Thursday, February 13, 2014

Blood Orange Bars

Blood Orange Bars for Valentine's day.

Here is something you should try before you settle down for chocolate.Sweet,crisp and citrusy. Please your Valentine with something sweet and bite sized that won't make you feel guilty .

 Last year I made MILK FUDGE in the shape of APPLES! Least expected right.. but it was received with a twinkle in the eye :))
So milk/citrus lovers and chocolate haters this way please :)
This recipe is much inspired by the ever popular lemon bar.It is surprisingly sweet and less tangy than you would expect it to be.If you are new to these bars I can say the top fruit filling part is soft and sweet and the base is crisp.If blood orange is not available you can make with orange,lemon, grapefruit or any other fruit of your choice that has nice color.
These bars are very easy to make, ideal for baking beginners.

I have used the juice of  3 medium blood oranges

Ingredients: (16 medium squares)
For the crust:
All purpose flour - 1 1/4 cup
Powdered sugar - 1/4 cup
Butter- 1 stick at room temperature

For the filling :
Sweet and condensed milk - 1/2 of 14 oz can
Fresh Blood orange juice- 1/2 -2/3 cup
Lemon zest - a pinch
Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
All purpose flour -1/2 tbsp
Red food coloring - (optional) (I added 3 drops)
Salt - a small pinch (optional)

Confectioners sugar as needed

1.Preheat oven to 350 F and line an 8 x 8 baking dish with aluminium foil (leave some extra to the side so u can pull out the bar once it is baked )
2.In  a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients for crust and mix together with ladle or hand until it forms a dough.Spread the the dough evenly inside the baking dish (if it is sticky dust ur hands with flour)and press firmly and even it with the back of a ramekin.Bake it for 20 minutes.Let it cool for a few minutes.
3.In another bowl mix all the filling ingredients just until combined.
4.Pour it onto the baked crust and continue baking for another 25 minutes until the filling is set but soft on touching.
5.Let it cool for 30 minutes in room temp then 2 hours in the fridge.(Do not be tempted to cut before this:))
6.Cut into large bars and dust it with confectioners sugar (I skipped it)

while cutting the bars it can crumble so take a large cutting knife dip it in boiling hot water  wipe and cut repeat for every cut for neat edges.
Do not stack it without powdered/confectioners sugar coating as it tends to stick.

Sorry, I made it a pictorial post ..well the intention is by the end of it either you will run away from the post or make up your mind and make the bars for your loved one a.s.a.p. Hopefully you will stick with the latter decision :)

Ok finally I got to take a bite !

Hope to hear from you lovely people out there.


Here are the links to other awesome Valentine's Day desserts  from Food Network friends.
Jeanette's Healthy Living: Quinoa Fudge Brownies
Feed Me Phoebe: Salted Caramel Budino with Whipped Cream
In Jennie's Kitchen: Milk Chocolate Brownies
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: A Chocolate Fondue Party
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Blood Orange Bars
Dishing with Divya: Carrot Halwa
Virtually Homemade: Raspberry Grand Marnier Mascarpone Hand Pies 
Devour: 5 Bread Pudding Recipes for Valentine's Day
Weelicious: Puff Pastry Berry Hearts
Red or Green: Hot Chocolate, New Mexican Style
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Chocolate Cake Brownies (Refined Sugar-Free)
Food for 7 Stages of Life: S'mores on a Stick
Tasting With The Eyes: Puff au Chocolat avec Fraises, Basilic, Fleur de Sel
The Sensitive Epicure: Nutella Panna Cotta
Haute Apple Pie: Valentine Cake Pops
FN Dish: DIY Chocolate Desserts for Valentine's Day


  1. Lovely bars Meena....Yummy treat, perfect for Valentine's day.... wishing u a very Happy Valentine's day... :)

    For me, this post was not at all an overdose of pics... Loved going through it ... just that every pic raised my craving to a higher level.

  2. Wow.. The colour just caught my eyes.... Happy Valentine's Day

  3. This is an interesting combination!!! It looks perfect for V-day treat!!

  4. Beautiful and yummy bars...Would be perfect for valentine's day ♥ The color from those oranges is amazing dear ♥

  5. Brilliant capture - love the vibrant colour of these sweet treats...a very happy valentine's day :)

  6. i would love to grab it straight away ..soooo goood ....def a pleaser n easy recipe ...

  7. wow lovely captures and fantastic bars dear :) perfect Vday treat !! loving the color a lot !!

  8. Looks perfect and yummy bars. visit my space in your free time.
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  9. this is truely a brilliant way to treat the valentine.... awesome snaps Meena

  10. They look gorgeous Meena... Lovely :-) I don;t like blood orange so would give this try with orange

  11. Just simply stunning, By the way the bars appears, it should and I'm sure heavenly. Happy Valentine's day.

  12. wonderful pictures..awesome name...

  13. lovely yummy bars. Nice vibrant coloured sweets.

  14. Happy Valentines day Meena.. n wat a way to treat dear Hubby.. good good.Going back again to stare at ur first pic.. they r tooo gud..
    Have never seen this variety orange

  15. yummy and colorful bars...yummy capture too...

  16. yummy bars,i love the oranges click and bars too.

  17. O My! how beautiful n seems to be yummy too! Kurachu ingoteku parcel cheyuuuneeee...! ;) Happy v day

  18. lovely bars are awesome dear ... happy valentine's day :)

  19. What an eye catching pic the first one is. ...always admire your photography skills Meena...first I scroll down to see all your clicks. ..then go back to read the recipe. Ithu kalakki...loved the vibrant mood it creates.

  20. enta meena kuttiye, ente parcel ethu vare ethiyillallo??? :( :P The bars look so awesome, love the color of it... yummm....

  21. Delicious bars and so beautiful pics, the first pic is awesome!

  22. Lovely colored bars Meena and I would love to get my hands on some blood oranges and try these.

  23. looks so awesome usual lovely clicks :)

  24. what more innovative, cud u come up, this year ! perfect ! sorry, evidae ethiyappo kurachu late aayittoo...loved this years, and last years treat too !!!


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