Sunday, March 7, 2010

Raspberry Lemonade Bars

Frozen Raspberries for Raspberry Lemonade Bars
The second I saw these Raspberry Lemonade Bars on Sophistimom, I knew I had to have 'em. Unfortunately, Dell has yet to add the oft-requested (at least by foodies, I imagine) monitor feature wherein I could simply reach in and grab a bite of whatever's on the screen. So put simply, I would have to make these for myself (sigh).

That first encounter was back in fall '09, but the vibrant colors and fun flavors of these bars would continue haunting me until I threw up my white flag and ran straight for the kitchen. Now I promise I won't make any puns about surrender being so (so) sweet. I'm not that cheesy, after all...

Raspberry Lemonade Bars
But in all seriousness, you really should try these for yourself. The vibrant pink color will garner plenty of attention. Then the sweet tart fruity flavors will surely take everyone who tries them back to childhood summers and maybe even running their own lemonade stand. Isn't it interesting that our favorite desserts often have a tie to the past? I'd love to hear if you have one that brings back particularly wonderful memories.

One last thing -- on a completely unrelated note -- I've been searching for a round white tray with raised edge like this, rectangular white tray with no edge like this, and vintage cooling rack like this. I'd be so grateful if someone could point me in the right direction. Thanks in advance!

Lemon for Raspberry Lemonade Bars
Raspberry Lemonade Bars [Printable Recipe]
Adapted from Sophistimom
Makes one 8x8" pan or 16 2" squares

XIAOLU'S NOTES: I iz lazee, so I simply melted the butter and stirred in the dry ingredients. It still tasted great but lacked the pleasant sandiness that I associate with lemon bar bases. Feel free to go either way depending on how much washing you're willing to do afterward 8). A friend made these with lime instead of lemon and reported it was great!

9 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon)
[I reduced to 1/2 cup and melted it]
1/4 cup (50 g) sugar
1 cup (100 g) unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
[I added a few pinches of lemon zest]

1 1/2 cups (287 g) sugar [I reduced to 1 1/4 cups]
3 large egg whites
1 large egg [I simply used 2 eggs and NO whites]
2/3 cup (150 mL) fresh lemon juice (from 2-3 lemons)
2 tablespoons lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
2/3 cup (65 g) unbleached, all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1 cup (150 g) frozen raspberries, defrosted
1 tablespoon powdered sugar [I used a few more]

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees Celsius). Line a 8×8″ square baking pan with a strip of parchment paper (8×14″) that covers the bottom and overlaps on either side. (This is so after it cools, you can pull out the entire pan of bars and cut them neatly. You can omit this step completely, though, in which case you need to butter the pan well.)

Cream butter, sugar, and salt with an electric mixer. Mix in flour until just incorporated. Flour hands and press dough into 8×8″ square baking pan, so that it comes up about a 1/2 inch around the sides.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. While it cools, prepare the filling.

Whisk sugar, eggs, lemon juice and zest, flour, and salt in a large bowl. Pour raspberries into a sieve and press through to extract all the pulp and juices. Whisk into lemon mixture and pour into crust. Bake for 30-35 minutes until filling is completely set. Let cool completely. (I help mine along in the freezer for about an hour.) Using the overlapping edges of parchment paper, gently lift the dessert from the pan. Cut into 16 squares. Dust generously with confectioner’s sugar.


  1. Oh, those look so brightly flavored and cheerful! The perfect sort of dessert to welcome in summer, whenever it finally arrives. :)

  2. Whoa those are a gorgeous color! And they are officially bookmarked. Soon as fresh berries hit. These are MADE.

  3. these photos are gorgeous! and these sound fantastic :)

  4. MMmm lemon bars are one of my favourite desserts and I love the idea of adding rasberries. Nice job!

  5. I love all the delicious foods on your blog. everything looks so delectable and your photography is awesome =)

  6. I remember seeing these last summer. I'm so making these!! Thank you for posting such lovely photos of these bars and for providing this great recipe!

  7. Really appreciate the nice comments, everyone!

  8. these look so good! my husband loves citrusy desserts and he LOVES when i make lemon bars, so i will have to try these!

  9. Oh Wow, the colour is so show-stopping! These look great. I'm lacking the 'reach into the monitor and eat' feature as unfortunate!

  10. They look so summery and sensational!

  11. I just love these! These are the prettiest little squares. I think for a tea they would be perfect. At first I was just in love with your photo of the raspberries in the glass, but then it got better!

  12. Oh my. Your blog is so captivating. I can spend hours here!

  13. Carmen - I must say nothing quite replaces the pure citrus fix of regular lemon bars, but these are such a playful variation. Please do let me know if you try them!

    Koko - Haha, sounds like we may need to start a petition for that feature.

    Angie - Thanks!

    Tami - I'm rather fond of that photo myself, even though it's just frozen berries.

    Anh - That's very sweet of you to say. Please stay as long as you want 8).

  14. These are luscious! I love lemons paired with raspberries, what a delicious treat!

  15. I do wish Dell had come up with that invention. I'd reach in and grab that whole plate!

  16. Hi Xiaolu,

    Your shots are pretty!! Is it summer yet? It should be. I hope you've been doing well. I know you work like crazy.


  17. Probably the prettiest bars I've ever seen! Just beautiful and a nice change from regular lemon bars.

  18. Patricia - Thanks! These bars made be quite fond of the pairing too.

    Danielle - Uh oh...haha it's a good thing there were more of them off the plate.

    Laura - Thanks, Laura! I wish it were summer too. My trial is over so things have been normal-er.

    Trissa - That's an incredible compliment coming from you :).

  19. These look awesome! I wish I knew where you could get those items you're looking for. Good luck!

  20. These photos are gorgeous! I'm going to have to try this recipe in July when the raspberries are ripe.

    That vintage cooling rack is adorable! I don't know where you might find one (second hand stores? flea markets?) but I think I want one now, too!

  21. Oooh, raspberry lemonade is a personal favourite. Must give these a try, especially with spring on the horizon!

  22. eatme_delicious - thanks! i did find the first one, actually!

    Mary - aw thanks and please do try these. i've tried second hand shops but will just have to look harder.

    The Casual Baker - yea it really started feeling like spring this week. i'm super excited :).

  23. We just found your site and, man what have we been missing? Your photography is fantastic, the writing fun and inviting. The raspberry bars look divine and now we will have to make some for home too. My sweet jaw thanks you.
    In regards to your question as to the white trays, we've been able to find some similar to what you are looking for at our local T.J.Maxx stores. Most stores around us have a least a small HomeGoods section, but when the advertise it the selection will be much better. They've been our best resource for white serving dishware. Good luck finding them.
    T & D

  24. Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Todd and Diane! Your blog is one of my longtime favorites and a source of both recipe and photography inspiration. I've been especially loving your series of food photography tutorials. Your tip about T.J. Maxx is greatly appreciated too -- I'll definitely check there.

  25. You photographs are perfection. The raspberry bars look delectable. I want one!

  26. I don’t know about the cooling rack, but I have that very round white tray and I got it at Ikea (and I’m pretty sure it was only $10 bucks). I think I might have seen something like that flat square dish in a CB2 catalogue but I’m not %100 sure.

  27. Amy - you are too sweet :).

    Alana - thanks for the tip! I found a similar plate (which I used in my orange hazelnut biscotti) at CB2. apparently I should've checked there for the square one too. I'll def take a look.


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