I love raspberries. Seriously. They are by far my favorite fruit. They are so delicious, sweet, and tart. I could eat them every day if I could. When I first bought the book Baking from My Home to Yours, I spent hours poring over the pages, imagining what it would be like to make some of the recipes. I particularly remember oogling the picture associated with this recipe. White chocolate and raspberry. What a delicious and wonderful pairing. So when I saw that this was the recipe for this week, I was...what do they call it...drooling, I mean, excited.
This week's Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Marthe of Culinary Delights. Be sure to check her site for this yummy recipe.
So have I made it clear that I love raspberries?
Well guess what...no raspberries here. I cannot recall one time when I have ever seen them here. I was/am sooooo disappointed.
But, I decided to buck up and try anyway. I figured, I'll just use a different berry. Strawberries. I've seen them here, so it shouldn't be a problem. Well, it was. No strawberries at the store. So my bars are sadly berryless. But, they still turned out yummy.
I also couldn't find oranges for the orange zest called for, so I went with lime. At first I was really frustrated because I couldn't make it the way I wanted, but then I remembered that lime and white chocolate are like one of my all-time favorite combinations. One of my favorite cheesecakes is this combo, and it's scrumptious. But add some raspberries on top, and you've got a slice of heaven. That's what these bars could have been. Perhaps someday.
But even without the king of all berries, or even any berries, this bars were still quite good. They reminded me less of a brownie and more of a lemon bar. But that could be due to the fact that when I went to cut these up, I realized that the center was not quite done. Ack! I tried sticking them in the oven for a few minutes after they were cut up, but I'm not sure that really worked. (I learned that I really should read the P&Q on the TWD site before making these. Maybe if I had baked them first as suggested, I would have had completely done brownies...but c'est la vie.) But done or not, they tasted good.
TWDers who made this recipe did.
Pregnancy Update: Next week we should be able to find out the sex of our little one...that is, if he or she cooperates!