Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Lemon Bars

The Good News:
A friend of mine gifted me 5 Meyer lemons.  I love lemons and especially this time of year I just crave citrus.  So with this wonderful gift I made keto lemon bars. I reduced the amount of sweetener I usually use because Meyer lemons are sweeter than regular lemons so you may need to adjust your sweetener if you are using regular lemons. They were tart and sweet and lemony and delicious.

The Bad News:
I'm still not loving this year.  I don't want to name it yet because I am hoping things will turn around but so far this year has pretty much sucked.  This weekend was no exception (well, for Dave because I stayed inside and he did all the outside work).

We have been having really cold weather, like -40, and the air quality in Fairbanks is really bad because of the cold air conversion that keeps all the pollutants down in our valley.  So, when we get really cold there is a no burn alert that is sent out and we can't have a fire in our wood stove.

Well, on Saturday about 2:00pm, I woke up from a nap on the sofa and was under two blankets and I told Dave I was Freezing!  He said he was a little cold too, and went to check the thermostat.  It was 52°F in the house.  He checked the boiler and it was cold and then went to check the fuel level in our fuel tank and we were out of fuel.

Now, I won't name any names, but our fuel company let us run out of fuel.  We are on automatic fill so this never should have happened.  Dave called and left a message on their answering machine, waited an hour and called again.  No call back.  Then he had to go and buy three 5 gallon diesel containers and fill them up and pour them into our tank.  He added about 45 gallons so we could make it through the weekend.  We called again on Sunday morning and never did get a call back.

Monday morning he was at their door when they opened at 8:00 am.  They delivered fuel on Monday.
Well, because the house was cold, I baked.  I made these lemon squares, I made bread for company we had over on Sunday, I baked some cookies for the neighbor, and I made granola to eat with my yogurt this week. The oven always makes the house feel warmer and cozy.

Keto Lemon Bars

1.5 cups almond flour
1/4 cup butter, softened
pinch of salt
1/4 cup powdered Swerve

Lemon Filling:
3 large eggs
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup Boca Sweet, or sweetener of choice
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 Tbsp coconut flour

Preheat oven to 325°F.  Line an 8x8" pan with parchment paper, leaving the sides overhanging to help remove bars after they have baked.

for crust:
mix almond flour, butter, sweetener and salt until mixture is fully mixed and crumbly.  Press into the bottom of the pan.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Remove and set aside.

for Lemon Filling:
in a large bowl, whisk eggs, egg yolks, sweeteners, and salt until eggs become light yellow and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add lemon juice and lemon zest and mix until well combined.  Add coconut flour and mix until just completely combined.  

Pour filling over crust and bake for 25-30 minutes, until mixture is set and just starting to brown.  
Cool in pan.  Once cool, remove from pan with parchment paper.  Set on cutting board and cut into squares.  Makes 12 bars

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January 15, 2020  Sunrise 10:27 am  Sunset 3:33pm  Temp H -9/ L -21°F

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