Blood Orange Bars

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Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.

Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.

I’m a lucky girl in so many ways. I could probably devote this entire blog to things that I am grateful for without even mentioning food, but when you add in food-related things that I am grateful for you’ll find that I’m never at a loss for words. Today’s blessing I shall talk about?  Pasture-raised organic-fed backyard happy chicken eggs. If you’ve ever had one, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Yolks so bright orange you’ll need to squint to marvel in their beauty and you’ll mistake them for the sun. Yolks so creamy you need a spatula to scrape them from the bowl when making scrambled eggs. Yolks so large you’ll wonder how they fit into the shell. Once you get a taste of these beautiful, multi-colored, hard shelled, no-two-eggs-look-alike little gems, you’ll never be able to go back to those pale-yellow-yolk thin-shelled with a big nasty white thing in the middle grocery store eggs.

Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.

Why am I going on and on about eggs and blessings, you might ask?  Well, I’m fortunate enough to have a past co-worker of mine deliver eggs like this directly to my door each and every week for half the cost of what they go for at the farmer’s market and this beautiful dozen shown above was given to me by yet another co-worker, CJ (aka super cool dude). You see, when you live in Portland, its not uncommon to know people with backyard chickens (or to see someone walking a goat or walking downtown in a batman costume for that matter), and I consider myself beyond lucky for knowing such people. I wanted to thank CJ for giving me 4 dozen of these beauties so I decided to make him some blood orange bars.  I think he is still waiting on the creme brulee I promised him though…

Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.

If you’ve ever had a traditional lemon bar or a variation like strawberry rhubarb lemon bars, you’ll know that the top is a tart and sweet custard-like concoction and it sits happily on a shortbread crust. I decided to add some zest to the crust as well as the filling and I wholeheartedly agree that was a solid decision. You must do that as well. You can substitute any kind of citrus in this recipe, but I just think the blood oranges are so darn pretty. Enjoy!

Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.

Blood Orange Bars
 
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Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 12 servings
Ingredients
crust:
  • 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
filling:
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup blood orange juice
  • 1/4 + 1 tablespoon cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon blood orange zest
  • powdered sugar (for dusting)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, powdered sugar, and butter until it clings together. Press evenly into a 13x9 inch pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  3. While crust is cooking, beat together the eggs, sugar, and blood orange juice. Sift the flour and baking powder together and add to the flour mixture along with the blood orange zest. Mist until combined. Pour over the cooled crust.
  4. Bake for an additional 25 minutes.
  5. Allow to fully cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars.

Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.
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Five Minute Fudge

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It doesn't get much faster, easier, or sinfully delicious than this Five Minute Fudge. Even Jimmy Fallon talked about it on The Tonight Show!

It doesn’t get much faster, easier, or sinfully delicious than this Five Minute Fudge.  Even Jimmy Fallon talked about it on The Tonight Show!

Five Minute Fudge | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Edit: I made this fudge last year for the holidays as I do for every year. I popped in to edit the post to show how Jimmy Fallon recently poked fun at it on The Tonight Show. I love Jimmy Fallon and am absolutely thrilled that he mentioned my recipe. That moment will definitely live on as one of my highlights!

It doesn't get much faster, easier, or sinfully delicious than this Five Minute Fudge. Even Jimmy Fallon talked about it on The Tonight Show! 

I, too, think its hilarious that Pinterest added my prep time and my cooking time to give a total of 9 min. Pinterest obviously doesn’t understand how efficient I am in the kitchen and that my prep time and cooking time usually happen simultaneously!It doesn't get much faster, easier, or sinfully delicious than this Five Minute Fudge. Even Jimmy Fallon talked about it on The Tonight Show!

Okay… back to your regularly scheduled post and check out the VIDEO I made below!

Welcome to day one of my 12 Days of Holiday Treats!  What better way to start off than by sharing my fudge recipe with you, right?

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I’ve been making and eating this fudge pretty much my entire life. I think its how my grandma made it, or at least that’s what I remember, but I’m not entirely sure. Does it really take five minutes to make? Well, I suppose that depends on how quick you are with a spoon.  Did I time myself?  No.  Did I think Five Minute Fudge was a catchy title?  Yes.  Is it in any way, shape, or form healthy?  Nope. Should you make this fudge and will everyone love it?  Duh.

Five Minute Fudge | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I make Christmas cookies every year. Then, I package them up and send them off to my family. Who are the lucky recipients?  I have a waiting list of about 27 people, but the folks who always get them are

1) my grandpa – who is 97 years old and has a bigger sweet tooth than anyone I’ve ever seen

2) my dad – who tells me every year he shouldn’t have them, and I know he shouldn’t, but I send them anyway

3) my sister – who always gives me honest critique and ranks them in preferred order, yet 100% of them never fail to be eaten

4) my stepson – who is a proud young Marine and burns like 16,750 calories a day

Five Minute Fudge | Self Proclaimed Foodie

When I make these holiday treats to share with family and friends, I try to mix up a few of the recipes I choose to make each year to add some variety, but this fudge happens every single year. Why? Because its delicious, of course. But why else?  Because by the time I’m cursing the beautiful, yet ever so time consuming, cookies that I had to mix, refrigerate, roll, cut, shape, frost, and try not to burn because I got distracted… I start cursing the holiday treat making process.  But, this quick and easy fudge always restores my faith and redeems the entire process because it yields a ton, people love it, and its downright quick and easy. The biggest problem I have with this fudge is the inability to keep it out of my mouth.

Five Minute Fudge | Self Proclaimed Foodie

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

If you love sinfully delicious, easy to make, and definitely-not-healthy-but-who-cares treats, be sure to check out these Self Proclaimed Foodie favorites:

Granny's Monkey Bread | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Bacon Jalapeño Mac n Cheese | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Brown Butter Brownies | Self Proclaimed Foodie

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Five Minute Fudge
 
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It doesn't get much faster, easier, or sinfully delicious than this Five Minute Fudge.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: ~80 pieces
Ingredients
  • 32 ounce bag powdered sugar (about 8 cups), unsifted
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, unsifted
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet or casserole dish with foil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar and cocoa powder and stir until they seem reasonably well mixed. If the mixture seems like there are small clumps, you may sift it after its been measured.
  3. Pour milk over sugar mixture but do no mix. Place cubes of butter on top. Microwave on high power 3-4 minutes until the butter has almost completely melted.
  4. Immediately remove mixture from microwave and stir well until very well combined. You need to work fast because you want to spread the mixture while its still hot, but you want every spec of sugar to be well incorporated.
  5. Once chocolate mixture is thoroughly mixed, stir in walnuts and vanilla.
  6. Immediately pour warm fudge into prepared dish and spread to desired thickness. I only used about 60% of the surface of my baking sheet and made a 10x10 inch square with my fudge. It will only spread as far as you want, so make it as thick as you'd like the individual pieces to be.
  7. Allow to fully set at room temperature. Our house is always freezing, so it didn't take much time. If you live in a warm house, it may take several hours or even a bit of refrigeration.
  8. Lift foil out of dish and transfer fudge to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut squares.
  9. Store in airtight container.

 

It doesn't get much faster, easier, or sinfully delicious than this Five Minute Fudge. Even Jimmy Fallon talked about it on The Tonight Show!

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