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.
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…
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!
- 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 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)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bake for an additional 25 minutes.
- Allow to fully cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars.