Tonight the RV park we are currently living in is having a potluck Christmas Dinner! The management is providing the turkey ('cause who can roast a turkey in an RV??), the stuffing and the gravy. We RVers will provide the rest. There are about 10 rigs of various sizes and styles in the park here at the moment. There are also a few cabins which people stay full-time in, so we should be a nice sized group tonight!
When I went to sign up for my share, most of the usual Christmas dinner side dishes were already covered. But, a green salad was still available, so I put our name down for that, and a dessert. You can never have enough desserts!
I decided to make one of my personal favourites -Lemon Bars! At this time of year we eat so many goodies, lots of them chocolate or tarts. I thought this nice zesty bar might be a bit of a change from the usual Christmas cookies!
Baking in the RV has been bit of a challenge so far. The oven is propane heated and the element is on the bottom of the oven only. Things have to be watched carefully so they don't burn on the bottom. I had read on several RV sites that using a pizza stone under the oven rack helps to disburse the heat more evenly. Trying to find one that would fit into the tiny 15" x 13" oven was another issue. I had found some on Amazon, both round and rectangular, but the price tag was pretty steep for something I am sure is going to break at some point if I forget to remove it from the oven before we hitch up the trailer to move. I have a large one at home at the Little Shack, but like I said...large. I was telling my Mom about it and she said she had one that might work. Low and behold it did!! It is a rectangular one that fits into the oven perfectly! Today is my first try at using it!
So far, it's working beautifully! The bars took a few minutes longer than the recipe suggests, but they aren't burning!
I doubled the recipe and used a cookie tray, which is a smaller size than what most people probably have due to it needing to fit into my tiny oven. I even needed to use a pair of pliers to bend up the handle end on the 2 trays I bought so they would fit into the oven! Worked great though!
Here's the recipe...
(click here for a printable version)
This recipe makes 16 -1 x 1 inch bars.
Grease and line with parchment paper, a 9 X 9 inch cake pan. The parchment paper will allow you to lift the whole thing out of the pan to cut it into squares easily.
Preheat your oven to 350F.
In a medium sized bowl mix~
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
Use a fork to create a crumbly dough.
Press the dough into the lined pan, covering the bottom. Bake for 10 minutes. The edges will begin to brown a bit.
While the crust is baking, using the same bowl (no need to wash) mix these ingredients~
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 Tbsp. flour
Whisk together well. When the crust is done, pour this over the crust and put back into the oven for 20-25 minutes. The lemon mixture will become firm when it is done.
Let it cool for at least 30 minutes before you remove it from the pan. Lift it out of the pan using the edges of the parchment paper and place on a cutting board. Allow it to cool completely and then cut into bars (1 x 1 inch for 16 servings). Sprinkle a little icing sugar over the bars after you set them on a serving plate for the finishing touch!