PASSION Is In The Air
It is our Summer season (technically a long one in south Florida)!!!! I like to highlight seasonal fruits when making my desserts. Passion fruit is a tart, but sweeter seeded fruit. You do not have to use the seeds, you may strain it, and just use the juice. I like the way they look in the lemon square. If you would like to leave out the passion fruit juice, and just do lemon that is alright as well. These will have be buttery, sweet, tart, and salty!!!!
Different Lemon bar renditions:
Ginger, Lime, blueberry, or strawberry.
You can take a simple dessert and make it your own.
What are the benefits of Passion fruit?
Passion fruit has the ability to prevent cancerous growth, stimulate digestion, boost immune function, improve eyesight, increase skin health, regulate fluid balance in the body, lower blood pressure, boost circulation, and improve bone mineral density. Furthermore, it reduces signs of premature aging, lessens inflammation, improves sleeping habits, and eliminates asthma. These all come from its nutrients, minerals, and the vitamin content of the fruit, which includes antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, fiber, and protein. (*)
Passion Fruit Lemon Squares/Bars
Yield:8-10 Bake: 350°F Crust: 15-25 min Custard: 15-20 Minutes(when the custard is set) Ingredients: Crust: 1/2 Cup Butter (cubed) 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour 1/4 Cup Powder Sugar (Extra fro dusting at the end) 2 Lemon Zest Dash Ginger Powder(less then a Pinch, and less then 1/4 Tsp)Optional Filling: 1 1/2 Cups Sugar 1/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour 3 Eggs 1/4 Tsp Salt 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice 2 Passion Fruit (Fresh) Optional Directions: 1. In a bowl mix by hand all the crust ingredients: Butter, Flour, Powder Sugar, Lemon Zest, Ginger Powder. Meal the butter in-between the palms of your hand (like a biscuit method) until it forms a dough 2. Grease the pan. (10 inch round or rectangle) 3. Press the dough 1 centimeter thick at the bottom of the pan. 4. Bake at 350°F for 15-25 minutes. 5. Let cool for 15 minutes. 6. In another bowl mix together all the Filling ingredients with a whisk. 7. Pour the filling over the crust and bake for 15-20 minutes (until the custard is set). 8. Let cool for 30 minutes in the cooler before cutting them! 9. When ready to serve dust with powder sugar!!