Feb 25, 2013
Blood Orange Bars
(recipe from Better Homes and Gardens Brownies and Bars)
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp finely shredded blood orange peel
2/3 cup blood orange juice
2 drops red food coloring (optional)
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
powdered sugar (for dusting)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8x8x2 inch baking pan with foil. Grease foil; set pan aside.
For crust, in the bowl of a food processor combine 1 cup flour, 3 tbsp powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, and butter (if you don't have a food processor, use a pastry blender, or two forks, to cut in butter). Pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake about 15 mintues or until light brown around the edges.
In a medium bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, eggs, orange peel, orange juice, and, if desired, food coloring, until smooth. Stir in the 2 tbsp flour and 1/4 tsp salt. Pour orange mixture over hot crust.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes more or until filling is set. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Using the edges of the foil, lift uncut bars out of pan. Cut into bars and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
*if you can't find blood oranges, regular oranges and orange juice can be substituted