Monday, July 2, 2012

Fluffy Lemon Brownies

This is not a bar.  This is not a cake.  It's not even really a brownie, but I really can't think of a better description than that.  It really doesn't matter even.  What matters is this:  two ingredients.  Bam!

Stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest and nothing speaks to me more than easy dessert with few ingredients.  I highly suggest actually going to her blog to read all of the comments.  Her recipe was met with very, very mixed success.  I read all of the comments and took what worked the most for others.

You will need:
A box of Angel Food cake mix (best if it's the kind that only has 1 package of mix not 2 you have to combine)
A can of Lemon Pie filling (the 15ish ounce size, if 22 ounce use 3/4 the can)

Utensils you need:
rubber or silicone spatula
jelly roll pan (cookie sheet with sides)

First, you dump the mix and filling in.

  Then you have to stir it together.  This part is important.  DO NOT OVERMIX!  If you over mix your batter a kitten will die.  Okay, maybe not that, but bad things will happen.   Very bad things.  You should stir the batter until you mostly don't see dry cake mix.  It will be very light and fluffy.  If you aren't sure if you stirred it enough you probably should stop stirring.  Mine looked like this:

Lots of big bubbles.  Next spread it in an UNGREASED jelly roll pan or a half sheet cake pan.  I used a half sheet cake pan since I don't have a jelly roll pan.  It was a bit of a stretch in the half sheet pan but it does work.  It looks like the batter is too thin in places.  It will all be okay.  You need to use one of those pans.  Some people who tried it in a cake pan said it rose too much and got all over their oven.  Fun times.  Others said it was too gooey in the middle.

This wonderful creation goes in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Start checking it at 18 minutes depending on your oven.  Let it get just a little bit golden on the top.

Get really fancy with some powdered sugar.

Now here is something else important:  This is not a lemon bar!  It is not gooey!  It has a hint of lemon.  If you like lots of lemon add some juice or zest.

I haven't seen any in the stores but I Google-d and found out they make Key Lime Pie Filling...

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