Thursday, February 9, 2012

Project Pinterest: Lemon Bars

2-ingredient Lemon Bars to be exact.

My daughter did some baking today for a big homecoming celebration.  My parents are home from a lengthy vacation, and we're gathering for a pizza party this afternoon.  We offered to bring dessert, knowing that there was one dessert from Pinterest that we wanted to try, and a recent success that we wanted to try again.

These Lemon Bars are as easy as can be.  Our angel food cake mix had two envelopes: cake flour mixture, and egg white mixture.  We mixed the flour mixture with the lemon pie filling first, and then added the egg white mixture, beating well.

There were a lot of comments on the original blog about how differently these turned out for people.  We followed the instructions exactly, using a 9x13 pan (not a jelly-roll pan). We did not add additional baking time to the suggested 20 minutes.

When we removed them from the oven after 20 minutes, the edges were just starting to pull away from the sides of the pan, the top had a glossy meringue-like texture, and was firm to the touch.

After they were out of the oven for several minutes they looked like this:

But, shrunken doesn't necessarily mean failure, right?  So, full speed ahead.  When we cut into them, they looked like this:

And after a taste test?  The consensus was... well... they are interesting.  They are not your mama's lemon bar, that's for sure. -- or even your mama's lemon cake.  The lemon flavor is very lite, and not citrus-y.  They taste like angel food cake, but have a dense, foamy texture.  Even though our bars are baked all the way through consistently, I feel like we did something wrong.  The texture appears totally different than in the pictures on the original blog.  I'm not sure if I'd call it a "fail" so much as just not our thing.

I did go back to check comments at the blog.  Jessie, the blogger at Practically Living commented that she only mixes until the dry ingredients are incorporated.  So, perhaps we over-mixed.  Oh well.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Lemon Bar PIN.
Link to BLOG with recipe!

Here are the rules:
1. Decide which pin on Pinterest you’d like to recreate.
2. Create it!
3. Flop or success, create a blog post about your re-do and include the original pin’s url.
4. Add the Project Pinterest button to your post so others can join in too!
5. Link up and check out other bloggers’ posts!


  1. Well, guess it's a good thing you at least tried them out. It can't be a success every time! They do look kind of frothy-ish. Maybe with a little lemon zest or juice they could've been salvaged??

  2. Hmmm....that does sound....interesting. But now you have me craving lemon bars! :)

  3. I'm thinking the key is to use Betty Crocker mix (or whichever one has only one envelope)and just stir until mixed and maybe some lemon extract.

    1. totally agree with using a Betty Crocker mix!

  4. They do sound interesting... At least you tried them out! I always have such trouble with angel food cake, I just buy it at the store now!


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