On a last minute whim, my best friend K and I got together for an impromptu baking today. With spring coming into full bloom I have been aching to create lemon desserts. A few weeks back I baked a lemon cake for my grandparents.
What I was dying to bake this weekend was a perfect lemon bar. To get the perfect lemon bar, I went to my tried and true America’s Test Kitchen “Baking Illustrated.” I love America’s Test Kitchen. If you want something to turn out perfectly, use their cooking and bake books. They’ve tried absolutely everything for their receipts, making some items up to a thousand times (like their fudge- what an ordeal!)
To balance out the sweetness, K offered to make veggie chili. Even thought chili is a traditional fallish meal, it was perfect- not too spicy and lots of different beans and vegetables.
We chattered and laughed our way through the afternoon. Neither of us had made a traditional lemon curd as ATK bakers instruct us to, so we both tested, stirred, mixed and analyzed the process of making these perfect lemon bars. It was so much fun.
The find of the day was a baking dish for the cornbread shaped in actual stalks of corn. Too fun.
After chili and cornbread, we settled on the couches and chairs and talked some more over colorful cups of coffee and luscious lemon bars. K says she never has met a lemon bar she didn’t like. I’m apt to agree with her, but these bars really were stupendous.
I love a planned out dinner party, whether casual or formal, but there is nothing sweeter than food, conversation and spending an impromptu afternoon with a sweet friend.