The Deen Bros. Lighter Orange Citrus Bars

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

145 Fewer Calories
5 g Less Fat

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs
1 egg white
3 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
Grated zest of 1 large orange
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees. Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with foil, allowing the foil to extend over the pan by 2 inches. Lightly spray with nonstick spray.
Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. Whisk together the eggs and egg white in another small bowl.

To make the crust, with an electric mixer on low speed, beat the butter in a medium bowl until smooth. Add 1/4 cup of the sugar and half of the orange zest and beat until blended. Beat in 1 tablespoon of the egg mixture and 1 teaspoon of water. With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture until blended. Evenly press the dough onto the bottom and 1/4-inch up the sides of the pan.  Bake until the crust is golden, 15 – 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F.

Meanwhile, to make the filling, whisk together the cornstarch and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk in the remaining egg mixture, the remaining orange zest, orange juice, and lemon juice until well blended. Pour over the warm crust.

Bake until the filling is set, 15 – 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 2 hours or overnight. Lift from the pan using the foil as handles. Cut into 12 bars.

Prep Time:  15 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty:  Easy
Servings:  12

Per Serving: 136 Cal; 3 g Protein; 4 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 23 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 13 g Sugar; 14 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 98 mg Sodium; 49 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen: Orange Citrus Bars
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of the Deen Brothers and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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Paula, Miss you and your show SO MUCH!! I pray all is well with you and your family. God's blessings!

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The orange citrus sounds really good!!! You and all your family are amazing!!! I so proud of all the weight you all have lost!! GOD bless!!

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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