Lemon Coconut Bars

Author: Jamie

Last week Mother Nature teased us Ohioans and gave us a short lived burst of spring weather. The temperatures hit the high fifties so, of course, I had to make something citrus. After browsing the web for a few minutes, I encountered a recipe that included not only citrus…but citrus and coconut. How can you go wrong with this combo?

I had all the ingredients in the pantry, so I headed into the kitchen and got to baking!
This recipe is so easy, I utilized my food processor which made the crust come together in a matter of minutes. The end result was a lovely citrus flavored bar dessert with an amazing toasted coconut topping…seriously, these bars scream warm weather!

Unfortunately, that warm weather made the snow melt, thus making my backyard a swamp…and to ice the cake, the temps dipped back down to forties. I think I need a pair of these wellies, yep, wellies will make me feel better while dodging muddy puddles and geese in my backyard. If you’re as ready for warm weather and sunshine as I am, make these bars…they may help ya withstand the wait! Thanks for stopping by, have a scruptious day. Oh and in case you’re interested in winning a fabulous apron from The Hip Hostess, you need to head over to Facebook and become a fan of my new page. Details about the giveaway and apron will be posted later this week, but here’s a hint…The Hip Hostess apron is an adorable new style that is not even available yet!!! Head over to their site and check out all of their gorgeous designs!

Ingredients:

• 1  1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
• 3/4 cup cold butter or margarine
• 4 eggs
• 1  1/2 cups sugar
• 1/2 cup lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 cup flaked coconut

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9 x 13 x 2 inch pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a bowl, combine flour and confectioners’ sugar; cut in the butter until crumbly (I used my food processor and pulsed the ingredients until thoroughly combined).
3. Press into the bottom of a lightly greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, lemon juice and baking powder
until well mixed. Pour over crust; sprinkle coconut evenly over the top.
5. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

 

Raspberry Cheesecake Mousse

Serves: 10

Ingredients:

• Mousse
• 15 oz (3 1/2 cups) fresh raspberries
• 2 tsp gelatin powder
• 3 Tbsp (45ml) cold water
• 1  1/2 cups (355ml) heavy cream
• 12 oz (340g) cream cheese, softened
• 2  1/4 cups (260g) powdered sugar, divided
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• Red food coloring, optional
• Crust
• 1 cup (120g) graham cracker crumbs (8 full sheets)
• 2  Tbsp (26g) granulated sugar
• 1/4 cup (56g) unsalted butter, melted
• Topping (optional)
• 3/4 cup (175ml) heavy cream
• 2  Tbsp (26g) granulated sugar
• 10 – 20 fresh raspberries
• Mint leaves

Instructions:

1. Pulse raspberries in a food processor until well pureed. Force puree through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl to remove seeds (you should have 1  1/3 cups puree). Set aside.
2. Pour 3 Tbsp water into a small microwave safe bowl, sprinkle gelatin evenly over water then let rest 5 minutes. Heat gelatin mixture in microwave on high power for 30 seconds. Remove and whisk for 1 minute, let cool 4 minutes until just warm (don’t let it cool completely or it may start to set).
3. Between stages of gelatin resting prepare whipped cream and cream cheese mixture as listed here – In a medium mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer whip heavy cream on high speed until soft peaks form. Add in 1/4 cup powdered sugar and whip until stiff peaks form (just shake excess from beater blades, no need to wash for next step). In a separate large mixing bowl using hand mixer, blend cream cheese and 2 cups powdered sugar until combined. Add in vanilla and red food coloring if using (I think I used about 14 drops liquid coloring) and mix until combined then increase to high speed and whip until light and fluffy about 2 minutes. Mix in strained raspberry puree and add in lukewarm gelatin/water mixture and mix until well combined. Fold in 1/3 of the whipped cream mixture, then add remaining and fold just until combined. Transfer to refrigerator while preparing crust layer (don’t chill longer than 30 minutes you don’t want it to set).
4. For the crust and assembly:
5. In a medium mixing bowl stir together graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Pour in butter and using a fork, stir until evenly moistened. Divide mixture among 10 dessert cups and lightly press into an even layer. Working in batches add mousse to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip and pipe over crust layer in cups (it will be slightly runny so you can just hold a spatula over opening while moving bag from cup to cup). Repeat with remaining mousse. Cover cups with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator 3 hours until set.

If adding the toppings (add these just before serving): In a medium mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer whip heavy cream until soft peaks form, add in sugar and whip until stiff peaks form. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip then pipe cream over mousse. Add 1 – 2 raspberries to each then garnish with mint leaves.

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