Believe me, this is one of the simplest and most delicious desserts.
My Orange Bars are based on the original Lemon Squares recipe from a wonderful Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book.
Adults and kids, they all admire these fragrant orange bars. The preparation takes only a few minutes, and the ingredients could be usually found in your pantry or refrigerator.
After baking the cake should be cut into any shape you like – rectangles, squares, or triangles. And also you can cut them any size, larger or smaller. I highly recommend sprinkling the bars with powdered sugar: this way they will look more impressive. Make the dessert as the mini bars, and they will look stunning and satisfy your sweet tooth with reduced calories. Oh, to tell you the truth, it is very difficult to stop eating these wonderful orange bars – they are so tasty, delightful, crumbling, and mouth-watering.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 stick (100-114 g) butter
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- Zest of 1 orange, grated, orange part only
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp orange juice, or 1 tbsp orange juice and 1 tbsp liqueur like Cointreau, Grand Marnier
Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).
Blend the flour, butter, orange zest and icing sugar forming crumbles.
Transfer the crumbles onto the greased 8”x8” form. Press the crumbs onto the bottom of the form.
Bake for about 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven.
To make the filling, beat the remaining ingredients together until well blended.
Pour the filling over the crust.
Transfer into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. The filling puffs during baking and flattens when cooled.
Remove from the oven and cool completely.
Slide a knife around the edges, between the cake and the form, separating the cake from the form. Transfer the cake on a cutting board and cut into nine pieces or cut in the form: three – along and three – across. Then cut each piece in half lengthwise to get 18 rectangular bars.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Transfer to a serving tray.
Enjoy the world!