Thursday, August 23, 2012

Skinny Lemon Bars

I love lemon.

 Skinny Lemon Bars
1 c. flour
1/2 c. quick oats
1/4 c. white sugar
3 tbsp. butter, softened

Lemon Middle:
2 eggs
1 c. white sugar
3 tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
juice and zest from one lemon

1 c. conf. sugar
juice from half a lemon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prep your 8x8, 9x9 or 9" round pie pan. Combine the ingredients for the crust, making sure the butter cuts in evenly and press into the bottom of the pan. Bake for about 15 min. or until the edges start to turn golden.

While that is baking, whip together your eggs and sugar. Next add the flour, salt, and baking powder. Finally add the zest and juice from a lemon and mix very well. Pour mixture on top of the partially cooked crust and return to the oven. Bake for about 20 more min. You can tell that it's done when the center sets up. The top may start to turn golden brown. Let bars cool and cover evenly with glaze. Enjoy!

The whole pan of costs less than $2, and they're easy, so make them.

Banana Muffins

My husband is extremely generous all the time. He loves inviting people over for Sunday lunch (which he calls "dinner", even though it's 1 in the afternoon) Last Sunday he informed me of the invitation he had made right before 3rd hour. I think it's a man thing, because I remember my dad doing the same thing all the time. Anyway, nothing was in the crock pot waiting for us when we got home(I wish house elves were real!), so we decided on breakfast food - our best go-to. To liven up the menu of pancakes and eggs, I made Banana Muffins. They were quite delicious!

Banana Muffins

Over ripe bananas, 2
All purpose flour, 1 3/4 cup
Light Brown Sugar, 3/4 cup
Baking powder, 1 tsp
Baking soda, 1/4 tsp
Salt, 1/4 tsp
Ground cinnamon, 1 tsp
Eggs, 2
Unsalted Butter (melted and cooled), 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract, 1 tsp
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350  F. 
  2. Grease and flour the muffin tray. 
  3. Mash the over ripe bananas on a plate.
  4. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt,sugar, baking powder, baking soda and ground cinnamon.
  5. In  another bowl, combine mashed bananas, Melted butter, vanilla extract and to this add the lightly beaten eggs and mix well.
  6. Then add this mixture to the flour mixture and fold them together just until they are fully incorporated into a homogeneous mixture. If you over mix, they will be gross.
  7. Pour the batter to the prepared muffin tin and sprinkle some chopped walnuts on top and bake for 20 - 25 minutes until its done and the tooth pick inserted in the center, comes out clean.
I actually really love having people over to eat. It's fun to make stuff like muffins that I probably wouldn't normally since I would have to eat all of them.