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Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares

These Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares are a fresh & bright dessert!  Made with a tender and buttery shortbread crust, and topped with a delicious homemade grapefruit curd.  So good.

Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares

Earlier this spring I made a batch of Lemon Shortbread Squares, and after I took my first bite I knew I had to make them again.  The lemon was so good, so I thought different citrus curds would also be great, so this time I decided to make these squares with grapefruit curd.  And yes, they are as delicious as you can imagine!

Grapefruit Curd

The grapefruit curd is perfect with the buttery shortbread…fresh, bright and so full of flavour.  These squares turned out as good as I had hoped. Now I  want to try them with oranges and limes!

Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares

Not only are these squares delicious, but they’re really easy to make too.  If you have about an hour of time, you can have these out of the oven and ready to serve.  In fact, the hardest thing about making these squares for me, was being left alone with them until everyone got home from work and school!  The temptation is real y’all.  I have a reaaaaaal hard time resisting the shortbread crust on these little bites of heaven.

Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares

I actually can’t say enough about how much I love the shortbread cookie base on this square.  It’s everything I ever wanted in a shortbread…it’s tender, sweet, buttery and so perfect.  It is definitely going to be my go to base for any tarts I make going forward.Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares

 

I hope you love these Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares as much as we do!

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Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Yield: 12 squares

Description

These Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares are a fresh & bright dessert!  Made with a tender and buttery shortbread crust, and topped with a delicious homemade grapefruit curd.  So good.


Ingredients

Grapefruit Curd:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • juice from 1/2 grapefruit (about 1/4 cup)
  • zest from 1/2 grapefruit

Shortbread:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp butter, at room temperature

Instructions

Grapefruit Curd:

  1. Make the grapefruit curd first.
  2. In a saucepan whisk together the sugar and the egg until smooth.
  3. Stir in the melted butter, fresh grapefruit juice, and grapefruit zest, and cook on low-medium heat, whisking often.
  4. Whisk and cook until the grapefruit curd glaze thickens, about 15 – 20 minutes.

Shortbread Crust:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, making sure to leave some overhang so you can pull the square easily out once it’s done baking.
  3. In a bowl whisk together the flour, sugar and salt.
  4. Add the butter, and with a pasty cutter or your hands, work the butter into the flour until it is a crumbly dough.
  5. Then press the dough into the baking pan.
  6. Put the pan into the freezer for about 10 minutes to make the dough firm.
  7. Then bake the dough for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and spread on the grapefruit curd, making sure to leave a border about a 1/2 inch wide.
  9. Return the square to the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  10. Let the baked square cool for at least 20 minutes, then using the parchment overhang lift it out of the pan and cut into squares.

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Grapefruit Curd Recipe

This fresh and bright Grapefruit Curd is a delicious addition to many desserts, ice cream or even toast!  My favourite way to enjoy it is on my Grapefruit Shortbread Squares! (recipe for that coming soon)

Over the years I’ve made many many batches of delicious lemon curd…for tarts, shortbread squares or just to drizzle on scones or even ice cream.  It’s really so good.  And I’ve always wondered, if I love lemon curd so much, what would a grapefruit or even orange curd taste like?  I had to try, and am I ever glad I did.  Grapefruit curd is delicious.

Grapefruit Curd Recipe

Grapefruit curd is tangy yet sweet.  It’s flavour is as bright and fresh as the curd itself.  So so good.

But let’s talk for a minute about the colour of the grapefruit curd.  I have always seen pictures of grapefruit curds being the same pink colour as the inside of the grapefruit, like the ones I have in my pictures here.  But I’m here to tell you that is not the colour the curd turns out like.  In real life the curd is actually only slightly more pink than what you see in my pictures (it’s hard to capture in an image), but it is definitely not bright pink like so many recipes lead you to believe it is…my belief is that the only way grapefruit curds are bright pink is if someone has added food colouring to them.  And I’m just not into that.  I do think though, if the grapefruits you use are really really pink, then your curd will be slightly more pink than the one I made here.  Anyway, I thought it was something I would mention in case you are surprised by the colour of this curd.

Grapefruit Curd Recipe

I made this batch of grapefruit curd specifically for these Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares.  But it can be used as a spread on scones for tea time, or as a tart filling, or even drizzled over ice cream.  I bet it would be delicious with crepes too!  Really, the possibilities are endless.

Grapefruit Curd Recipe

What I do know for sure is that if you love grapefruit, then you’ll love this.

Grapefruit Curd Recipe

So far I’ve made lemon curd, grapefruit curd, and next up on my list…orange curd.  Yum!  Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Grapefruit Curd Recipe


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: approximately 3/4 cup

Description

This fresh and bright Grapefruit Curd is a delicious addition to many desserts, ice cream or even toast!  My favourite way to enjoy it is on my Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares!


Ingredients

Grapefruit Curd:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • juice from 1/2 grapefruit (about 1/4 cup)
  • zest from 1/2 grapefruit

Instructions

Grapefruit Curd:

  1. In a saucepan whisk together the sugar and the egg until smooth.
  2. Stir in the melted butter, fresh grapefruit juice, and grapefruit zest, and cook on low-medium heat, whisking often.
  3. Whisk and cook until the grapefruit curd glaze thickens, about 15 – 20 minutes.

Use this grapefruit curd to make these Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares!

Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares

Have a delicious day!

Delicious Homemade Sheet Cake Recipes

A delicious collection of Homemade Sheet Cake Recipes.  Perfect for parties, potlucks and large gatherings!

I love making sheet cakes.  There’s just something so easy about a cake baked in one layer, and that you don’t have to decorate with elaborate icing.  Just a simple spread of icing does the trick and takes off so much of the pressure of baking cakes.  But I also love sheet cakes because they’re easy to transport, so you can take them to parties and potlucks.  And they’re also really easy to serve. Sheet cakes really are the most convenient of all cakes to make.

Over the years I’ve made quite a few sheet cakes in my home, and have shared many of them with you.  So I thought it would be a great idea to put them all into one easily accessible spot for you.  And as I make more, I’ll just update this post with the new recipes…so make sure you PIN this post for later!

So let’s get started…there are some really delicious cakes here.  Tender, sweet and crowd pleasing!

Carrot Cake Sheet Cake Recipe

Carrot Cake Sheet Cake Recipe

This Carrot Cake Sheet Cake Recipe with a Cream Cheese Frosting is tender, sweet and so delicious!  What I love most about this recipe, besides how tasty it is, is that this cake is made with a lot less oil than many other carrot cake recipes.

Hummingbird Sheet Cake Recipe

Hummingbird Sheet Cake Recipe

This Hummingbird Sheet Cake Recipe tastes like bananas and cinnamon and subtle pineapple all wrapped up in a moist and so very delicious cake.  With the cream cheese icing it’s a show stopper!

Banana Bread Sheet Cake Recipe

Banana Bread Sheet Cake Recipe

This Banana Bread Sheet Cake Recipe so delicious!  I love being able to use up old bananas and create a delicious and tender sheet cake that’s perfect for snacking.  You can even make a cream cheese frosting for it and serve it as a birthday cake.

Raisin Oatmeal Sheet Cake Recipe

Raisin Oatmeal Sheet Cake Recipe

This Raisin Oatmeal Sheet Cake Recipe is a family favourite.  It’s moist, cinnamon-y and oat-y.  It’s great as a breakfast or snack cake.  I will often take this cake to friends and family when we visit for the weekend.

Chocolate Zucchini Sheet Cake Recipe

Chocolate Zucchini Sheet Cake Recipe

This Chocolate Zucchini Sheet Cake Recipe would make a great birthday cake!  I usually make the recipe in the form of loaves, but it would be perfect as a sheet cake as well. If you want to bake it as a sheet cake, prepare a 9×13 pan, and bake for about 50 minutes.  So good.

Stay tuned for more delicious sheet cake recipes coming your way!  I plan to add vanilla sheet cake, chocolate sheet cake, zucchini sheet cake and funfetti sheet cake recipes soon.

Have a delicious day!

Zoodle Noodle Spaghetti Dinner Bowl

This Zoodle Noodle Spaghetti Dinner Bowl is a fresh and delicious dinner idea that can be on your table in less than 30 minutes!

I love zucchini noodles, or zoodles as people now like to call them.  Ever since I got a spiralizer a few years ago, I’ve made zoodles many times for dinner…and I can’t believe I haven’t shared them with you before now! I just think they’re so delicious and a nice alternative to pasta sometimes.  I like that they’re light, fresh and pair really well with pasta sauce.

Zoodle Noodle Spaghetti Dinner Bowl

I think what I like most about zoodles is how light I feel after I eat them instead of pasta.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE spaghetti noodles and will never stop eating them, it’s just that sometimes I want something a little lighter for dinner.

Zoodle Noodle Spaghetti Dinner Bowl

Oftentimes I will make both zoodles and regular noodles for dinner so we can have a bit of both…and also truthfully because I don’t have complete zoodle buy-in from the kids yet hahaha!  They like zoodles, but have yet to see them as an alternative to pasta.  But I love them and could eat them all day errrrrrrday  😉

Zoodle Noodle Spaghetti Dinner Bowl

Zoodle Noodle Spaghetti Dinner Bowl

I also like to serve zoodles and sauce with protein rich cheese like cottage cheese or ricotta cheese, to make a more rounded meal.  This is something I’ve always done on spaghetti night ever since my kids were babies…they don’t even know spaghetti doesn’t come without cottage cheese hahaha

Anyway, I hope you try this simple and delicious dinner idea, and enjoy it as much as we do!

 

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Zoodle Noodle Spaghetti Dinner Bowl


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Description

This Zoodle Noodle Spaghetti Dinner Bowl is a fresh and delicious dinner idea that can be on your table in less than 30 minutes!


Ingredients

Zoodles:

  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper

Toppings:


Instructions

Zoodles:

  1. Using a spiralizer, make zoodles with the zucchini.
  2. In skillet over low to medium heat, melt the butter and add the olive oil.
  3. Add the zoodles, and cook until tender, but still crunchy.

Sauce:

  1. If you are making sauce from scratch, make the sauce before you cook the zoodles.
  2. If you are using a jar of sauce, heat it up.

Putting it all together:

  1. Serve the sauce over the zoodles.
  2. Serve with cottage cheese or ricotta cheese and/or parmesan cheese.

More delicious bowl recipes:

Greek Chicken Bowl

Greek Chicken Bowl

Mexican Bowl Recipe

Mexican Bowl Recipe

Coconut Lime Grilled Turkey Noodle Bowl

Coconut Lime Grilled Turkey Noodle Bowl

Salad Roll Bowl with Peanut Dressing

Salad Roll Bowl with Peanut Dressing

Have a delicious day!

Greek Chicken Bowl

Greek Chicken Bowl

This Greek Chicken Bowl Recipe is a fun, delicious and healthy dinner idea!  Serve everything buffet style so everyone can create their own dinner bowl.

I’m back with another delicious and easy bowl recipe!  Yesterday I shared my Mexican Bowl Recipe, and today I’m sharing a Greek Chicken Bowl which is my favourite.  I love Greek salad so this bowl hits the spot!  Real food.  Real ingredients.  And really easy to make.

Greek Chicken Bowl

Aside from being SO delicious, I think one of the best things about these dinner bowls is how easy they are to make.  You can’t go wrong with fresh ingredients and a self-serve style of dinner.  The kids love to scoop out all of their own toppings, and I love watching them each create their own meal.  And I also love that it’s healthy and they don’t really even realize it because it’s so good.

Greek Chicken Bowl

These bowls are made with flavourful marinated Greek chicken, cooked orzo, fresh grape tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, bell pepper, olives, chickpeas, and feta cheese, all drizzled with tzatziki sauce and Greek dressing.  So good.

Greek Chicken Bowl

And if you really want to save time with this recipe, you can buy pre-marinated Greek chicken from the grocery store like I did!  I’m all for shortcuts like this.  But if you want to marinate your own chicken, I’ve given you the link in the recipe, to my delicious Greek chicken marinade.

Greek Chicken Bowl

Don’t forget to add the crumbled feta cheese like I did when I took these pictures!  As we were about to dig in for dinner, my daughter asked where the feta cheese was!  ARG.  I forgot to add it for the pictures…but at least I didn’t forget before I finished off my bowl!  🙂  Enjoy.

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Greek Chicken Bowl

Greek Chicken Bowl


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Description

This Greek Chicken Bowl Recipe is a fun, delicious and healthy dinner idea!  Serve everything buffet style so everyone can create their own dinner bowl.

Recipe Shortcut Tip: To save time, buy pre-marinated Greek chicken breasts from your grocery store.


Ingredients

Greek Chicken:

  • 4 – 5 chicken breasts, marinated in a Greek marinade (or buy them pre-marinated)

Orzo:

  • 1 cup dried orzo
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups water

Greek Bowl:

  • 1 – 2 cups sliced grape tomatoes
  • 1 – 2 cups sliced cucumbers
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • crumbled feta cheese
  • lemon wedges

Dressings:

  • tzatziki
  • Greek salad dressing

Instructions

Greek Chicken:

  1. Make a Greek marinade, or use a Greek Salad dressing to marinate your chicken.  Let them marinate for at least 3 hours, or even overnight.  Recipe Shortcut Tip: buy pre-marinated Greek chicken breasts from your grocery store.
  2. After the chicken has marinated, grill them until the chicken is no longer pink.
  3. Slice the cooked chicken into pieces for serving.

Orzo:

  1. While the chicken is cooking, you can make the orzo.
  2. In a saucepan over low to medium heat, melt the 1 tbsp butter then add the orzo.
  3. Stir and cook the orzo until it is slightly golden.
  4. Add 2 cups of water, turn down the heat to low, and simmer the orzo until the water is gone.

Greek Chicken Bowl:

  1. Prepare all of the fresh ingredients and put them into their own serving bowls (buffet style).

Putting everything together:

  1. Place out all of the bowls of prepared ingredients, and let everyone make their own Greek chicken bowl!
  2. Sprinkle on crumbled feta cheese.
  3. Drizzle on tzatziki sauce and Greek salad dressing.
  4. Enjoy!

More delicious bowl recipes:

Mexican Bowl Recipe

Mexican Bowl Recipe

Coconut Lime Grilled Turkey Noodle Bowl

Coconut Lime Grilled Turkey Noodle Bowl

Salad Roll Bowl with Peanut Dressing

Salad Roll Bowl with Peanut Dressing

Have a delicious day!

Mexican Bowl Recipe (with Cilantro Lime Dressing)

This Mexican Bowl Recipe is a fun, delicious and healthy dinner idea!  Serve everything buffet style so everyone can create their own bowl.

Even though we still have over a foot of snow in our backyard on April 10 (right?!!!), my mind is still turning towards summer.  I just can’t wait…and can taste it already.  I’m dreaming of warm sunny days on my flower filled deck, of BBQ’s and backyard parties.  It will come, it will come, it will come.  But for now, I’m going to eat like it’s summer, with fresh and light dinners that taste of warmer days.  With the added benefit that my bathing suit might fit a little nicer by July. 😉

My goal is to introduce more healthy and fresh dinner recipes to my family, and if they are delicious enough they might not even realize they’re eating better!  One of the ways I like to do this is to offer buffet style bowl dinners.  So basically, I put out a selection of ingredients, and everyone can put together their own dinner bowl. My kids love the interactive nature of the dinner, and I love that we’re eating more healthy, so it’s a win-win all over.

I thought it would be fun to share the bowls I am making with you!  First up, a Mexican Bowl Recipe.

Mexican Bowl Recipe

Everyone in my house loves anything Mexican inspired, so this Mexican Bowl Recipe is always a big hit when I serve it.  Bursting with fresh ingredients with fresh flavour.

Mexican Bowl Recipe

You can offer any of your favourite taco toppings to go with this bowl.  For ours, I put out fresh sliced peppers, tomatoes, onions, purple cabbage, beans, corn, avocado and ground beef cooked with taco seasoning.  I leave out the tacos for this dinner, just to make things a little more healthy.  You can even leave out the rice if you wish.

Mexican Bowl Recipe

Then, when the bowls are all assembled, drizzle them with the delicious cilantro lime salad dressing…so so good.

Mexican Bowl Recipe

Just look at this colourful and tasty bowl…then watch everyone gobble it up.

Mexican Bowl Recipe

I think my favourite part of this bowl is the dressing…it’s made with fresh cilantro, garlic and lime juice and tastes amazing.  Tangy and a perfect topping to this Mexican bowl.

Mexican Bowl Recipe

This Mexican Bowl is such a simple dinner recipe, and can be ready in under 1 hour!  Enjoy.

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Mexican Bowl Recipe


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Description

This Mexican Bowl Recipe is a fun, delicious and healthy dinner idea!  Serve everything buffet style so everyone can create their own bowl.


Ingredients

Cilantro Lime Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (a handful)
  • 1 clove of garlic, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • zest and juice from 1 lime
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper

Ground Beef:

Mexican Bowl:

  • 1 cup sliced grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced purple cabbage
  • 2 cups corn
  • 1 can chickpeas or black beans
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 sliced avocado
  • lime wedges
  • 1 – 2 cups cooked rice

Instructions

Cilantro Lime Dressing:

  1. Add all of the dressing ingredients into a food processor (or use a hand blender), and pulse until all the ingredients are mixed well.  Set aside.

Ground Beef:

  1. In a skillet add the ground beef and cook until it is no longer pink.  Then drain and return to the pan.
  2. Add the taco seasoning and water, and simmer for a few minutes, until the water is gone.

Mexican Bowl:

  1. Prepare all of the fresh ingredients and put them into their own serving bowls (buffet style).

Putting everything together:

  1. Place out all of the bowls of prepared ingredients, and let everyone make their own Mexican bowl!

More delicious bowl recipes:

Greek Chicken Bowl

Greek Chicken Bowl Recipe

Coconut Lime Grilled Turkey Noodle Bowl

Coconut Lime Grilled Turkey Noodle Bowl

Salad Roll Bowl with Peanut Dressing

Salad Roll Bowl with Peanut Dressing

Have a delicious day!

What’s For Dinner? Pulled Pork Sandwiches Menu

This summer inspired dinner menu includes Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Homemade Coleslaw, Grilled Corn on the Cob, and Lemon Shortbread Squares for dessert!

Welcome back to What’s For Dinner!  This week I’m sharing a summer inspired dinner menu, because with this long winter we could all use a reminder that summer is in fact coming!  It is coming right?! But don’t worry…if your deck is still covered in snow like ours still is, you don’t have to shovel a path to your BBQ to make this dinner…you can bake the pulled pork and corn on the cob right in your oven.  Serve with homemade coleslaw and sweet pickles.  So delicious.  Then enjoy Lemon Shortbread Squares for dessert.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches Dinner Menu

  • Main Dish: Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  • Side Dish: Homemade Coleslaw
  • Side Dish: Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Lime Butter
  • Dessert:  Lemon Shortbread Squares

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Coleslaw

This recipe for Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Coleslaw is a favourite in our house.  I bake the pulled pork in the oven, and make a simple and classic coleslaw to top the sandwiches!  Serve with sweet or dill pickles.  Yum.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Lime Butter

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Lime Butter makes a perfect side dish.  Corn grilled on the BBQ is the best (you can also bake these in the oven).  And so easy.  The butter and herbs soak into the corn as it roasts, and makes the corn so flavourful and sweet.

Lemon Shortbread Squares

Make these Lemon Shortbread Squares for dessert.  They’re tangy, fresh and so lemony.  And a perfect dessert for this summer inspired dinner!

Another simple and quick dinner menu idea!  I hope you enjoy it!

More Meal Planning Ideas:

Visit my Meal Planning Page for more What’s For Dinner Menu Ideas.  There are so many meal ideas from pasta, to burgers, to spaghetti and more!

Have a delicious day!