April 14, 2015

Lemon Raspberry Jam Bars

Lemon Berry Jam Bars

Spring and summer entertaining season is on the horizon and that means one thing: showers. As in, baby showers, bridal showers, and engagement showers. So many showers! I personally love showers of all kinds and have thrown quite a few myself. In doing so I’ve learned a few things along the way as well. First: have a standby menu. It is best to have a few standards you can riff on: chicken salad, quiche, punches, bon bons, and a solid dessert nibble. For a baby shower you might do a big cake too, but I find having a bite size dessert on hand is always an good idea. Which is where my Lemon Raspberry Jam bars come in.

These little treats are a riff on my all-time favorite lemon bars. They are a cinch to make and look very elegant on the table. They springy color and flavor also make them perfect to serve this time of year. I even take the worry out of cooking the eggs by using Davidson’s Safest Choice® Eggs. They are pasteurized in an all-natural, gentle water bath pasteurization process to eliminate the risk of Salmonella. Using Davidson’s really gives me piece of mind knowing I’ll be serving expectant mothers and, possibly, small children.

To make these party perfect dust them with a generous amount of confectioners’ sugar and cut them into tiny squares. I’ve always found that the smaller the squares the more elegant the dessert looks. Then set them on a pretty platter and position them right next to the cake. I can guarantee you that everyone will reach for at least one, if not more.