Sunday, July 13, 2014

passion fruit bars

you guys, these bars are killer! they are reminiscent in look, texture and concept to lemon bars so you'd think they are practically the same but passion fruit has a very distinct flavor and it. is. awesome! they are a little less tart than lemon bars but have a lot more character to them. also, i like that these aren't overly sweet. they're super easy to make and a hit at bbqs. unfortunately i think that i slightly undercooked mine, which wasn't so much a problem in mouth feel texture as it was annoyingly unpretty when i cut through them. even so, these are soooo good! make them!!...orrr you can stalk the next bbq i go to and sneak one for yourself.

*i used Goya brand passion fruit puree found in the frozen aisle at Safeway

Passion Fruit Bars  
(i got the recipe here)

for crust: 
- 2 sticks butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1/2 c granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 c flour

for filling:
- 8 large eggs
- 2 1/3 c granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 c passion fruit puree
- 1/2 c flour

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. line a 9x13 pan with foil so that the foil extends over the sides. spray with cooking spray
3. in a bowl, mix together the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt for the crust
4. once mixed add flour and mix until evenly incorporated
5. scrape into the foil lined pan and press into an even layer
6. bake crust for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown
7. while the crust is baking, in a large bowl whisk together eggs, sugar and passion fruit puree until the consistency is even
8. sift the flour over the filling mixture and whisk together until smooth
9. pour filling mixture over the hot crust
10. reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F
11. bake for approx. 25-30 minutes or until the center barely jiggles when you tap the pan
12. remove pan from oven and allow to cool to room temp
13. refrigerate bars until you are ready to serve
14. when ready, pull the sides of the foil up so that all contents in the pan are removed
15. with a large, sharp knife cut into bars
16. sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving

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