Minnesota Cooking: Raspberry/Lemonade Bars the Lazy Way
It's almost cheating, it's so easy to make. People will think you spent hours and hours. They might even call you clever.
At any rate, these bars are scrumptious. All you need is a box of Betty Crocker White cake mix. I suppose the brand doesn't matter at all. You could probably use a generic store brand if you prefer. I won't judge you. [smile]
Let's see, you'll need two eggs, half a cup of oil and a tablespoon of vanilla flavoring. I used Canola oil, but I doubt the flavor would change much with vegetable oil. We just use a lot of Canola oil in our house. They claim it's good for you, unless you heat it.... [smile]
You will need a pan to put your bars in. I used a 9 x 13 metal baking pan.
I used a large Pyrex mixing cup for my bowl. No reason for it, just did. Put cake mix, eggs, oil and vanilla in the bowl and stir until it's all mixed together. About 50 strokes. I used a wooden spoon.
It becomes very smooth when it is ready to use. Almost stretchy.
Divide your dough in half and put half in your baking dish. Spread it over the bottom of the pan and place the pan in the oven, at 350 for about 5 minutes. Just long enough to convince that dough that it is going to be crust, and not cake.
Show it who is boss, I say.
Open your pie fillings and spread the two cans of pie filling on your baked crust.
I used Mixed Berry and Lemon Crème. I was looking for Raspberry Pie filling, but it must be a seasonal flavor and none of the grocery stores had any. So, I settled for Mixed Berry. It will work for this just fine.
Now that you have your pie fillings spread out across the pan, now take a small spoon and put glops on the pie filling. Space them out, like you do when you make cookies. Leave spaces between the glops.
In fact, put them across the surface of the pie filling, first, then, if you have more then, throw them on wherever. They will expand a little, but there will be pie filling around each ball, like little islands in a sea of colored water.
I should have named this dish the Hawaiian Islands Fruit Dessert, but I did not.
Bake this treat in a 350 degree oven for at least 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. I thought 22 minutes would be sufficient, but I ended up adding time since the top glops were still a little white.
You want your cake mix to be cooked correctly.
After you take this out of the oven, you must let it cool.
It will settle because it is a bar recipe and not a cake. That is okay.
Then, eat - and enjoy.
Let me know how yours turns out!
Oh, and before I forget to mention this; this recipe was my husbands idea. I like to drink Raspberry Lemonade when I go out to eat, and he thought these bars would be amazing, plus simple.
And, of course, I have to pat him on the back for being supportive of my writing endeavors.
Way to go, Jim!!!
Yah. You might think it funny, or odd that I include a photo of my pot holders.
Well. When you initially bake that first crust and you remove it from the oven, you use potholders so you don't burn your fingers.
And, when you are spreading your pie filling across said baked crust, REMEMBER that your pan is still pretty hot and, well.... you know.
Just don't burn yourself, like I tried to do.