I have been looking for
to cheap to buy my self a citrus zester for a long time. While visiting Sister in Iowa we stopped at the second-hand store. This is a big store with lots and lots of stuff. With patience and perseverance “stuff” turns into treasures.
This store had a section full kitchen cast-offs. The pretty dishes caught my eye. I love dishes, but I really didn’t want to haul them back to South Dakota. I have no room to display more dishes or store them for that matter. Behind the dishes were shelves of gadgets, kitchen tools, silverware, etc. I dug, I searched and I found … a citrus zester! Just what I had in my mind. 25 cents later it was mine!
I used the zester to make these bars for the Improve Cooking Challenge (ICC). It is so much more fun than using my box grater’s small holes. January’s ingredients are lemon and sour cream. I love lemon bars! Combined with the a citrus zester, it’s a perfect fit. I found this recipe in my Taste of Home’s New Baking Cookbook.
1-1/2 C All-Purpose Flour
1/2 C Confectioners’ Sugar
1 teaspoon Grated Lemon Peel
1 teaspoon Grated Orange Peel
3/4 C Cold Butter, cubed
2 C Sugar
1/3 C Lemon Juice
1/4 C All-Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Grated Lemon Peel
2 teaspoons Grated Orange Peel
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 C (16 Ounces) Sour Cream
1/3 C Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
In a food processor, combine flour, confectioners’ sugar, lemon and orange peels.
Add butter; cover and process until mixture forms a ball.
Pat into a greased 13 X 9 inch baking pan. I used 2 – 8 X 8 inch baking pans.
Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until set and the edges are lightly browned.
In a large bowl, combine all the filling ingredients.
Pour over hot crust and bake for 14-16 minutes or until set and lightly browned.
In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients and spread over filling.
Bake 7-9 minutes longer or until topping is set.
Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate overnight.
Cut into bars just before serving.
Store in the refrigerator.
When you bite into these bars sugary lemon flavor floods your taste buds. Then a hint of orange pops through! All on a crisp shortbread crust. These bars are delicious; husband and co-worker approved!
Oh, and I love the citrus zester. It’s my new favorite thing. Did I mention it cost me 25 cents.
Do you have a citrus zester? What is one of your favorite kitchen gadgets?