The first recipe was one I had pinned ages ago and was sure would flop because it just seemed too good to be true: Two Ingredient Lemon Bars. Basically you take a box of angel food cake mix and a can of lemon pie filling, mix them together and bake for 20 minutes. These came out gooey and delicious, though not exactly "bars" since they were so sticky and gooey. (Not that I'm complaining!) Amy, Michelle and I basically just ate them right out of the pan, anyway.
|In case you're wondering about this weird-looking thing - it's the "All-Edge Brownie Pan!"|
The second recipe I tried was one I thought would flop only because it sounded CRAZY delicious and I have a history of choosing recipes that sound great in theory but end up being really weird. Fortunately, I was wrong again! This Raspberry Lime Tart came out just as CRAZY DELICIOUS as it sounded. The recipe said you could use graham crackers or gingersnap cookies for the crust, so obviously I decided to go with the gingersnaps because it sounded just strange enough to work. (Side note: I also love that I finally found a dessert recipe that uses Greek yogurt and isn't weird or terrible! Still not exactly a healthy dessert, what with the butter, sugar, and cream cheese, though.)
I personally didn't like the gingersnap crust as much as I think I'd like a graham (or maybe Oreo) crust, only because I love the lime/raspberry flavor combo so much, and I felt like the gingersnaps kind of distracted from that. But my trusty taste-testers (Amy and Michelle) said they liked it just the way it was! I think next time I'll try a different crust and also add more lime juice for some extra sourness.
It had been so long since I'd cooked or baked anything, I was definitely not expecting TWO success stories in one night! Here's hoping the trend continues. Pretty soon I'll be ready to check off one of my Thirty Before 30 items: homemade lemon meringue pie!