an interlude from your delinquent author.

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i’ve reached the point of being embarrassed to rear my head around these parts. for shame. it seems like everytime i show up here, it’s to apologize for being absent. and i need to be more present. everywhere. including here.

i’m taking stock of things, (including meat and vegetables), and realizing that i don’t spend enough time creating things in the kitchen as i would like to. so, there is that. these grapefruit bars and these toffee, coconut, oreo squares were part of a whirlwind that also involved a three-layer peppermint fudge cake and ended with a broken oven. i’m also terrible at keeping secrets, so i will tell you all this: i want to share my baked goods more often. as in, sell them. regularly. my repretoire is bigger than i give myself credit for (though, i’m not sure it’s as big as lynne’s! not yet, at least.) so, maybe, hopefully, 2012 will be a year of craft shows and order for friends, family, and people who appreciate delicious treats.

in the next few days, i am going to more fully develop a business plan, but i’m also going to take the opportunity to bake my heart out for new year’s eve and to resolve myself to making 2012 a red letter, banner year. does anyone have any banner paper? or red letters?

grapefruit bars

crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
a pinch of salt
1 1/2 sticks butter, cold

preheat oven to 350F.
in a stand mixer on medium speed, mix together the dry ingredients and the butter until well combined, with the largest pieces being about the size of a pea.
press the dough into a parchmented 9×9 pan. stab gently with a fork. cook for about 15 minutes, until golden.
let cool. (i hate this part.)

grapefruit curd:
6 eggs
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup grapefruit juice (about 2 large grapefruits)
zest of one grapefruit
zest of one lime
2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup flour

preheat your oven to 300F. whisk together the eggs and sugar until fluffy. add juice, then flour and cornstarch. pour over cooked crust and set in oven for 45 minutes at 300F, or until golden.
let cool and slice into as many, or as few, squares as you would like.

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One thought on “an interlude from your delinquent author.

  1. Uh, hello? Grapefruit bars?!?! Are you KIDDING me? One of my favourite things in the world is lemon curd. Another one of my favourite things in the world are grapefruits. Conclusion? I must make these bars. Pronto. (Is it cheating if I then blog about it on my blog? *grin* Don’t worry, I’ll give you full credit if I do 😉

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