Sunday, July 25, 2010

SMS Sunny Lemon Bars

Sweet Melissa Sundays could not be any sunnier with this cheerful Toasted Almond Lemon Bar recipe chosen for this week by Rebecca of Indecisive Baker.


I love all things almond so getting to toast almond slices, blend them with the flour in a food processor and add almond extract in the recipe was a winner combo. Sweet, tart and tasty!

I read comments before baking the bars and already knew the crust would be a bugger to work with. I had a plate of flour sitting next to my work station, ready for some serious hand-dousing while patting the dough into place. Good thing! Really sticky "and" I used frozen butter to keep the dough well chilled. The comments stated the filling would be "soupy" and it was but no one was alarmed. The bars set up perfectly and we have eaten three; meaning we LOVE them and thank you Rebecca for hosting and picking out a beautiful, cheery dessert! Check out Rebecca's site for the recipe and do not forget to go to Sweet Melissa Sundays blog roll to see the rest of the lemon bar bakers! Happy Sunday everyone!

Went blueberry picking at Blueberry Hills Farm by Lake Chelan over the weekend and I am running behind this weekend for finishing up Melissa's lemon bars. Here are a few pictures of my blueberry picking fun with hubby.


We left Friday afternoon for the 4 1/2 hour drive. Blueberry fields open up for u-pick at 8 a.m. and picking in 80 degree weather at 9 a.m. sounded so much better then 95+ by noon, into the evening.


45 minutes later, we had a little over 14 pounds of blueberries ready to be weighed and paid for.

The farm still had a few strawberry plants producing and the raspberries were no where near being ready to pick. We did pick up amazingly sweet Bing cherries and 23 pounds of fresh off the trees apricots. I plan on making apricot preserves in a few days along with blueberry jams.

12 comments:

Drick said...

sounds like you are a busy girl... can't wait for your lemon bars and your other fruit recipes - thanks for stopping by my place....

Tracey said...

Wow, sounds like quite a haul from your trip! I haven't been picking yet this summer but am hoping to pick raspberries soon :)

Your bars are thin like mine - yay! I've seen a lot of really thick ones and was wondering if mine were so thin because I scaled back the recipe. Regardless, I'm with you - they were really tasty despite any fussiness of the crust.

Gloria said...

Beautiful lemon bars! Now we expect to see some tasty treats with all those blueberries you picked. ;)

Tessa said...

You got quite the load of goods from your trip. Sounds like fun! Glad the lemon bars were well received and that the crust seemed to behave for you!

Nina said...

Wow. looks great! The trip to the farm looks like so much fun! I'm sure the jam will be brilliant!

Katiecakes said...

Oh I love pick your own farms. Looks great.

Katie xox

rebecca said...

Wish I could come over to help with some jamming! WIll you try out an apricot recipe too?

Lemon bars look great!

Eliana said...

Your bars look super delish :)

Julie said...

Your bars look delicious. Love to pick blueberries or any fresh fruit. So fun and even more fun to use them in the kitchen.

Future Grown-Up said...

I am definitely looking forward to what you can come up with with all the fruit you picked. Great job with the lemon bars- it was definitely a fussy crust for me too.

Jeannette said...

I really need to find a place somewhat near here that i can go fruit picking! I am missing out!

I bet some of those blueberries would be a wonderful compliment to these bars :)

Hanaâ said...

Wow, that sounds awesome! I hardly ever bother to buy fresh apricots here because they won't be as good as they should be. Your jams sound delicious too.