Monday, March 31, 2008

Beautiful Brynn's Blueberry Lemon Bars...

I knew you would all want this recipe. And, I asked Brynn if I could post it here and she sent it to me today! Hooray! If you make this recipe.. you will love me forever.. and Brynn too since she doctored this recipe up so that it's super yum! I only wish I had a photo for you beacause they are elegant. Brynn made these for my sister's bridal shower that has been so talked over lately. :)

Crust:2 cups all-purpose flour1/2 cup sugar1 tbsp lemon zest (I doubled this and used 2 tbsp for a more lemony flavor)
3/4 cup butter, chilled and cut into chunks
Filling:1 1/2 cups sugar1/3 cup fresh lemon juice1/4 cup all-purpose flour1/4 tsp salt
4 large eggs1 tbsp lemon zest(I doubled this and used 2 tbsp for a more lemony flavor)1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh and rinsed or frozen
1 ½ baking bars of the Ghirardelli White Chocolate

Preheat oven to 350F. To make the crust, combine flour, sugar and lemon zest in the bowl of a food processor (or a large mixing bowl, if you prefer to work by hand). Pulse in butter (or rub in with fingertips) until butter is well distributed and the mixture resembles moist sand. Pour into a 9×13-inch (make sure you spray the pan with Pam or some other non-sticking agent) baking dish and spread evenly. Press down to create a firm, even layer.Bake for 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
While crust is cooking, prepare the filling. Combine all filling ingredients (add blueberries last) in a large bowl and stir together until smooth When crust is done, pour filling into hot pan and return to oven.Bake for about 17-20 minutes, until filling is set. Edges may be lightly browned, depending on the pan.
Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. Use a slightly damp knife to cut through the bars. Once you have cut them into squares, dust them lightly with powdered sugar. Take 1 and ½ baking bars of the Ghirardelli White Chocolate baking bars and melt the chocolate according to the instructions on the package. (I melted it in the microwave, stirring frequently and that works fine) Once chocolate is melted dip a fork into the chocolate and spread the chocolate in thin lines across each bar. In other words, the chocolate is not to be used like frosting just as a pretty garnish across the bar. You don't have to cut them up into individual squares if you don't want to but I think they look prettier if you dress each one with chocolate individually because then you can also cover the sides with white chocolate as well.


I love to read history. I love to read the stories of the lives of great men and women, the founders of our nation, the reformers, the people who've made a difference. In my reading I have found that most of these people had something interesting in common... They loved books. Abraham Lincoln dreamed of having a library of his own. The first money he earned, he spent to buy a copy of Aesop's Fables and his library continued to grow throughout the rest of his life.
Books have a spirit in them. Great literature brings a spirit of greatness in to a home and gives it grace and dignity.
I practice what I preach here. I have books piled all over the floor. They are only my favorites. I am trying not to keep those that aren't my favorites. I just tell people that I decorate in late, early and modern books. My books are my friends. I love them. I often make a return visit to a great book. I don't always read it again cover to cover, but I re-read favorite passages.
I hope my daughter will be a reader. I hope that she will find wisdom and comfort in great books. I hope that she will value books above almost every material possession.
I love this quote by Winston Churchill
"If you cannot read all your books, at any rate.. peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them be your acquaintances."
and this one by James A. Michener
"A nation becomes what its young people read in their youth."