Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Luscious Black-Berry Topped "Grapefruit N Lime" Squares

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I love Greek Lemon Squares or any citrus squares for that matter. With its crumbly cookie-like crust and jelly-like topping its a perfect little dessert with a tangy note. Awesome with a cup of tea or a nice finish to a perfect meal. Last week I bought half a dozen grapefruits to make some grapefruit squares, an equally refreshing and eye-catching alternative to Lemon Squares.Recipe adapted from this recipe that is our family's favorite summer dessert. I made this for a get together last week and it got two thumbs-up. Lovely dessert with citrus fruits and berries, no?
Please read the "Notes" if planning on trying this at home.This goes to "The Bake-off" event held at The Versatile Kitchen.

For the Crust:
  • Butter - 2 sticks(1 cup), at room temperature
  • Light Brown Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour - 2 cups
  • A pinch of salt
For the Filling:
  • Eggs - 4, at room temperature, whisked
  • Grapefruit Juice - 2/3 cup
  • Lime Juice - 1 tbsp
  • Grapefruit Zest - 1 tbsp
  • Lime Zest - 1 tbsp
  • All purpose flour - 3 tbsp
  • Condensed Milk - 1/4 cup
  • Granulated Sugar - 1 1/2 cup
  • Red food Coloring - 3 drops (Optional)
  • Confectioner's Sugar - for dusting (Optional)
  • Black Berries - a handful, for Topping (Optional)
  • 9 X 13 inch Oven-Proof baking pan
  • Combine all the ingredients under "For the Crust" in a food processor and pulse until they resemble a coarse meal.
  • Pat the mixture on the bottom of the greased oven-proof baking pan and bake it for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  • While the crust is baking, combine the whisked eggs, both the juices, zest, all-purpose flour, condensed milk using a hand mixer or whisk.
  • Add the sugar little by little and mix until they dissolve.
  • Warm the filling mixture in a sauce pan on low flame(Gas Mark 4 or 5), STIRRING CONSTANTLY using a whisk for 8 minutes. No more no less.
  • Switch off stove and add red coloring if using. Mix gently and pour it on the top of the warm crust.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees F or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let it rest for 10-15 minutes and REFRIGERATE for 4-5 hours prior to cutting into squares.
  • Top each square with blackberries or dust them with confectioner's sugar just before serving.
  • Serve slightly cold. 
Makes ~25 to 30 squares

  • For a "clean cut" of the squares they have to be REALLY cold.
  • Use a big butcher's knife rather than pizza roller(like me) to avoid dragging the filling.
  • Lining the pan with parchment with the edges longer than the sides of the pan helps easy removal of the bars. Just lift them out when they are really cold using the drapes as handles.
  • Cut them into squares after removing from the pan.
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  1. WOW!!!! Undoubtedly luscious!!!! Very tempting..... Lovely capture too....


  2. These bars sound really great and refreshing. I must give them a try.

  3. Wowww citrus flavoured squares looks absolutely catchy and tempting..beautiful presentation CL..

  4. Lassie, I am always surprised by your creations. Gr8 job :)

  5. wonderful looking dessert for the combinations of fruits used...:)

  6. மிக அருமையாக இருக்கு,எனக்கு கொஞ்சம் பார்சல் பண்ணுங்க....

  7. Delicious lemon squares.Wonderful presentation.

  8. wow thats a cool and light dessert in tht citrus flavor....gorgeous clicks....lovely color and bful presentation...thanks for sharing

  9. These squares look so fresh and yumm... A gorgeous looking dish :)

  10. So colorful lassie..Beautiful click and decor..

    Kairali sisters

  11. these look fantastic. very summery n fresh , though not a big fan of grapefruit....

  12. luscious is the perfect word is hould say...

  13. What a lovely colour...perfect squares..yummy yummy.

  14. This is beautiful dessert, and a great summer citrus bar.

  15. Wow.. the color is so tempting and so is the dish. The crust and the custard like layer together.. oh my god.. its way toooooo tempting. :) parcel me some plzzzz :)

  16. ces carrés sont extrêmement appétissants et très alléchants, la réalisation est superbe, j'aime beaucoup
    bonne soirée

  17. WOW!! What a fabulous dessert! Am drooling over the first picture..

  18. Looks absolutely scrumptious. Love it. beautiful presentation.

  19. This looks delicious Lassi! Great post.
    Have a wonderful day!

  20. Dessert looks delicious and yummy nice presentation and beautiful clicks.

  21. wow wow splendida questa ricetta!!! complimenti! ciao!

  22. this is absolutely delicious! very attractive presentation too.

  23. These bars look awesome. Thanks for the entry.

  24. Superb and tempting! great clicks too:-)

  25. Magnifique. une vraie gourmandise.
    A bientôt.

  26. I like lemon bars...nice idea of using healthy grapefruit and making these bars even more tastier...looks fantastic :)

  27. What a lovely presentation dear! I'm grabbing mine! ;)

  28. Yum, these squares are totally tempting! And I love the smoothie with nutella in your previous post - hope you will submit it for the 5 star makeover, it's definitely a good one :)

  29. OMG such an eye catching recipe!!! I' drolling over the clicks...Lovely presentation

    Hamaree Rasoi

  30. I love grapefruit. This would be the perfect dessert for me.

  31. Delicious looking squares,gorgeous color and the click is amazing.

  32. this is so cool, I write a blog for a FL citrus grower can I feature it ?

    rebeccasubbiah at yahoo dot com

    will take lots of pics and try and blog watch my blog next week from Turkey lol Rebecca

  33. Tempting and mouthwatering squares. Love the flavor citrus fruits in bakes.

  34. Tempting and mouthwatering squares. Love the flavor citrus fruits in bakes.

  35. These look so good , I'll look forward for more if I'm being served some

  36. That is very pretty dear.. I am making souvlaki tonight, be great to have some of this!

  37. Dear Lassie
    How are you?
    Very nice one ,,,but will never be able to make it :-(
    I am still in Delhi, chilling ( I mean heating , temp is 44 deg C )
    Have a nice day

  38. that looks just beautiful!! really great

  39. Love the intense citrus punch in the bars :D

  40. The dessert looks fantastic.. nice idea of serving the bar over the grapefruit plating.. it looks damn good. yummy and looks very tempting with bright photography!!!

  41. Looks lovely and very beautiful pictures.

  42. Dear Nallini,

    Thank You for entering the Bake Up Summer Sweets Contest. I hope you are given the opportunity to own a new KitchenAid mixer so you can whip up your black-berry squares recipe with ease.
    Thank You and Good Luck!
    The Beso Team

  43. luscious and tempting squares.great to beat the heat.

  44. These look great... love the colors n nice photo...

  45. this looks too tempting! look at those perfect squares, they are the perfect treats!


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