When Life Gives you a Broken Foot…

5.28.2013

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…make Grapefruit Bars!

After fracturing a bone in my foot last week (no cool story, just a clumsy step) and ordered to stay off my foot for a couple of weeks, I found myself with a little down time and inspired to bake. Nathan wheeled my office chair into the kitchen and I went to work on some Grapefruit Bars. I recently scored a bushel of yellow grapefruits at our neighborhood garden exchange and wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. They were too sour to eat by themselves, so I thought I’d try them as a replacement for lemons in lemon bars. While classic lemon bars are still my favorite, these had a sweet, citrus flavor that was delicious and fun to try.

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Crust:
1/2 cup butter (one stick)
1/4 cup sugar, 1 cup flour
generous pinch of sea salt
Combine all ingredients until crumbly (I pulsed everything in my food processor for a few seconds) then press dough into a greased 8×8 baking pan. Poke a few holes in the bottom with a fork. Bake at 350 F for 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool while you prepare the filling.

Filling:
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon grapefruit zest
1/2 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1/2 cup flour
powder sugar for dusting the top
Whisk together all ingredients until just combined, pour into prepared baking pan with crust. Bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes, until the bars have set. Remove from the oven and dust with powdered sugar after cooling.

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 A concerned Peachy after I returned from Urgent Care.