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Grapefruit Bars

Grapefruit Bars: Tangy and Sweet Citrus Delight

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Grapefruit Bars offer a refreshing twist on the classic lemon bar, combining tangy grapefruit flavor with a buttery shortbread crust. These bars are the perfect balance of sweet and tart, making them an irresistible treat for citrus lovers. Whether served as a dessert or enjoyed with a cup of tea, Grapefruit Bars are sure to brighten up any occasion with their vibrant flavor.

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold butter, cubed
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Filling:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Zest of 1 grapefruit
  • 2 tablespoons grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1-2 drops red food coloring (for a pink hue)

Instructions:

Prepare the Crust:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×9-inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. Mix Crust Ingredients: In a food processor or mixing bowl, combine the flour, cold cubed butter, powdered sugar, and salt. Pulse or mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and starts to come together.
  3. Press into Pan: Transfer the crust mixture into the prepared baking pan. Press it firmly and evenly into the bottom of the pan using your fingers or the back of a spoon.
  4. Bake the Crust: Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake the crust for 15-18 minutes, or until it is lightly golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Prepare the Filling:

  1. Mix Filling Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and vanilla extract until smooth and well combined. Optionally, add 1-2 drops of red food coloring for a pink tint to the filling.
  2. Pour over Baked Crust: Once the crust is baked, pour the prepared filling mixture evenly over the hot crust in the baking pan.
  3. Bake the Bars: Return the pan to the oven and bake the bars for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the filling is set and the edges are lightly golden brown.
  4. Cool and Serve: Allow the Grapefruit Bars to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Once cooled, use a sharp knife to cut them into squares or bars. Dust with powdered sugar if desired, and serve.

Cook’s Tips:

  • Zesting Grapefruit: Use a microplane or fine grater to zest the grapefruit, being careful to avoid the bitter white pith.
  • Juicing Citrus: Roll the grapefruit on the countertop before juicing to help release more juice.
  • Chilling: For easier slicing, chill the bars in the refrigerator for about an hour before cutting into squares.

Variations:

  • Garnish: Top each bar with a small grapefruit segment or a sprinkle of additional grapefruit zest for a decorative touch.
  • Coconut: Add a handful of shredded coconut to the filling for extra texture and flavor.
  • Shortbread Variation: Substitute the flour in the crust with almond flour or coconut flour for a gluten-free version.

FAQs:

  1. Can I use bottled grapefruit juice instead of fresh? Fresh grapefruit juice is recommended for the best flavor, but bottled juice can be used in a pinch.
  2. How should I store leftover bars? Store leftover Grapefruit Bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  3. Can I freeze Grapefruit Bars? Yes, these bars freeze well. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

These Grapefruit Bars offer a delightful combination of tangy citrus flavor and sweet buttery crust, making them a perfect treat for any occasion. With a simple preparation process and bright, vibrant taste, these bars are sure to become a new favorite in your dessert repertoire. Enjoy the refreshing burst of grapefruit in every bite and savor the sunny flavors of these delightful bars

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