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Hallelujah – I think we’re finally FINALLY over the winter hump and heading towards Spring! This morning the meteorologist predicted clear skies with temps in the high 40’s for the remainder of this week and into next, and I can’t even put into words how excited I am to finally have warm sunshine on Michaela’s and my face, and to replace my hot tea with cold and refreshing Country Time Lemonade during our afternoon walks outside.
Have you seen the Country Time Lemonade Starters yet? They come in a variety of flavors such as Half Lemonade & Half Iced Tea, Classic Lemonade and Berry Lemonade. The Starters have 50% less sugar than leading regular sodas, and are super convenient – all you have to do is add water to have a whole pitcher or just a single glass! They are flavored with REAL lemon juice, and helped me in a pinch yesterday while I was test driving a recipe that I want to make in a couple of weeks for my family’s Easter gathering.
Aren’t they beautiful? I added lemon zest to the buttery shortbread crust, and that bright red color is all thanks to freshly pureed raspberries. I didn’t have quite enough lemon juice for the filling so I added ⅓ cup of Country Time Classic Lemonade to the recipe, which added a surprising extra tangy kick to the creamy bars. TJ doesn’t like lemon bars (he’s more of a chocolate dessert kind of dude) so send me your address ASAP – these are dangerously delicious and I need to get them out of here before I eat the entire pan myself!
9 tablespoons of butter
¼ cup of sugar
1 cup of flour
¼ teaspoon salt
zest from ½ of a lemon
Raspberry Lemonade Filling Ingredients
1 ½ cups sugar
zest from 2 lemons
⅓ cup fresh squeezed lemon
⅓ cup of Country Time Lemonade Starters in Classic Lemonade
2 cups of freshly pureed raspberries
⅔ cup flour
¼ teaspoon salt
confectioner’s sugar (optional)
unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8×8 square baking dish with parchment paper so that you can easily pull the entire dessert out of the dish and cut it neatly into bars.
2. In a medium bowl cream together butter, sugar, and salt with an electric mixer. Slowly mix in flour and lemon zest until well combined. Press lemon shortbread dough into prepared baking pan and bake in oven for 20-25 minutes,
3. In a large bowl mix together sugar, egg, egg whites, zest, fresh lemon juice, ⅓ cup ofCountry Time Lemonade Starters in Classic Lemonade and pureed raspberries. Slowly add in flour and salt, then pour mixture over crust. Bake for 35 minutes or until the filling is set and firm.
4. Let dish cool completely (pop it in the freezer if you’re impatient like I am!), then gently lift the dessert from the pan using the parchment paper. Dust with confectioner’s sugar or unsweetened coconut flakes, if desired.
Country Time Lemonade Starters can be found in the drink mix aisle at Walmart. Do you want to give them a try before you buy? Check out these March and April demo schedules to see if one is being held at a Walmart near you.
Do you have a favorite spring or Easter inspired recipe?
I’m in charge of the desserts for our Easter brunch this year, and I’d love to read your ideas!