Yesterday Scott and I met up with a realtor to go look at some properties. In all we looked at four, and none of them were a hit. It was a good experience because the more houses I see the more I am figuring out what I do and do not want. When we got back I set to work on preparing a treat to bring to our friends’ housewarming party.
The benefits of this recipe is that it’s fairly simple and does not need the use of a mixer to make. The first time I attempted it was well before I had my Kitchen Aid mixer, but now that I have one I can’t resist using it.
Definitely make sure you have the right size pan for the recipe and line it properly. The great part of using foil to line is that it reduces pan cleanup later on.
A medium size navel orange was sufficient for providing the full tablespoon of the grated peel. Mixing it into the butter and sugar releases a delicious, citrusy scent into the kitchen.
Since I had gel food coloring and not the liquid variety, I simply added enough until the batter turned a color I preferred. I placed the pan in the freezer for 20 min to make sure it was nice and firm. The purpose of this is to allow the colored layers to stay separated during baking.
While the yellow batter was freezing, I mixed the orange food coloring in and played a little fetch with Aki.
She loves her mousies.
The recipe calls these bars, but it’s really more like a slightly denser cake.
I also only ended up using 1.5 tablespoons of the skim milk to make the frosting which gave it very spreadable but not runny consistency.
I cut the bars with a large knife into small squares instead of the triangles the recipe recommends. This creates more treats for sharing and also allows enjoyment without going overboard. I can’t promise you’ll stop at one though!
Top each treat with a piece of candy corn and arrange on your favorite, holiday-themed platter (which I don’t own, sorry!). These bites have a light orange flavor and for as much sugar as the recipe calls for they are not overly sweet. A perfect dessert to bring to any fall housewarming or Halloween party!
I am happy to say I came home with no leftovers after the party. Enjoy!