Thursday, November 10, 2011

Walnut Bars

       So we took the boys in to the orthodontis to see if they did infact need braces and they both do. While I listened to the guy go over everything they needed, I mentally checked out after I heard things like...the oldest one will lose his bottom teeth in 20  years,the youngest has something I have never seen in my 16 years of working here, they both need 4 teeth pulled..two on top and two on bottom..we will then fit them with braces and over the next few years everything will realign and everything will be fine... So yeah..I checked out and thought about what I was going to bake for my husband and I to gloss over this painful meeting.

We walked out in complete silence after setting up the appointments to get the ball rolling! Thankfully over here they cover 70% of what needs to be done and although their teeth look perfect right now he showed us where it was starting to go wrong and where it was going to end up for the both of  them. So instead of a kitchenaid mixer for christmas this year, I get two sets of braces..whoo hoo!

The bars were just what we needed. They had a simple shortbread crust,chewy center and a lemon glaze that brings it altogether. Total perfection!

Walnut Bars

1/2 cup Butter,softened
1/4 cup Sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1-1/4 cups All-purpose Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt

2 Eggs
1-1/2 cups Packed Brown Sugar
2 TBS All-purpose Flour
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1-1/2 cups  Chopped Walnuts

Lemon Glaze:
1-1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
2-3 TBS Lemon Juice

Preheat oven to 350 or 180 celcius. Grease a 13x9 inch pan and set aside. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour and salt;slowly add to creamed mixture and mix well. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

For filling: In a small bowl, combine the eggs,brown sugar,flour,vanilla,baking powder and salt. Stir in walnuts. Spread over crust. Bake for 25 minutes or until filling is goldne brown.Cool on wire rack.

Combine the powdered sugar and enough lemon juice to achieve desired consistency;spread over filling. Let stand until set before cutting.

Yield: 2-1/2 dozen
Source: Taste of Home Baking