Papaya Bars

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Hola!

I love short weeks..it’s hump day already. Yes!

Yesterday my husband and I did something  we have never done in all the years we’ve been together…we went out. Not to run errands at the store, not to see my parents, not to the library. We actually went out for drinks …during the week. I don’t know about any of you but that is just something we usually do on a Friday or Saturday night. When the kids were young we didn’t go much anywhere during the work/school week so we can devote ourselves to our kids. We hardly went out on the weekends unless it was something for our kids. Now that they are older we are going wild! Just kidding! I had a Groupon that was about to expire and trust me, I wasn’t going to lose on that deal. It was a nice night out and a nice departure from our regular weekday routine.

Who likes papaya? Raise your hand! I love tropical fruits. I feel like that is what summer is all about (kind of!). Sometimes I will buy fruit and of course no one will want to eat it so what do I do? I bake with it.  These bars tasted like summer!

These bars were so good and of course no fruit was wasted!

Papaya Bars

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1 stick) very cold unsalted butter, diced

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • *3/4 cup papaya puree
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons good honey

Topping:
Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare an 8×8 baking dish by buttering it, placing a piece of parchment on the bottom of the dish and then flouring it. Set aside.

2. To the jar of a food processor, add the flour, salt and dark brown sugar. Pulse until combined. Add the cubes of butter and then pulse once more until the mixture resembles a coarse meal with a few larger chunks throughout. Transfer the butter and flour mixture to the prepared baking dish and press firmly so the layer is even. Place in the oven to bake for about 15 minutes, and until the edges are set.

3. Meanwhile, let’s make the filling! To medium bowl, add the sugar, flour and salt, and mix. Whisk in the papaya puree, eggs, lemon juice and honey. The filling should appear glossy and smooth.

4. Pour the filling over the hot crust and transfer back to the oven for a remaining 20-25 minutes. You’ll know the papaya bars are done when the filling appears set. Cool in the pan on a cooling rack until it reaches room temperature.

5. Run a sharp knife along the sides and gently lift the parchment

These bars were even better after hanging out in the fridge for 1-2 days. The papaya flavor was a bit more intensified than right after cooling.

Recipe adapted from acozykitchen

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