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Blood Orange Bars

I have been wanting to make all sorts of different citrus bars ever since I made lemon bars. I didn’t get around to doing that until yesterday. I was at the store and saw all these lovely blood oranges begging to be used. I brought them home and decide I would make these delicious bars. I know it’s obviously not the most original idea but it was darn tasty 🙂 I just adapted my usual lemon bar recipe to include blood orange juice instead of lemon juice. I did notice that the bars did not set up as firm as a traditional lemon bar, but I think a few more tweaks and it will be perfect. I also think a little lime juice would be delicious if introduced to the party. Next time I will definitely give that a whirl 🙂 Enjoy!!!

Blood Orange Bars:

Crust:
1 stick unsalted butter – room temperature
1/4 C. powdered sugar
1 C. all purpose flour
1/8 t. salt

Filling:
1 C. white sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 C. fresh blood orange juice
1 T. grated orange zest
2 T. all purpose flour

Topping:
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place rack in center of oven.

Grease 8×8 pan with non stick spray or butter.

For Crust: In the bowl of your electric mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour and salt and beat until the dough just comes together. Press into the bottom of your greased pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool while you make the filling.

For Filling: In your electric mixer beat the sugar and eggs until nice and smooth. Add the blood orange juice and zest and stir to combine. Fold in the flour. Pour the filling over the shortbread crust and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the filling is set. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

To Serve: Cut into squares and dust with powdered sugar. These are best eaten the day they are made but can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for a day or two.

Source: Adapted from Joy of Baking

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22 responses »

  1. This is beautiful! The blood oranges look so pretty. They are not that easy to find here in the UK, but i do have loads of clementines, maybe i can try that.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    *kisses* HH

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  2. Fantastic bars!! I love blood oranges. I need to get me some ASAP.

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  3. The blood oranges are so pretty, gorgeous pics! The bars sound super delicious!

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  4. Delicious as always. Nice adaptation of a classic recipe.
    Mimi

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  5. I love your change up to a traditional recipe. Blood oranges have such wonderful flavor, I bet it was delish! The photo is so pretty.

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  6. I’ve never had blood oranges! I need to buy some.

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  7. i would totally prefer these to lemon bars! even though regular oranges don’t thrill me, there’s something about a blood orange that just tastes right to me. 🙂

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  8. What a great thing to do with blood oranges! Mmmmm, those photos look delectable!!!

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  9. Those look wonderful! Blood oranges always look so…sexy? LOL.

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  10. I love your creative use of blood oranges. Looks perfect!

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  11. Great idea using blood oranges instead of lemons! This looks incredible!

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  12. Wow these look so yummy! I think I’ll go make some right now! 🙂

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  13. Blood oranges are so gorgeous! These sound delightful!

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  14. Yum… These look great. I love the beautiful color of the blood oranges.

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  15. These look scrumptious! What a great idea to use those gorgeous oranges. So refreshing.

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  16. I’m going to make your apple pie bars for the Babies’ b-day party next weekend. I had been stewing over what to make and saw Mimi’s daughter’s re-make and it was like the angels were singing and the sun broke through the clouds…the drool fell on the keyboard.

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  17. Great idea and they look and they look so delicious!!!

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  18. These look delightful – and aren’t blood oranges gorgeous?

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  19. Aren’t snuggling critters the greatest?

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  20. well they look geat an i have some big lemons an been waiting for a recipe,cuz i dont have any for lemons…but going to make the bloodoranges also..tys dear…luv auntie lyn..

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