 minutes

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cool completely, then add 1 1/2 cups pomelo juice and 1 tablespoon pomelo zest

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pour into freezer bowl and let mix for 25 – 30 minutes until slushy

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serve with fresh basil leaf

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verdict:  I alone liked the pomelo sorbet better.  Three to one in favor of grapefruit!!!

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